Alumni Spotlight: James Irvin Ridley '75

What is your current occupation?
I am retired/self-employed as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant for public safety agencies. I was a Fort Wayne Firefighter for 29 years. Upon retirement, I was employed by the International Association of Fire Fighters, providing educational training to over 325K career firefighters across the US and Canada, and retired after serving 11 years of service.
What led you to your current occupation?
There were several steps that led me to my current occupation, more importantly, serving in the public safety/fire fighting workspace for 40 years, allowed me to help others. As written in John 15:12-13. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” In the fire service, everyone we respond to needs our help, they are our friends.
What was your education after Concordia?
United States Marine Corps
What did you love most about CLHS?
Christ-centered, the interaction with my classmates, and some of the life-long friendships that I've been able to enjoy to this day.
What advice would you pass along to students?
Stay focused on what's important, keep our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the center of your decisions and walk daily with Christ in all you do.