Recently our police department chaplain, Chaplain Ray Fairman was honored by a national foundation for his humanitarian efforts.
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On the 18th of December, the Winterville Police Departments Chaplain
was inducted into the Legion Of Honor of The Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
Ray R Fairman
is nominated for membership in the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains for his
unselfish service to his
community and his
Ray is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 with over 42 years of active and reserve service.
He also has more than 33 years of sworn civilian law enforcement service and has, since he retired from those careers 5 years ago, been ordained to the ministry by Calvary Chapel and subsequently certified as a Christian Chaplain by the Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training Commission and serves as an unpaid reserve officer on two law enforcement agencies in his community, as well as the chaplain to the Winterville GA Police Department.
Ray is on the volunteer staff of The Christian Law Enforcement Summit and participates in 2 six day law enforcement marriage retreats each year.
donates all donations for his
speaking and teaching to the scholarship fund for those retreats.
has been called upon to provide Teaching, Spiritual Counseling and Guest Sermons
at various churches in his
home state and the southeastern United States.
is also a Volunteer for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team and responds to disasters as dispatched such as Hurricane Katrina
, where he
volunteered for 30 days to work with the New Orleans Police Department
by day and the responding military chaplains at Belle Chase Joint Reserve Base at night and on weekends.
coordinated 3 relief convoys during Katrina as well as escorting 2 additional relief efforts that he
also responded to the tragic campus shooting at Northern Illinois University
and spent a week working with veterans, active military, students, public safety employees and others affected by the crisis.
While there he
accepted 2 requests to speak on his
volunteer efforts and acted as a liaison with local military, ROTC and public safety personnel.
Ray serves as the Adjutant for the Athens GA Detachment of the Marine Corps League and has tirelessly coordinated the Toys for Tots program in NE GA for the Joseph Schmittou Detachment of the Marine Corps League for the past several years, averaging 2500 miles on his personal vehicle while personally bringing in over 9000 toys this year.
has participated in the USMCR Toys for Tots program every year since 1972.
has donated copious amounts of time to the fundraising efforts of the Marine Corps League
and has continuously participated in our local "Operation-Support-A- Hero" Packages for Troops efforts
While the U.S. Navy Chaplain stationed at NSCS Athens was forward deployed to Operation OIF, Ray
volunteered to provide what ever chaplaincy services he
could to the Marines and Sailors stationed there and was been tasked with speaking engagements and graduation duties by the NSCS Marine Detachment.
has authored two books, teaches classes at various locations around the country and speaks at conferences on leadership, ethics and character refusing compensation for these undertakings.
provides and maintains 3 non-profit websites at no cost to the agencies and acts as webmaster for them all.
seeks every opportunity to give back to the military and law enforcement communities because of what he
learned by experience of their individual and group spiritual needs during his
tenure in both professions.
Ray's wife Joan is a retired RN and a Hospice Volunteer who was a USAR 1LT in the Nurse Corps
and they have a son who is a USAR MAJ MI deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and a daughter who is a USAR CPT also in the Nurse Corps
who recently returned from serving four years in Germany and a son-in-law who was a USA MAJ who served in both Kosovo and OIF as a Battalion Surgeon with the 1st Armored division in Baghdad.
Patriotism and service to this nation seems to be a family characteristic in the Fairman household.
There is no need to document all the many other ways in which Ray
continues to find ways to serve others, suffice it to say he
feels the best example of leadership is serving his
fellow man, therefore it is with great pleasure that Ray's nomination is forwarded.