Corporal Shawn A. Dennstedt – San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
One of my son’s friends made this poster featuring his stern ‘Come to Jesus’ look. A 20+ year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, he is now an instructor at the San Diego Police Academy teaching new law enforcement officers the ropes before they hit the mean streets. I remember that very same look from my Marine Corps Drill Instructors almost 49 years ago, usually just before they smacked me up along side the head.
Corporal Stephen F. Dennstedt – USMC, age 18
Some say we look alike, but in this photo I have my nice guy smile on. And Shawn is more physically intimidating at 6′ 4″ and with hardly any body fat than me. Where he could probably rough you up some to get your attention, I would probably have to shoot you. Shawn has about six more years with the department before his retirement, and he’ll still be a young man full of piss & vinegar. Contrary to what this photo might imply, he actually is a nice guy and a GREAT father. The one big downside to traveling the world is not seeing enough of my kids.