Director of SFPD Youth Fishing Program – 2014
As a police officer, Ford’s unique perspective on youth led him to volunteer and then direct the San Francisco Police Department’s Youth Fishing Program. “We just want a chance to steer kids in the right direction,” he said. In 25 years, he helped introduce thousands of youngsters, many of them disadvantaged, to fishing, and in the process provide a window where they could see a better way of life. Trips ventured out the Golden Gate for salmon and to Lake Merced for trout. He also volunteered to help turn the therapy pool each year at Shiner’s Hospital For Children into a trout pond so physically-challenged youth could catch a fish and have a brighter day. Ford is also an avid outdoorsman whose adventures have taken him across North America from Mexico to Alaska on world-class adventures. Among thousands of trips, he has caught giant salmon and halibut in Alaska; marlin, tuna and Dorado off Mexico; giant grouper in Florida; and dove for lobster in the Caribbean.