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Name: Chris Collins.

Department: Public Safety.

How long have you been at MUSC: Since July 2007.

What was your first job: Cutting grass.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job: I’m partial to children and older citizens. I like making them feel safe and building trust, especially among young people.

Pets: A 160-pound English mastiff named Sasha; a 60-pound boxer named Daily; and a 2.5-pound Yorkie-Chihuahua named Pippy, short for pipsqueak.

Something you collect: Sports memorabalia and anything with Michigan Wolverines on it. (I’m about to paint a room blue and yellow.)

Favorite book: The Football Coach’s Bible, because I’m coaching at Gregg Middle School in Summerville.

Pet peeve: People that look at you and don’t speak. That drives me crazy. I was raised to speak to people.

How do you spend your free time: I’m a taxi driver. I have two teenagers who are very involved in school and sports, and I have another son away at college.

How do you stay fit: Riding the bike. It’s part of my job.

Biggest challenge: Dealing with the fact that you can’t solve everything.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008

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