When responding to emergencies — whether it be a major car accident, a house fire or a fatal EMS call — an important part of Rev. Daniel Wiese’s job as a chaplain, he says, is to simply be a good listener.
“A lot of it is just sitting,” he said. “People want someone to talk to. We can end up sitting for hours.”
Wiese, a pastor at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene, is the newest volunteer chaplain for the local police and fire departments. He replaced Tom Matthews, who has volunteered for the past five years alongside another longtime chaplain.