October 17, 2018
By Meg Dickens
Most locals know Dave Quave. He runs security for Johnson County Schools, teaches vocational classes at Northeast Correctional Complex and serves as District 3 Constable. Recently, Quave got a remarkable opportunity from the United States Government. He joined forces with the Secret Service on October 1 to drive in the presidential motorcade during President Trump’s visit to the Tri-Cities.
Freedom Hall filled with people and the crowd kept coming. People gathered outside the site and stayed to watch from a screen prepared. According to U.S. Representative Phil Roe, there were 92,000 requests for rally tickets. Freedom Hall Director Lisa Chamness told the Johnson City Press that it was the largest crowd she could remember.
The opportunity came out of the blue. Quave received a phone call on Thursday, September 27 asking if he would be interested in participating. The caller asked for general information to perform a background check. Quave received an email from Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 29 and a phone call later that afternoon confirming he was chosen for the job. He never thought that he would have this type of opportunity in his lifetime.
“It was an honor and an extraordinary experience,” Quave said. “I’m honored and grateful.”
Quave has 12 years of experience in Johnson County law enforcement and almost 30 years of total experience. However, he planned to retire from the service when he moved from Mississippi to Tennessee. According to Quave, his love of helping people keeps him committed to this career path.
“I don’t think you’re ever really prepared unless you do the job regularly or you’re employed by them,” Quave said.
The highlight of the experience was working with the Secret Service. Quave enjoyed getting to know some of the people from the US capital, learning what they do and how they do it. It was mind-boggling. He did not feel he should get into the job specifics for security reasons but mentioned an extensive protocol.
“To anybody who has an opportunity like this,” Quave declared. “Don’t pass it up.”