Jordan's STory

​"serving countless people in the best and worst moments of their lives has most prepared Jordan for the responsibility of Sheriff."

  
Jordan White was born in California in 1978. His parents moved him and his older brother to Bigfork Montana when he was only a few years old. When he was only seven,  he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle and was airlifted by the ALERT helicopter. The family home burned days after his eleventh birthday and he had his first experience of firefighters who worked through the night trying to save the house in subzero temperatures.

These experiences were just the beginning of a long list of defining moments in Jordan’s life. In fact, the experiences themselves had less impact on him then the people they included. His substitute schoolteacher was the EMT who responded with the ambulance to serve him after the bicycle accident. They would work together on the ambulance years later as she taught him again, but this time to save lives. He remembers the fireman who fell from the roof of the home and injured his back on the ice while fighting the fire. His neighbor was a deputy sheriff with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and later became his sergeant.  

Jordan moved with his family to a remote neighborhood outside Eureka, Montana after the house fire. He was homeschooled from the fourth grade through high school and spent the summer months logging, building, and working on the family sawmill. He began working as a horse wrangler in Glacier National Park when he was seventeen and returned as the barn manager when he was eighteen.

Jordan moved back to Bigfork, Montana at eighteen and joined the Bigfork Ambulance and Ferndale Fire Department. He worked three summers as a cruise boat captain on the Far West, a seventy-two ton, two hundred-passenger boat, on Flathead Lake. In the off-season, Jordan accepted other work that included being a full-time EMT for a paid ambulance service in Polson, Montana and was a commercial school bus driver. 

Jordan began his law enforcement career when he joined the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy on his twenty-first birthday. He was recruited by the Montana Highway Patrol a year later and attended the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. He earned the Academic Achievement Award and moved to West Yellowstone, Montana for his first duty assignment.  While living in West Yellowstone, Jordan also worked for the local Police Department to develop a school resource officer program and he participated in bicycle patrol and snowmobile patrol duties.

Jordan moved back home to Bigfork after two years and returned to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office as a full-time deputy. Here Jordan could use all the skills he had worked to develop. During his career with the sheriff’s office, Jordan was a first line supervisor, field-training officer, rescue diver, SWAT member, search and rescue coordinator, deputy coroner, and finally the undersheriff. He started the county dive team and learned to write grants to support and grow the specialty operations within the sheriff’s office.

During his time doing so many jobs with the sheriff’s office, Jordan learned valuable time was being lost in saving people, responding to crimes, and apprehending suspects. He embarked on a campaign to find funding and resources to incorporate aviation support into public safety. When he ran into dead end after dead end, Jordan took matters into his own hands and funded his own flight training and airplane to provide aviation support. Eventually, this led to a far more complex vision and idea that incorporated a public/private philanthropic partnership.

Jordan pitched his dream vision to Whitefish Philanthropist Michael Goguen in 2012. Goguen not only endorsed the program and agreed to fund the entire startup but also employed Jordan while the program was developed and grown. Jordan retained his status with the sheriff’s office as a special deputy while also being the executive director and serving as a pilot, rescue specialist, hoist operator, and rescue swimmer. The rescue program was intended to be world class and reached that threshold quickly. Today the program operates under the authority of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office and provides hoist rescue, law enforcement support, and search and rescue services across Montana and Idaho funded exclusively by Mr. Goguen.

Jordan resigned from Two Bear in 2017 to build a home in Somers with his wife Natalie and further his career in law enforcement. Sheriff Curry and former sheriff’s Meehan and Dupont have mentored Jordan through various appointments and specialty assignments, but serving countless people in the best and worst moments of their lives has most prepared Jordan for the responsibility of sheriff.