Eric Paz spent 12 years with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, serving as a law enforcement officer since the age of 20. He is an active volunteer with the Big Paws Canine Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing therapy canines to disabled veterans and first responders injured in the line of duty. (Take a look at the photo of his service dog Toby!) Eric is studying to get a degree in psychology to help other officers experiencing PTSD, and the grant from the 999 Foundation will help with his schooling. His other photos showcase him during an active hunt for a murder suspect and with his family at church this past Christmas.