A Legacy of Resilience: Honoring Ryan Masales

Bend Don't Break

Mar 26 2024 • 1 hr 22 mins

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Summary
In this episode, we remember Ryan Masales, also known as Chopper, who was an undercover operator for the Delta Police Department. Ryan battled brain cancer and shared his inspiring story. He discussed his early career in law enforcement, his involvement in Project Starboard, and his diagnosis of glioblastoma. Despite the challenges he faced, Ryan remained resilient and focused on spending time with his family. He emphasized the importance of realism and cherishing every moment. This conversation with Chopper and his wife Estelize covers a range of topics, including the importance of always having a plan, the role of physical fitness in their lives, Chopper's passion for tattooing, leaving a legacy, managing critical incidents, the power of love and support, finding hope in the face of adversity, the impact of a mentor, and the lessons they have learned.
Takeaways
  • Ryan Masales, also known as Chopper, was an undercover operator for the Delta Police Department.
  • He battled brain cancer and shared his inspiring story of resilience.
  • Ryan discussed his early career in law enforcement, his involvement in Project Starboard, and his diagnosis of glioblastoma.
  • He emphasized the importance of realism and cherishing every moment. Always have a plan, whether it's in policing or in life.
  • Physical fitness is important for both mental and physical well-being.
  • Find a passion that allows you to leave a lasting impact.
  • Support from loved ones and the community is crucial in difficult times.
  • Hope is a powerful motivator in the face of adversity.
  • Mentors play a significant role in shaping our lives.
  • Focus on the present and make the most of each day.

Chapters
00:00 Remembering Ryan Masales
03:56 Chopper's Early Career
10:19 Project Starboard
29:16 Glioblastoma and Realism
41:36 Managing the Condition
42:04 Always Have a Plan
44:08 The Importance of Working Out
46:19 The Art of Tattooing
50:19 Leaving a Legacy
56:50 Managing Critical Incidents
59:37 The Power of Love and Support
01:05:03 Finding Hope in the Face of Adversity
01:06:03 The Impact of a Mentor
01:19:21 Lessons Learned

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