Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Deputy Shares Memories of Past Olympic Games

Deputy Dan Siebenaler stopped by St. John the Baptist Catholic School-Vermillion to talk about his Olympic experience with students at the PreK through 6th grade school. Siebenaler, an alumnae of St. John's, is a deputy with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and has a diverse background in law enforcement.  After reading an ad in a magazine in 1996, he decide to become a volunteer security officer for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.  He spent three weeks in Atlanta volunteering at several events and also learning the importance of Olympic pin trading.  Siebenaler started a collection of pins that were given to him as a volunteer, some that he purchased himself, and some he traded with others at the Olympic Games.  Six years later, Siebenaler volunteered again in Security at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and met many people brought together by the games and pin trading.  For the Salt Lake City games, Siebenaler even had his own pin designed and created to trade with others.  By learning the unique culture of pin trading, Siebenaler met a wide variety of people, from a three year old at a McDonald's restaurant eagerly trading a Home Depot pin to a pilot of Air Force One, who happily traded for one of Siebenaler's custom pins.  Along with his pins, Siebenaler brought his uniforms and other Olympic memorabilia to share with the students.  The students and teachers enjoyed hearing Siebenaler's memories and seeing his one-of-a-kind collection.

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