By Sage Acteson and Jacob Shay
Current: What is your full name?
McGarrigan: Derek McGarrigan.
Current: If you could be any wild animal what would you be?
McGarrigan: Nothing underwater, but I could be a seagull. Everyone hates them, and I would do it just to know what it feels like to be hated like that. After I turned back I would be like ‘wow, that sucked’ and become a seagull activist.
Current: What is your favorite wild animal?
McGarrigan: Giraffes, those are fun to look at.
Current: What is the best advice you have ever received?
McGarrigan: “You’ve got to feel the breeze to know its there.” -Father, Jim McGarrigan
Current: What is the best advice you have ever given?
McGarrigan: “Be strong enough to say and do what is right.”
Current: Any pet peeves?
McGarrigan: Cleaning the house, reasking the same question, and joking around in a serious time.
Current: Favorite Movie?
McGarrigan: My favorite action movie would be Predator I and my favorite comedy would be Fletch.
Current: Favorite book?
McGarrigan: Ender’s Game
Current: Favorite color?
Current: What college did you attend and what did you study?
McGarrigan: I went to Anchorage for about a year and a half, then bounced back between Anchorage and Bellingham. I didn’t have the drive to go to class or the focus I needed.
Current: Favorite past time for out of school life?
McGarrigan: Either baseball or going to the park with my kids.
Current: Favorite getaway?
McGarrigan: My favorite getaway in town would be going on walks with my kids. Out of town, we ferry to Prince Rupert and go on a road trip to Bellingham.
Current: Favorite sport?
Current: How long have you lived in Alaska?
McGarrigan: Thirty-three years, most of it in Ketchikan.
Current: Where were you born?
Current: Socks with sandals or are you a normal person?
McGarrigan: I can’t do socks and sandals. I can’t even do socks and slides.
Current: iPhone or Android?
Current: Pie or cake?
McGarrigan: Cake, and I would take chocolate over vanilla.
Current: Are you right or left handed?
Current: Do you have any pets?
McGarrigan: I have a teacup chihuahua named Machete Jay and a hedgehog named Sancho.
Current: What superpower would you have if you could have one?
McGarrigan: I would have the strength of Mr. Incredible.
Current: What countries have you traveled to?
Current: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
McGarrigan: A blanket, for comfort, fresh water, to survive, and fire to stay warm during cold nights.
Current: What is the difference between a taco and a soft taco ?
McGarrigan: One is much better, soft tacos all the way. With a hard taco you end up with a fork and plate of nachos.
Current: Do you drink soda?
McGarrigan: Yes, diet Dr. Pepper and Cola.
Current: What is the weirdest food you’ve ever been offered?
McGarrigan: Oysters, fresh out of the shell they are disgusting.
Current: If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?
McGarrigan: I would visit landmarks around the Mediterranean; the Coliseum, Rome, Greece, Egypt, the whole circuit.
Current: Ethnic background?
McGarrigan: I am mostly Tsimshian and some Norwegian.
Current: What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced and how’d you overcome it?
McGarrigan: Within one year I got hired, married, bought a house, and had a kid. We overcame everything by sticking together and talking it out.
Current: What question do you hate to answer?
McGarrigan: Hey, do you have a minute?
Current: What do you think the most valuable thing in life is?
McGarrigan: It’s going to sound cheesy, but hope. You have to have hope.
Current: Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
McGarrigan: The beach, so I can be by the ocean. It’s nice to have water nearby.
Current:Would you rather travel by plane, train, boat, or car?
Current: Worst injury you’ve ever had?
McGarrigan: When I was 12 or 13 I was running laps in the gym and rolled my ankle. I actually tore all of the ligaments and stretched the achilles tendon in my right ankle.
Current: Favorite food?
McGarrigan: Cheeseburgers. I really like a double bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg.
Current: How would you describe your humor?
McGarrigan: Good sense of humor, don’t care if people make fun of me
Current: What are your least favorite movies?
McGarrigan: Couples Retreat, The Breakup, Killers, The Five-Year Engagement
Current: Do you hunt?
McGarrigan: I have never been hunting and don’t really know how.
Current: If you could hunt any animal, which animal would it be?
McGarrigan: Alligator, to get an alligator skull
Current: What would you use to hunt it?
McGarrigan: A gun
Current: Would you even hunt an animal with a taser
McGarrigan: A bear
Current: Have you ever tased a bear?
McGarrigan: No, I have heard legends and folklore of it though.
Current: Would you let me fly drones through the school?
McGarrigan: Heck yeah.
Current: Remote control helicopters or cars?
McGarrigan: For now I would have to pick cars, because they are fast and you can make tracks for them. In a few years though I choose a helicopter if they continue to get cheaper.
Current: Is it possible to drown in fire?
Current: What are some songs that shouldn’t have been written?
McGarrigan: I can’t stand almost anything by Pitbull and Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth.
Current: What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever had to deal with?
McGarrigan: Probably overly drunk fools, they tend to make life very difficult.
Current: How long have you been a member of the police force?
McGarrigan: Thirteen years and five months.
Who is your hero?
Current: How many pillows do you sleep with?