Biography: 
Earl Lewis, Jr. is a current Security Professional and Private Investigator. He is extremely passionate about contributing to and making a difference in his community. He is a distinguished Army Veteran and a retired Fire Fighter from the Department of the Navy Fire Department. He earned several honors while serving in the United States Army: Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, and he earned the rank of E-5, Sergeant, during his career with the United States Army Infantry Unit. During his extraordinary 20-year tenure with Department of the Navy Fire Department, he was trained in Crash and Rescue, EMT, CPR, and AED. He was able to master his craft, and he became a CPR, Fire Instruction, and Airfield Trainer. His passion for helping others in crisis, led him to serve on several special response missions: provided security during Hurricane Irma in Florida, provided security during Verizon Layoffs in New Jersey, provided security during Pipeline Protests in North Dakota, volunteered during Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, and provided security during President Obama’s visit to Virginia working alongside the Secret Service and Virginia Beach Police Department. He also worked with the Federal Marshall Witness Protection, and he was one of the special appointed Security Officers serving during the Obama Democratic Convention in 2012. His passion for his community, ending gun violence, and his desire to become more active in his community intensified after the loss of his cousin, William Chapman, during a Wal-Mart shooting involving a Portsmouth Officer on April 22, 2015. During this tragedy, he became the family facilitator and mediator. He was able to collaborate with the Portsmouth Chief of Police, City Manager, Commonwealth Attorney, NAACP, televisions stations, and news media personnel. As a result, his contributions lead to the conviction of a Police Officer in Portsmouth ever to be convicted of manslaughter. In addition, his fortitude and hunger for justice lead the City of Portsmouth to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family. Earl is currently studying Criminal Law at Tidewater Community College. He is also an entrepreneur, where he owns and operates Face 2 Face Photography and Elite Private Investigations and Security Consultants. He continues to lead and participate in several peaceful demonstrations to end gun violence, police brutality, and rebuilding communities.