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AGTS Alumni Perspective: Victor Hoffer

Name: Victor Hoffer

Graduation Year: 1980

Major: Biblical Studies

Current Position: Paramedic, Attorney at Law

City and State: Mount Angel, Oregon


Tell us about your career and what you do now.

Victor Hoffer is a professional paramedic, Attorney at Law, and Volunteer Captain Paramedic Firefighter.

He received the Paramedic of the Year Award for 2017, from Marion County Fire District #1.  He also received the Excellence in Training Award for 2017.  Victor remains a career paramedic with Marion County Fire.

In addition, he received the Paramedic of the Year Award for 2017 (5 times in total including 2022), from Mount Angel Fire District #15.  Victor continues to be a volunteer with Mt. Angel Fire.  He continues the community service started by his parents in Mt. Angel.  His Father was a firefighter/EMT for 41 years and the Fire Chief for 15 years, and his Mother was the Mayor of Mt. Angel.

Victor continues to practice law in Mt. Angel. His focus is on elder law, business law and serving the disenfranchised and underserved in his community.

He serves on the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee. The OTSC is the lead highway safety committee in Oregon.  He was appointed Chair of the Committee by Governor Kate Brown in 2016.

What is your favorite memory from AGTS?

The robust discussion in class and the deep understanding of the professors of people and theology.

How did your experience at AGTS prepare you for life after graduation?

AGTS helped solidify my desire to serve my community at the hands-on grassroots level, and helped me learn how to focus in critical moments.

What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?

Love what you do, and please remember this:

“Give respect and courtesy to all people. Show love and kindness in all you do.  Your life’s legacy will be the charity you show to others.”

Victor Hoffer

This is found on the back of some of my “baseball cards” – my medic cards.

Education, Awards and Honors 

Victor Hoffer received the National Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association three times (1997, 2002, 2005).  He was also recognized by Governor Ted Kulongoski with the Governor’s Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award in 2010 and by the Oregon Health Authority with the EMS Cross (2004), a Community Service Medal (2007), and a Meritorious Service Medal (2012) for his service to EMS and the community.  He has also received the Mt. Angel Fire Paramedic of the Year award several times.

Furthermore, Victor has received 3 Unit Citations from the OHA, one while with Woodburn Ambulance and two while with Metro West Ambulance for their work at the Oregon State Fair for high quality medicine and an Excellence in Education Citation for their Good to Great leadership course.

He received the Paramedic of the Year Award from Washington County EMS in 1994 and two Excellence in EMS Awards in 1993 and 2000.

Victor Hoffer has a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was Vice-President of the Student Council.  He was accorded the highest honor at the Law School, being selected as a member of the Cornelius Honor Society.  He was the Phi Delta Phi graduate of the year, and received the Silver Key Award from the American Bar Association Law Student Division.

He received a Masters of Art degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He was a Divinity student at Fuller Theological Seminary and was a student Chaplain at UCLA Medical Center and completed a clinical internship in Pastoral Care at Memorial Hermann Hospital in conjunction with The Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Victor received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanguard University of Southern California, formerly Southern California College in Costa Mesa.   He attended Chemeketa Community College for his paramedic training. He is a member of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the British Association of Immediate Care and the National Association of EMTs.

He is steadfast in his commitment to serving all people. Victor is happy and thankful to serve his community. As his sons have always confirmed, “you are doing what you are meant to do!”