Introducing the 2022 Team Guardian crew! First responders from the Four Corners area (New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah) with an ever growing support crew.

Row Team

Mark Pfetzer


 Mark was born in Newport, Rhode Island and spent his childhood fishing and exploring the local waters. At age 12 he was introduced to mountaineering which quickly developed into a passion; reaching the summit of mountains on four continents and making two attempts on Everest by age of 16. Following in the path of his father and grandfather, Mark pursued his childhood dream of being in law enforcement, and in 2002 started working as a police officer for Mason, Ohio.  In 2004  he moved to Farmington, New Mexico to continue his career with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.  Mark graduated from the FBI National Academy, Class #266, and currently holds the rank of Captain.  He and his wife Robyn have two children and they spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. 

Jarrod Slindee


  Jarrod was born and raised in Medford, Minnesota and graduated from Alexandria Technical College in 2008 with an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement. In 2008, Jarrod moved to New Mexico and began his career in law enforcement where he currently serves as a Lieutenant with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. He has held many positions within the Sheriff’s Office to include: Patrol Deputy, S.E.T. Deputy, Task Force Officer with U.S. Marshal’s Service, Corporal/FTO, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective Sergeant. Jarrod and his wife, Jill have two children, Brock and Kade. Jarrod enjoys spending his time outdoors with family and friends. Jarrod was introduced to ocean rowing by Mark, a fellow rower, in November 2018 where they started planning for this voyage. 

Rower - TBD

Rower - TBD

Support Crew

Daniel Clark



Daniel Clark was born and raised in Farmington, NM. He gained an aptitude for fixing things growing up by breaking them first. He has built multiple vehicles and engines which took him into working as a mechanic in the oilfield. In 2005, Daniel began a career in law enforcement and has worked in multiple positions within the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and is currently a Captain over patrol. Daniel enjoys spending his time off using public lands; camping, hiking and rock crawling. Daniel is married to his wife, Erica. She is very supportive and ensures he doesn’t do anything too stupid. Daniel has spent most his life strength training and hates any running that doesn’t involve obstacle courses. Daniel has completed three Spartan Trifectas. He has seen many hours on a rower for endurance training but has zero experience ocean rowing. Daniel was introduced the idea of ocean rowing by Mark and Jarrod and was intrigued by the challenge and determination needed to accomplish the goal.