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Roll Call: The Calling

By Mikey, Retired LAPD

Today is June 15, 2017, a day after the shooting in Virginia and the near massacre that was thwarted. Everyone there, the politicians, the aides, the whosevers, and the coppers heard their calling. Our politicians are huddled in a dug-out knowing that “this is it.” The last good byes, the argument not finished because the point was not made, the question about a bill to in act, the next appointment, a staffer you’d like to complement and now this, the end? The end of your calling as a politician?

NO, one of you said, “a gun stopped a gun.” Let me rephrase that, a “calling” stopped that. The coppers,’ CNN calls them LEOs or Law Enforcement Officers–but they are coppers, true and blue. Trained like no others. You go into the valley of death because that is what you do, trained to do, and you don’t look for an exit, the way back, or the cavalry. You are the cavalry, the troops, or just the one solider. You may ask for back up, or you don’t have the time, but it doesn’t, matter, the whole thing just landed on you.

AdobeStock_102706188So now you work the problem and everything that implies. You face it head on, frame by frame, still shots, video, very little audio because all your adrenalin is focused on viewing what you are up against. When those coppers put the shooter down, it wasn’t over, in their minds things were still being processed: “Is he the only one, is there a lay off shooter, why here, why now,” and on and on. If being a LEO was easy, everyone could do it, but it’s not and not everyone can.

Why the bonds are so tight among coppers says reams about the calling. And it does not end after you “pull the pin” (retire).  Back in ’08, the year I retired, Rick Alatorre along with Joe Gonzalez and Art Placencia and I started meeting for breakfast once a month at a local restaurant in the Inland Empire. Hal Collier and I started one at about the same time in the Glendale area. As time went on, the “gathering or roll call,” caused both groups to seek larger haunts. Work, (yup, couldn’t stay at home) caused me to focus on the local gathering and Hal ran with the valley group. The local group now has 85+ attendees and we meet the fourth Thursday of the month.

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From policemag.com: to run or not to run photo by policemag

There are coppers in attendance of Ed, Hal’s and my generation and our common thoughts and conversations are the exact same! Just read Ed’s stories and compare them to Hal’s and mine, different incidents and years to be sure but the calling is interred woven in the “Themes.” I have a commercial pilot rating, multi-engine and helicopter. Yup, was gonna be a zoomie for life. I got to do what I wanted to do with that, but ended up doing what I was supposed to do. I answered the calling, my calling. What was, is yours? How fortunate to have been chosen to do and be something bigger than yourself, to mean something to so many and still, today be able to share that others who heard and surrendered to it.

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7 comments on “Roll Call: The Calling

  1. fuzthatwaslapd7612
    July 23, 2017

    VERY WELL SAID MIKEY, I’VE OFTEN THOUGHT OF OUR ”CALLING” AS AKIN TO THE PRIESTHOOD. SOMETHING ONLY WE CAN FEEL AND UNDERSTAND.
    I ALSO JUST NOW REALIZE WHO YOU ARE… WHEN I MADE THE FIRST CALL TO JOIN THE ” OLD CENTURIONS” YOU AND HAL WERE THE HONCHO’S.

    AGAIN, NICELY DONE

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  2. fuzthatwaslapd7612
    July 23, 2017

    JUST REREAD IT FOR THE THIRD TIME, VERY POWERFUL CLOSING, YOUR LAST HALF DOZEN LINES REACH RIGHT OUT AND GRAB YOU BY THE THROAT. I ALMOST GOT ALL MISTY EYED FOR A MINUTE.. DO WE REALLY REALIZE HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE TO BE ONE OF THE ”CHOSEN FEW” ?

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  3. John Schick
    July 23, 2017

    I sure miss those meetings, Mikey! But, I miss Bob the most one of the more exceptional people I’ve ever met…..RIP & God bless!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Margie
    July 23, 2017

    A calling is a calling for life. It doesn’t stop when you change jobs or retire. If you’re in it you’re in it for life. So many brave men and women have met this “calling” and I am lucky enough to call some “family”, Mikey, Monica, Bourbon and Pete.Thank you all for your years of service and your continued service “off the beat”.

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  5. mmgornell
    July 23, 2017

    Excellent. Thank you!

    Like

  6. lapd16336
    July 23, 2017

    I did a survey awhile back on why cops joined the department. The responses were similar. Some had always wanted to be cops and a few took the test because the fire department wasn’t hiring and they needed a job. The funny part is that they got the calling after being a cop. Once you get it in your blood your hooked and you will take it to your grave. Hal

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