October 1, 2017 will always be remembered as Las Vegas’ day of infamy. Death and injury rained down on country music lovers from the heights of the thirty-second floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, stealing the lives of fifty-eight people and causing injury to more than five hundred others. Continue reading The Lonely Wheelchair
I needed to find a Christmas meeting speaker for the December meeting. I was fortunate to find John Carlsen. At that time, John was a Deputy Inspector with the Nassau County, N.Y. Police Department. He and his wife, Kathleen had a son named Danny. John came to the Shields meeting because he had a story to tell, a story about Danny. Continue reading Guest Post: Danny
By Anthony Morgan, Retired Oakland PD Anthony wrote this tribute to a fellow cop in 1983. It stands the test of time.–Thonie JOE 1908-1983 A friend of mine passed away a few days ago. His name was Joe-the last name is not important. He was 74 years old. Joe was a cop. He retired about 14 years ago after 33 years’ service with the San Francisco Police Department. If my math is correct he started in 1936. Joe was a cop up to the day he died. He loved the profession and he was immensely proud of the Inspectors … Continue reading JOE
By Anthony Morgan, Retired Oakland Police Department What is your badge or star worth to you? To the new officer it is a sign that says “Look at what I have accomplished, look at what I am.” It doesn’t take long for the badge to become a part of the owner and the owner part of the badge. Maybe that is because it was earned through the trying months of the academy and field training, a successfully completed probation and becoming part of a team. In the early years of a career the badge rarely leaves the officer. When not … Continue reading Guest Post: What is Your Badge or Star Worth to You?
By Thonie Hevron Our usual post from our roster of coppers is taking a break today. For Hal Collier’s take on turkey day on the job, go to Thursday’s post. We have a lot to be thankful for: if you … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
** Special Post ** FYI: Readers may know that I live in Sonoma County–Petaluma, specifically. We are experiencing a catastrophic firestorm, primarily in Santa Rosa, where I lived previously. The mister and I are safe and my guest posters are as well. They all live out of the area. However, keep us in your prayers as the fires (about 6 different incidents) are stretching resources and so far 0% contained. Emergency responders are primarily saving lives first then will concentrate on structures and wildland. Guest Post TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS by Keith Bettinger Posted on October 6, 2017 on Jackie’s … Continue reading Special Post from Las Vegas
What follows can only be described as an act committed by me in a moment of weakness. Not done in a mean-spirited manner but only because I had lost control so to speak, and, well, “the devil made me do it.” Continue reading The Call Box: The Strange Case of the Poisoned Mushrooms