Monthly Archives: November 2009

Line Of Duty Death – Some thoughts

A “line of duty” death is something that officers know can happen, but don’t really like thinking about too much. But today they are. In cities and small towns across the USA, cops are thinking about it. Praying for the families of the Lakewood officers, the LPD. They are also praying for themselves. Praying that they will be spared yet another shift. That the next traffic stop won’t be their last. Praying that the group picture will not have an officer missing. Praying that they never have to hear that final call come across their radio. Praying that their husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is never met at the door by the chief with bad news.

May 15th is the day that Congress set aside every year as Police Memorial Day to honor and remember the over 18,000 who have given their lives protecting our way of life. But as citizens, let’s not wait until then. Let us join with our officers in prayer. Help them make it through another shift. Bring them home safely. Spare them from the horror and tragedy that conspires against them. Pray that no one has to explain to another 4 year old girl why someone shot her daddy or mommy.

I pray that it never happens again in my state, but the odds are against me. But I’ll pray for it anyway. And if something does happen, Dr. Mike will be there just like I promised.

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Open message to the Lakewood Police Department

Just a note: This is the email I sent to the LPD a few moments ago. I’m sure they have gotten tons of email and support from the community and thousands around the world. At least I hope so.

I am deeply saddened by the LOD deaths of Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owen, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards. The heartfelt appreciation of a truly grateful American citizen goes out to their families and friends. They served honorably and faithfully, answering the call of duty when they were needed.

Please express my sympathy and deepest condolences to their families , and that they are in my prayers during this time of grief. They are true heroes, and I hope the fact that they are honored by so many brings them some comfort in this time of loss. May they feel the comfort and love from across this nation embrace them and hold them up during this difficult time. We will not forget them and will forever be in their debt for what they have done for us.

Please let the members of the Lakewood Police Department know they are in my prayers during this dark time as they continue the mission of making our world a safer place. To each of you I say a big “Thank You” for doing what you do everyday. Thank you for going into “the office” when you don’t feel like it. Thank you for working the night shift when we are safe in bed. Thank you for putting on that uniform everyday. Thank you for working holidays. Thank you for going through doors when you know what can be behind them. You are in my prayers. I can not even imagine how you feel and what you are going through. Just know that there are thousands and thousands of people this very moment praying for your department. Know that for every person who would wish harm on you that there are thousands of us who cheer you everyday. Being an officer can be a thankless job. But take comfort in the fact that you are supported by lots of folks in and outside your community. You guys are making a difference.

And if there is anything I can do, don’t hesitate to ask.

Las Vegas Metro Police lose a fourth officer – 2nd this week

Correctional Officer Daniel Leach of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “was driving a prisoner transport van to the Tucker Holding Facility to pickup prisoners when the vehicle collided with a semi truck that pulled into his path from a side street.”

Correctional Officer Daniel Leach joins three other officers from the LVMPD this year. Police Officer Milburn (Millie) Beitel III and Police Officer James Manor were both killed in the Line of Duty this year, and Police Officer Trevor Nettleton was murdered just a couple of days prior to this accident.

I commented earlier that “I can not imagine going into work and finding out that one of my co-workers was senselessly murdered the previous day, especially when 2 others have died this year.” Now imagine going in to work and 2 co-workers for the week. That is exactly what the officers of the LVMPD are going through today.

His family is in my prayers. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are still in my prayers during this dark time as they continue the mission of making our world a safer place.

For those of you who are readers out there, be nicer to your officers today. Buy them lunch. Say “Hi” at the gas station. Don’t complain about your speeding ticket. Whether you live in Vegas, Dayton, Lexington or in some town no one has heard of, officers have all lost a brother. Again. The LOD toll is up to 106 for the year. Lower than last year, but still entirely too high.

And if you do live in Vegas and you see an officer, be extra nice. You’ve got some good guys out there who are hurting.

Las Vegas Metro Police lose a third officer

I was planning on writing an article about my recent experience with the Huber Heights Police Academy , but that will wait for a few days. Police Officer Trevor Nettleton of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department “was shot and killed after being confronted by several robbery suspects in his garage. He had returned home from his shift and was working in the garage when the three gang members entered and confronted him.”

Police Officer Trevor Nettleton joins two other officers from the LVMPD this year. Police Officer Milburn (Millie) Beitel III and Police Officer James Manor were both killed in the Line of Duty this year.

I can not imagine going into work and finding out that one of my co-workers was senselessly murdered the previous day, especially when 2 others have died this year. But that is exactly what the officers of the LVMPD are going through today.

His family is in my prayers.He is survived by his wife, two-year-old son, two-month-old daughter, and parents.

The officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are again in my prayers during this dark time as they continue the mission of making our world a safer place.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It was this time last year that I sent out my first email. So if this is your first email from me, welcome. If you have received my emails before, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to communicate with you again.

Gratitude. Gratefulness. That’s what this season is all about. Next week Thanksgiving is upon us. How fast the year has gone by! I’d like to take this moment and encourage us to take account of the things in our lives we have to be thankful for.

1. Family
Sometimes we focus on the challenges that daily life can bring in our families. But this season, let’s focus on the happiness that they bring. Savor the moment.

2. Friends
Few things are as irreplaceable as a good friend. Someone you can talk to and bounce things off of. People who know us and still choose to be our friends.

3. Co-Workers
The thing I’ve noticed most about officers, fire fighters, and EMS alike, is the way you guys stand by each other. I’ve noticed the camaraderie. One of the best traits around.

Earlier this year I expressed concerns about deaths in the line of duty. Thankfully, those numbers are now down compared to last year. We hope and pray that 2010 will continue the trend.

To those of you who will be working this Thanksgiving, I say a big thank you! And some of you may have switched to work Thanksgiving to allow the new husband or wife to spend time with their spouse, or the new parent to spend time with their child. Thank you. Your good deeds do not go unnoticed.

Some of you may be missing a family member or friend this Thanksgiving. I’ve met some of you. It may be hard to sit at the table with that empty chair, or not be able to pick up the phone to call a buddy, or see that empty desk at the office. It’s OK to take time to remember and be thankful that they were part of your life.

Before I end this email, I’d like to encourage you. Be thankful! Life is something to be enjoyed and appreciated. And if you have a rough time, your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, any other Supervisor, clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. I’ll make myself available to help you in any way that I can.

You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Some things to process

I have alot going on inside my head and heart right now.

1) Thank you to all to all the vets out there who came before, with and after me. We’ll always be brothers. The honor is mine.

2) I came back from the visitation for Captain Thornsberry. Having only known him through pictures and friends today, I’m hopeful that once I get moved in up in Heaven we could sit and chat a while. A truly good man.

3) Thank you to all the other departments, part time guys and auxiliary officers watching over Preble County tomorrow while the Sheriff’s office grieves the loss.

4)To anyone going through Preble county tomorrow, remember that you’ve lost a great man. So give your cops an extra break today. And if you’re ahead on one in a drive thru, surprise them by paying for lunch.

5) To all the people who thanked me for being a vet, or took the time today to thank us, You’re welcome. I don’t claim to be a hero. And I’ll never be on the same level as those guys who took Normandy or fought in the jungles of Vietnam. But I thank you for thinking about us.

6) To all the vets out there who have yet to find peace, it’s my prayer that you do. To those still reliving the nightmares about the horror they’ve seen, I hope you can find peace.

7) To the men and women at the Huber Heights Police Division, I’m proud to be in your city. I’m proud that I got to spend 12 weeks with some of the best cops on the planet. You’ll hear from Dr. Mike again.

8) To my beautiful wife who puts up with me every day:You truly are amazing. It’s unfortunate that your husband sometimes lets you down, or breaks your heart. He really does love you.