Monthly Archives: December 2009

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Merry Christmas

Hello and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to communicate with you again.

I want to wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. It’s hard to believe that 2009 is almost over. But as we go into the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the “hustle and bustle” of the season and forget the things that are important. So I want to take the time and acknowledge those of you in our communities who give of yourselves to keep us safe this season. Most of you will be spending time away from your families during the holidays to keep us safe and secure this season. So I want to say a big THANK YOU. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.

It’s my hope and prayer that each of you have a great holidays and a safe and happy 2010. I also hope and pray that the violence tword you stops and you feel the support and gratitude of your communities. Although there are real dangers and evil to face in the next year there is good out there. Although it may be silent at times, it is out there, and it looks to you for help, and lends you support that it can.

Like I mentioned last year, the holidays can be a time of joy and happiness. But it can also be a time of sadness, frustration anxiety, or depression. If you find yourself struggling in during the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out talk to people. 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. And you can feel free to contact me.

I also want to say thanks to all of you that I have had the privilege to spend time with in 2009. From the officers from various agencies that I got to ride with this year, to the men and women of the Huber Heights Police Division and the Citizens Police Academy, to those of you I have met in hospitals or on street corners, or through email or Facebook. All of you have shared part of your life with me and I’ll be forever grateful.

I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

An Open Letter to Saint Michael from a humble cop…

This note was published by a good friend of mine, Gerry Gustin from the Huber Heights Police Division. I found this note moving at the time, and even more so now.

Dear Saint Michael,

I am thankful for over 25 years of protection that I have received from you and hope that you don’t find my letter disrespectful. But times they-are-a-changin’ Sir. We are used to reading about the murder of a cop or two in a state all the way across the country where there’s huge crime and drama. Those of us on the job listen to the story, say a silent prayer for their souls and their families. Most of America just goes about its business – more concerned with whom Jennifer Anniston is hooking up with than how someone could murder a law enforcement officer.

Literally thousands of us attend memorial services in Washington DC each May with cops from all over the world. Most of them get it – some just go to party – but most of them get it. Every officer killed was a little piece of all of us. That’s why I always went. I wanted to get it – and I did. I am respectfully thankful of that. You were there Mike – and I appreciated it. I am GLAD I was not on of the ones that didn’t get it.

St. Mike – it seems that now we have people more frequently taking out even more cops at one time. Ambushing them. Knowing that many cops would be present or arriving and taking advantage of this to reduce our numbers, make our wives and husbands cry, make our children grow up in the shadow of the badge with the rose, instead of the under the protection of the badge that daddy or mommy wears on their chest and pokes them in the face when mommy or daddy hugs them good night and goes to work. There are so many examples, Mike. You know them all – you helped their souls each time. North Hollywood Bank Robbery, the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers on 9-11-01, and then the more recent situations wherein our country’s cops are being gunned down two, three, four at a time.

Saint Michael, I pledge on my faith and my own soul to do whatever you guide me to do – to help in some way – to listen and be open to your words. Help me help us. Help us to help us! WE have got to take better care of each other. We have got to be prepared at all times, yet remain approachable human beings. Help us find that balance.

There have been enough tears in the last, nearly three hundred years. over 15000 names on the wall in DC. MOST of them from little bitty departments nobody ever heard of. You only gotta see a little guy dressed up in his dad’s uniform at the police memorial, standing at attention as they light the blue laser, tears streaming down his mom’s face, melting candle in his hand – to understand. Please Saint Mike – bolster your shield, sharpen your sword, help us stay alive. Let the offender face his God in judgement for his or her crimes – but let the officer live.

Not much to ask an arc-angel… right? Please Sir, have a talk with the Big Guy. Give us a few more breaks this year. It’s only April.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – Amen.


Lt. Gerry Gustin – Huber Heights Ohio Police Division

God Bless ’em – every one!

6 PM moment of sincence for today, 12/8/09

Tonight at 6 PM, there is a moment of silence for the Lakewood four. This was passed to me by the KY FOP site.

I have descided to expand that out a little bit. For all you who are interrested in joining me (read that as “PLEASE JOIN ME”) at 6, I will not only be praying for Lakewood, and Pellham Alabama (Officer Philip Davis the other officer burried today), but for my state, city and county.

Ohio State Patrol (OSP)
Kentucky State Police (KSP)
Montgomery County (OH) Sherriff’s Office
Huber Heights Police Division (Where I live – substitute your local police dept.)
Miami Township Police Department (Since I work in Miami TWP)

I’ll be praying for their safety and protection from evil.
Prayer for wisdom to be able to see danger that they may have not seen otherwise. Praying that “no weapon formed against them will prosper” according to Isaiah 54:17. Prayer for wisdom and patience in diffusing high-risk situations.
Prayer for healing/protection from PTSD (PTSD is a lead contributor to officer “Line of Duty Suicides“)

And as I wrote this, another officer was killed in North Carolina. Deputy Sheriff Charlie Brown of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina was killed by a suspect who was walking down the street shooting a gun.

When will the violence against our officers stop?

Letter from Law Enforcement Today

Here is a piece I recieved permission to republish from it’s owner, Little Nessie. It was posted in the Facebook group Law Enforcement Today.

Today is December 7, 2009. It is 12:25 am and WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH !! With 7 police officer’s still waiting to be buried, last night just before 10 pm, yet another police officer has been gunned down with an assault weapon!! We are hurting and we are PISSED OFF! There is a war going on in our own back yards and no one seems to be taking notice of the law enforcement personnel out there fighting for your lives while at the same time trying to stay alive. We are dying simply BECAUSE we are cops! This has got to end … NOW!

All we want is to come home safe … for one more night.

It is time for the courts and the politicians to start taking notice! We are sons and we are daughters. We are fathers and we are mothers. We are brothers and we are sisters. We are husbands and we are wives. We are human beings. And we are drained from all the funerals we attend of one of our own. Forget the unions and the individual agencies. We must now ALL STAND TOGETHER AS A BROTHERHOOD and FIGHT for our lives!

We head out into the battle everyday. And we know we may not come home that night, but we do it anyway. It is who we are. It is what we were born to do. We are the defenders against the evils that come after all of you. But we need help. We can not continue to do this ourselves. We need to band together, in unity as a brotherhood and we must start demanding some defense against our inevitable deaths. We are out-gunned and out-lawed. Even in the wake of the several multiple shootings against the police, we still went out that night to keep on the front lines. And yet, at every turn of the newspaper page, once we get passed the rhetoric of some celebrity “oops”, the next thing we read are how the police are being cut in another town. Or there is no money for extra ammunition, forget the fact we are out gunned. Many agencies do not even have funding for bullet proof vests. We are their defense … but who is ours? Who protects US?

There is nothing “routine” about our jobs. On the way to a call, we get smashed into and die. On a traffic stop, we get beat, stabbed, run over and shot to death, because one punk didn’t want you to find the one joint he had in his ashtray or because a driver was angered over a $75 traffic ticket. We race up to a home to a domestic where someone is having an argument over the remote control and we get a shotgun blast to our face. And we die. We get called to an alleyway or a vacant building and are cut down by a fully automatic assault weapon and we die … simply because it was Tuesday.

We come across the same faces, day in and day out. The same crimes being committed. We think this time they will go away for awhile, but there they are, back on the streets the next day, committing the same crime. Over and over, day in and day out and yet, we still go and try .. for “maybe this time”. And then that same criminal will pull a knife and stab us. And we die.

We go out there everyday, without question nor hesitation. We are the ones who have the images of a slain child burned into our minds and then we must knock on the door and inform the family that their child will not be coming home. We will continue on into the hours to try to find the one who did this to their child. We will forgo birthdays, anniversaries, holidays in order to find the person responsible for taking your child’s life.
We do this without question nor hesitation.

We are the ones who must look upon the faces of the battered and bruised and we comfort them. We are the ones who are expected to counsel, mentor and teach, with no formal training. And we do it. We are the ones who watch over the children while the parent can not be found. We are the ones who may give you a ticket in the morning, but we will give you our lives that same night.

All we are asking is for someone to start taking notice. We are asking that we band together as one. Whether you are local, county, state or federal. Whether you are a motorman, a patrol, a guard, a detective or a specialized agent. We all BLEED BLUE and if we do not stand up and stand tough, our blood will continue to spill.

Sometimes there is JUSTICE … Sometimes there is JUST US

All we want is to come home safe … for one more night.

Please join us here at ” Police Officer’s fighting for their right to live

When will the insanity stop? 3 more dead.

Since my last posting, there have been 3 more deaths of police officers, and 2 of those were killed in cold blood. This brings the total for the year to 114.

Deputy Sheriff Adam Michael Mehagan of the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma was in an automobile accident.

Officer Philip Davis of the Pelham Police Department was shot and killed while making a traffic stop.

Police Officer Michael Crawshaw of the Penn Hills Police Department was shot and killed in an ambush.

Officer Philip Davis and the Four heroes of Lakewood will be laid to rest 12/8/2009. If only we could lay to rest the violence that took them from us.

I said it in a previous post that “A “line of duty” death is something that officers know can happen, but don’t really like thinking about too much”. But all of us who are close to a cop carry that same thought. I’m close to a few and not a day goes by when another hero is invited into eternity that I don’t think about that. Might Ohio be next? What if it’s even closer. Everyday that I pray I ask God to keep the officers in my area safe. I pray that they will make it home to see their families again.