Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Christmas Eve – Retired OSP Trooper Bob Welsh

This poem comes from Retired OSP Trooper Bob Welsh. Trooper Welsh is an inspirational speaker after his retirement, and tells a story like I have never heard before.
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My Christmas Eve
By Bob Welsh

The hours late, should go to bed
Near midnight I believe
But memories keep me wide awake
This snowy Christmas Eve

Yes, memories of my kids moved on
Each has their separate life
And how the holidays have changed
Since angels took my wife

The toys, the food, the Christmas cheer
My wife would bear the load
Because I work most holidays
State Trooper on the road

Just sitting in my easy chair
So many years retired
I reminisce of times gone by
And all that has transpired

Of all the many happenings
That seem to come to light
A multitude of them occurred
Right on this very night

A drunken woman in a wreck
Died on Christmas eve
Leaves memories of a tragic case
Most people won’t believe

I had to drive to where she lived
To tell her next of kin
And found the rundown mobile home
She had been living in

The person answering the door
I still recall today
A little girl about four years old
She said “I’m Sue McKay”

I asked her if her dad was home
And felt the longest pause
She said “My daddy ran away”
“You must be Santa Claus”

“My mommy said you’d come tonight”
“If I just stayed in bed”
“And bring a pretty doll for me”
“That’s what my mommy said”

I broke the law that Christmas Eve
Did not call child’s care
They’d merely put her in a room
And that I could not bear

I picked her up and took her home
My wife tucked her in bed
And wrapped a pretty doll for her
Just like her mommy said

Adopted by a loving home
And soon they moved away
I won’t forget that Christmas Eve
And little Sue McKay

Another bitter Christmas Eve
A blizzard to behold
Had left a family in a ditch
Just trapped there in the cold

By grace of God I spotted them
All cold and guant with fright
I drove them to a motel room
To safely spend the night

One Christmas Eve a homeless man
Shivering and wet
Was trying hard to get a ride
I’m sure he’d never get

I picked him up and drove him
To a diner on the hill
To warm his bones I left him with
a five dollar bill

Strange how when your all alone
What memories you recall
Your think of everything you’ve done
And was it worth it all

I think about my God, my job
My children and my wife
Would I do it all the same
Could I re-live my life

Then comes a knock upon my door
This late who could it be
A neighbor or has Santa Claus
Come to visit me

The figure standing in the cold
Gives me a sudden fright
A trooper with that solemn look
Dear God, who has died tonight

I’m flashing back to bygone years
How I’d often stood
On someones porch to bring them news
And it was never good

Is this how life gets back at me
For misery I’ve induced
Where pain I’ve caused some other folks
Has now come home to roost

But looking in the troopers eyes
My mind is in a whirl
I see a pleasant countenance
The trooper is a girl

She reached and smiled to shake my hand
And silence wasn’t broke
Until a tear rolled down her cheek
And then she softly spoke

“I’m sure you don’t remember me”
“But thought I’d stop and say”
“God bless you on this Christmas Eve”
“I’m Trooper Sue McKay”

Help needed for a former LEO/kids – Cancer

I had this sent to me by a friend of mine. I know it’s Christmas and times might be tight, but please, if you can help. It may be his last Christmas with his kids.

Hello Friends!

I am writing you because one of our former brothers in blue needs our help. He would never ask for help himself, but I was able to get him to give me the ok to put this out there for his two children. William “Billie” Helpinstine, Former Deputy at Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Park Ranger at Five Rivers Metro Parks is in desperate need of help this Holiday Season. He was diagnosed with liver & pancreatic cancer almost a year ago and was given a very negative prognosis. He has been unemployed for many months now and unable to work due to his health condition. He has two children: Angel and Alex. Angel is 7 and Alex is 5. Without any help these children will not have a very Merry Christmas this year and soon will be without their dad. Alex is very much into Spiderman and Angel loves Barbies. They both like books, puzzles, and board games. If anyone is interested I can also get their clothing sizes.

I am going to be collecting gifts for Bill’s children and gift cards for food (Kroger), and gas cards. I would like to have a few people or whomever wants to help or deliver their gifts themselves, meet me at the old K-Mart Lot on Dec 22, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. to drive to the Helpinstine Residence (Which is near by) to play Santa for the family. If anyone has a Santa Suit and would like to volunteer to play Santa or an Elf that would be super too. Sorry for the short notice but Bill is a very proud person and didn’t let us know of his condition until now.

If you have any questions please call me anytime: Shawn Baab at 937-604-0686 or Email me at ShawnBaab@Gmail.Com.

Let’s make this Christmas special for the Helpinstines!!

The Facebook event is located here.

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

First, I again want to say thank you to all the Chiefs, Sheriffs, Officers and Administrators who have made it possible for me to distribute this message.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season. Some of you may be working during the holidays, or even on Christmas day. I want you to know we appreciate the sacrifices you and your family are making while ensuring our safety and security. It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Some of you may see a darker side to this holiday than the rest of us will see. Called to separate fights, deal with shoplifters, provide attention to someone injured, or worse. Domestics and related injuries are up during the holidays. So it’s my hope that you get to spend time with families and friends and see the true meaning of the holiday season. I hope and pray that the dark side of the holidays will not keep you from seeing and experiencing the great times that come with the holidays.

In a time of giving of gifts, I would like to pose a question for each of you. We all think about giving gifts, but do we take time to think about being gifts? What do you do with the gift you ARE? You are a gift to someone. Families, friends, co-workers, or members of the communities. What gift can you provide? Just being there for someone to talk to? Giving the new trainee some extra words of wisdom for the holidays? Being a source of encouragement for those around you?

And, as I’ve noted before, the holidays can be a time of sadness, frustration or depression. It can be hard to balance out what you have to deal with and still know that there are great people in society as well. If you find yourself struggling in this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. 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. Call us, grab us after roll call, send an email. Reach out if you need to.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. 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.

A Cop on the Take – From Missouri State Highway Patrol Chaplains

Taken from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Chaplains’ web site.

First they take … the oath.
Now look at what else they take:

They take … it in stride when people call them pig.
They take … a paycheck realizing they’ll never be rich.
They take … a second job sometimes to make ends meet and support their family.
They take … time to stop and talk to children.
They take … verbal abuse while giving a ticket.
They take … on creeps you would be afraid to even look at.
They take … time away from their family to keep you and others safe.
They take … your injured child to the hospital.
They take … the graveyard shift without complaint because it’s their turn.
They take … their life into their hands daily.
They take … you home when your car breaks down.
They take … time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
They take … the job no one else wants – telling you a loved one has died.
They take … criminals to jail.
They take … in sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes they cry too, but they take it anyway because someone has to.
They take … memories to bed each night that you couldn’t bear for even one day.
They take … time to explain to their family why they can’t make the ball game their child is in and why they have to work on the holiday when other parents are off.
Sometimes, they take a bullet.
And yes, occasionally they may take a free cup of coffee.
If they are lucky, they take retirement.
Then one day they pay for all they have taken, and God takes them.