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

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

This marks the second Christmas season that I have sent out emails. In 2008, I decided that no Police Officer, Paramedic, or Fire Fighter will ever serve, protect and defend through a holiday and not know that they are appreciated by someone. As I reflect on the experiences that have come from doing this, I must say that my life is fuller because of it. For those of you who I have met personally, rode in a car with, and celebrated birthdays with, it’s been some really good times. And as I continue my mission to make sure you feel appreciated, I look forward to meeting and spending time with more of you.

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. I know most of you will be working during the holidays. Whether you are dispatching, in a patrol car, or a fire truck, you will spend part of the holidays away from your family. A lot of people do not understand that kind of sacrifice and dedication. You are out there keeping us safe so we can have a happy holiday season with our families. You are out in the cold, the rain, snow, driving to work while most people are sleeping in, or celebrating with family and friends.

I want to say, THANK YOU. Words can not express the gratitude that I have. But not just myself. Don’t forget that there are lots of other people who feel that way. You just may not hear it. I think that is unfortunate that you do not hear it more often than you do, but thank you. Thank you for putting on a uniform everyday. Thank you for being ready to answer a call, even on Christmas. Thank you for checking those hoses, shining those trucks or checking that light bar, and strapping on your duty belt. Those mundane tasks that you do everyday, now on one of the most important holidays of the year. Thank you. As my family sits down to our dinner, or open our gifts, know that you will be thought of at that time, and your sacrifices honored. Please express my appreciation for you to your families.

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.

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

Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you.

Thanksgiving 2010 will soon be here. Another year is soon coming to a close. I just want to talk a little about adversity. I can almost hear you ask, “Why would we hear about adversity on Thanksgiving?” For starters, if you’re reading this note, you have survived. People and circumstances threw their best at you and you came out on top. You might have received some bumps and bruises along the way, but your here. And you get to fight another day. That bullet meant for you missed its target. That building should have collapsed but didn’t. All the things that could have gone wrong didn’t. Adversity evokes dormant potential within us that could not be awakened otherwise. And if this statement is true for anyone, it’s true for you. Rushing INTO burning buildings. Maintaining composure to return fire when fired upon. Having to talk to relatives after a horrible accident. I’m amazed not only by what you do on a regular basis, but the strength, composure and dedication with which you do it.

There are battles you fight in your individual lives that might make the job pale in comparison. Sometimes “off-duty” things can be just as hard (or harder) to deal with. Departments and communities coming together after a tornado. One officer in my area is fighting cancer, but has been surrounded with love and support from everyone.

It’s been said that no man is an island. Sometimes we forget the impact that our lives have on others. During the holiday season, it can be easy to be discouraged. But every one of us has touched lives that we may never know about. You HAVE made a difference for people.

As I end this note, I’d like to encourage you: Take time to see the difference you have made. Life, with all its ups and downs, is something to be enjoyed and appreciated. And if you have a rough time, your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, supervisors, 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.

I’ve said it in every email, and every chance I get. I’ve said it to the chiefs and administrators when I contact them. I’ve said it to you on the streets and stores. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel – 9/11/2010

Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance. It is an honor to get to write to you and want to thank each of you for the jobs that you do everyday.

As I write this message, we are only a few weeks away from stopping our normal routine to remember those who lost their lives in the attacks that day. Around 3000 people lost their lives that day. 343 firefighters gave their lives that tragic day. In fire stations all over the United States we’ll “remember the 343” for being heroes. 69 officers of the NYPD and PAPD gave their lives that day and more since then due to 9/11 related illness. They will be remembered in police stations across the country as heroes. The more time that I spend with fire and law enforcement personnel, I notice the brotherhood that exists. The sense of brotherhood that recognizes that you might be a firefighter in Dayton, a trooper in Lexington, or EMS in Indiana, that there is a bond that exists between you and other people, people you may never meet, but you consider them a brother/sister anyway. It is truly awesome to see.

Elbert Hubbard is quoted “Our admiration is so given to dead martyrs that we have little time for living heroes.” This is a sad fact of our society, one I’d love to change. We have heroes every day who sit in engines and cruisers and ambulances, which get far less admiration than they deserve. I hope each of you receive an outpouring of appreciation. I hope that people see you in stores and restaurants and pick up your bill. I hope you again hear the cheers of the community you protect. I hope that in the midst of your routine, you feel the gratitude and support that you deserve. You have my support and admiration.

I’ve said it in every email, and every chance I get. I’ve said it to the chiefs and administrators when I contact them. I’ve said it to you on the streets and stores. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Dr. Mike Crain I, D.Min.
ucraimx AT yahoo.com
http://livingwarfare.blogspot.com/2009/05/faq-who-are-you-and-what-are-you-doing.html
http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael
http://www.policelink.com/member/DoctorMike
http://www.firelink.com/member/DoctorMike

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance.

Sacrifice. On July 4th, we honor the sacrifice of our founding fathers who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. It was given to the young country by men who would come to know the high cost of what they did. Men who, in most cases, paid with their very lives. We’re free today because of the sacrifice of others. From the battle in Lexington and Concord in 1775 to present day Afghanistan.

But there are others who ensure we are safe, that allow our great Nation to pursue “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Again I’m reminded of what Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” There have been over 4055 firefighters and 5942 police officers who have paid the ultimate price of sacrifice in my lifetime, and thousands more prior to that. We honor them as we hold them in our thoughts during parades and memorials. And we honor their sacrifice as we live our daily lives, trying to make the world a better place and a safer place.

But I’d like to give you some encouragement, those of you fighting the fires, saving lives, and apprehending those who intend to do us harm. So I salute those of you who are out there keeping us safe, secure, and protected every day. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. Never forget that you are looked up to by countless people. Never forget that everytime you put on that uniform, you are making a difference.

I’ve said it before and will say it until I take my last breath, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough. Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.

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.

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.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

Here’s my email I sent for the Fourth of July:

Freedom. It’s what July the fourth is all about. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That’s what we celebrate on the Fourth of July, our freedom. But as Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” And nowhere is that more evident than in the lives of the first responders, the Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS personnel that protect us and keep us safe and secure. Some of you will be on duty in a firehouse, or patrolling the streets during the holiday. Thank you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice of putting your own life on the line every day.

It’s been a rough year for both law enforcement and fire fighters. Deaths in the line of duty are up compared to last year for both groups. And some you may have stress at home that you are dealing with. But I’d like to give you some encouragement. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. For every bad apple out there, there are others that really appreciate what you do.

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. It’s been said that “True heroes are those who, though perhaps unknown throughout their lives, make it possible for others to take hold of their destiny and the destiny of their generation. They do this by their character, by their labors, and by their exceptional devotion.” Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.

Dr. Mike Crain I, D.Min.
http://livingwarfare.blogspot.com/2009/05/faq-who-are-you-and-what-are-you-doing.html
http://www.policelink.com/member/DoctorMike
http://www.firelink.com/member/DoctorMike

Participating Police and Fire Departments

Here is a list of the 675 agencies that I have contacts for (as of 5/28/2013). If you are a police officer, fire fighter, or EMS Tech from an unlisted department, please contact me and I’ll add your department to my list.

If you know someone in an unlisted department, please have them look at my blog and see if this is something they would be interested in.

To contact me, email my public account doctormikecrain_AT_gmail.com (Replace the _AT_with the @).

Note: I will not publish or provide email addresses for these agencies to anyone who asks. Any information I have is strictly confidential. Some departments have the information posted on a website, and others have given it to me directly. Any request for this information will be ignored to protect the privacy of those who have entrusted me with their contact information.

Note: I have removed the links from this page to make it easier to maintain for me. I hope to put a new page online with links for departments at a later date. In some cases where the types of police (Campus, parks, hospital) were broken out, they will be listed together.

Note(2): For those of you who live in states without “townships”, TWP means “township”.

Present Federal Distribution:
Ranger Departments:Daniel Boone National Forest Rangers

Present Alabama Distribution:
Police Departments: Mobile,Montgomery

Present Alaska Distribution:
Airport Police Departments: Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport
Campus Police:University of Alaska Anchorage
Police Departments: Anchorage, Craig, Kodiak, Kotzebue
State Agencies: Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office
Village Public Safety Officers: Anvik, Chefornak, Kongiganak, Quinhagak

Present California Distribution:
Police Departments:: San Diego

Present Colorado Distribution:
Sheriff’s Departments:: El Paso County

Present Connecticut Distribution:
Police Departments:: Grofton

Present Florida Distribution:
Housing Police Departments: Blue Lightning Protection
Police Departments: Indian Shores, Tampa
County Sheriff’s Offices:Monroe, Okaloosa

Present Hawaii Distribution:
Fire Departments:: Maui

Present Indiana Distribution:
Fire Departments: Batesville, Boone TWP, Bremen, Chandler, Coolspring TWP, Dillsboro, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Wayne, Garrett, Goshen, Greenwood, Jackson Fire Territory, Kendallville, Lafayette, Lafayette TWP, Michiana Shores, Michigan City, Pine Village, Richland TWP,Schererville, South Haven-Portage TWP ,Trafalgar, Westfield-Washington TWP
EMS Departments:Multi-Township EMS, New Castle-Henry County EMS
Police Departments: Albany, Argos, Atlanta, Auburn, Aurora, Beech Grove, Bloomington, Bluffton, Carmel, Chandler, Chesterton, Clear Lake, Cumberland, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Branch, Fortville, Fountain City,Franklin, Gary, Greencastle, Greenfield, Highland, Indianapolis, Lapel, Lawrence, Madison, Michigan City, Mishawaka, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Nappanee, New Castle, Noblesville, North Manchester, Pittsboro, Richmond, Schererville, Swayzee, Union City, West Lafayette, Westport, Whitestown, Zionsville
County Sheriff’s Offices: Boone, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Jennings, Lagrange, Lawrence, Monroe, Montgomery, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash
Schools: Ball State University
State Agency: Indiana State Police District 51

Present Kentucky Distribution:
EMS/Fire Departments: Albany, Bagdad, Ballard County EMS, Belleview Mcville, Blackwater (Ezel), Brindle Ridge, Burna, Caneyville, Clay City, Corbin, Covington, Crescent Springs, Eastwood, Elizabethtown, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Glasgow, Hardinsburg, Hazard, Hebron, Knottsville, Lancaster, Lyndon, Menifee County, Middlefork, Paducah, Radcliff, Russell County EMS, Russellville Rural, Salt Lick, Salyersville, Shelby County EMS, Stanton, Union, Versailles, Villa Hills, Wolfe County, Worthington
Police Departments: Alexandria, Barbourville, Bellevue, Bowling Green, Burgin, Burnside, Campbell County, Caneyville, Clay City, Dayton, Erlanger, Flemingsburg, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas, Frankfort, Glasgow, Hazard, Henderson, Hillview, Hopkinsville, Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police, Lexington-Fayette Urban County, Louisville Metro, Madisonville, Morehead, Owingsville, Peewee Valley, Ravenna, Russellville, Salyersville, Somerset, Stanton, Taylor Mill, Villa Hills,Versailles, West Liberty, Williamsburg, Worthington
County Sheriff’s Offices: Bath, Bullitt, Calloway, Clark, Daviess, Elliott, Franklin, Fulton, Hardin, Kenton, Lewis, Madison, Magoffin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, Rowan, Shelby, Trigg, Warren
Schools: Montgomery County School Police, Morehead State University Police, Transylvania University
State Agencies: Kentucky State Patrol
Constables: Greenup County Constable, Jefferson County Constable District 3
Airports: Bluegrass Airport, Cincinnati/Northern KY
Jails: Daviess County

Present Massachusetts Distribution:
Police Departments: Worcester

Present Michigan Distribution:
Fire Departments: Riverview
Police Departments: Livonia

Present Mississippi Distribution:
Police Departments: Biloxi, Gulfport

Present Missouri Distribution:
Police Departments: Branson
State Agencies: Missouri State Highway Patrol

Present Montana Distribution:
State Agencies: Montana State Highway Patrol

Present North Carolina Distribution:
Police Departments:Nags Head, Wilmington

Present Ohio Distribution:
EMS/Fire Departments: Albany , Bedford Heights, Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Bethel TWP, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Brookville, Butler TWP, Carrollton , Cedarville TWP , Central Joint Fire And EMS District, Chickasaw Community Mutual Fire Company, Chippewa TWP, Circleville, Clayton, Cleveland Heights, Colerain TWP, Copley, Cridersville, Crosby TWP, Dayton, Decatur Inc, Deer Park-Silverton, Deerfield TWP (Ross), Deerfield TWP (Warren), Delaware County EMS, Eaton, Englewood, Euclid, Fairborn, Farmersville, Fletcher , Forest Park, Franklin, Franklin TWP, Geneva, Grandview Heights, Green Springs, Greenville, Harrison TWP (Montgomery), Harrison TWP (Ross), Huber Heights, Jackson County EMS, Jackson, Jefferson TWP Bellville, Kenton, Kettering, Kinsman , Lafayette-Jackson TWP, Lagrange, Lewisburg, Liberty TWP, Liberty TWP-Powell, Lockland, London, Lowellville, Madison, Madison TWP (Franklin), Madison TWP (Richland), Mansfield, Marysville, Mason, Miami TWP (Clermont), Miami TWP (Montgomery), Miamisburg, Middletown, Mifflin TWP, Monroe Twp-Lucas, Mount Healthy, Nelsonville, Newark, North College Hill, Northwest Ambulance District, Oxford, Painesville, Pierce TWP Fire And Life Squad, Pike County EMS, Pleasant TWP (Fairfield), Pleasant TWP (Franklin), Plymouth, Port Clinton, Prairie TWP, Ravenna TWP, Reily TWP, Riverside, Roseville , Rossford, Saint Bernard, Saint Marys, Saybrook TWP, Shelby, Sherrodsville EMS, Sidney, Solon, South Amherst, South Euclid, Springdale, Springfield TWP (Hamilton), Springfield TWP (Richland), Sugarcreek TWP, Sylvania TWP, Terrace Park, Trenton, Troy, Troy TWP, Truro TWP, Union, Wapakoneta, Washington TWP (Montgomery), Washington TWP (Richland), Wayne TWP (Auglaize), Wayne TWP(Warren), Wayne Twp-Duncan Falls, West Carrollton, West Chester, West Milton, Western Reserve Joint Fire District(Poland), Westerville, Whitehall, Windsor TWP, Worthington, Worthington TWP, Wyoming, Xenia TWP

Police Departments: Ada, Adena Health System, Addyston, Akron, Amberley Village, Andover, Ansonia, Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare, Arcanum, Ashland University , Ashtabula, Avon Lake, Baltimore, Barberton, Beach City, Beachwood, Beaver, Beavercreek, Bedford , Bellbrook, Bellefontaine, Bellville, Berea, Boardman, Bowling Green, Brice, Buckland, Butler, Butler TWP, Camden, Campbell, Capital University, Carey, Celina, Centerville, Central State University, Chardon, Chester TWP, Cheviot, Childrens Medical Center, Cincinnati, Cincinnati State College , Circleville, Clark County Park District Rangers, Clay Center, Clay TWP (Montgomery), Clay TWP (Ottawa), Clayton, Clearcreek TWP, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Metroparks Rangers, Cleveland, Cleves, Clinton TWP, Clyde, Coldwater, Colerain TWP, Columbus Airport Authority, Columbus, Columbus State Community College, Conneaut, Covington, Cridersville, Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Danville, Dayton Drug Task Force, Dayton International Airport, Dayton, Deer Park, Delaware County Park Rangers, Delaware, Delhi TWP, Delphos, Donnelsville, Dover, Dublin, Eastlake, Eaton, Elyria, Englewood, Enon, Fairborn, Fairfield, Fairfield TWP (Butler Co), Fairport Harbor, Fairview Park, Five Rivers Metropark Rangers, Forest Park, Fort Shawnee, Franklin, Galion, Garrettsville, Genoa TWP, German TWP(Clark), German TWP (Montgomery), Germantown, Grandview Heights, Grandview Medical Center, Granville, Greenville, Groveport, Hamilton County Park District Rangers, Hamilton, Hamilton TWP, Hebron, Hilliard, Hinckley, Hiram, Huber Heights, Jackson Center, Jackson TWP (Montgomery), Jackson TWP (Stark), Jamestown, Junction City, Kalida, Kent, Kettering Medical Network Hospital, Kettering, Kinsman TWP, Kipton, Kirtland, Lebanon, Leipsic, Lewisburg, Lexington, Liberty TWP, Licking Memorial Hospital, Lima, Lincoln Heights, Lodi, Lorain County MetroPark Rangers, Lorain, Loudonville, Lyndhurst, Maderia, Madison TWP (Franklin), Mansfield, Marion, Marlboro TWP, Mason, Mayfield, Medina County Park District Rangers, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Mercy Health Partners Public Safety, Miami TWP (Montgomery), Miami University, Miamisburg, Middlefield, Middletown, Mifflin TWP, Milford, Minster, Monroe, Montgomery, Moraine, Moreland Hills, Mount Orab, Napoleon, Navarre, New Bremen, New Franklin, New Knoxville, New Lebanon, New Milddletown, New Paris, Newark, Newton Falls, Newtown, Niles, North Canton, North College Hill, North Hampton, Notre Dame College, Norwalk, Oakwood Public Safety Department, Oberlin, Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Olmsted Falls, Ontario, Ostrander, Owens Community College, Oxford, Pandora, Pataskala, Perry TWP (Montgomery), Phillipsburg, Pickerington, Pierce TWP, Piqua, Plain City, Plymouth, Powell, Reading, Rittman, Riverside, Rossford, Sabina, Saint Bernard, Saint Louisville, Saint Marys, Sandusky, Shaker Heights, Sharonville, Shelby, Sinclair Community College, South Charleston, South Euclid, Southwest General, Spencer, Springboro, Springdale, Springfield, Springfield TWP (Hamilton), Springfield TWP (Mahoning), Stark County Park District, Stow, Strasburg, Sugarcreek TWP, Summit Behavioral Healthcare, Sylvania, Terrace Park, Tiffin, Tipp City, Toledo, Trotwood, Uhrichsville, Union City, Union, Union TWP (Clermont), University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Urbana, Vandalia, Versailles, Walton Hills, Wapakoneta, Washington TWP (Lucas), Waterville, Waynesfield, Wellington, West Carrollton, West Chester, West Lafayette, West Milton, Westerville, Whitehall, Whitehouse, Williamsburg, Willoughby Hills, Willoughby, Willowick, Wilmington, Wittenberg University, Wooster, Wright State University, Xenia Division, Yellow Springs
County Sheriff’s Offices: Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Butler, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Knox, Logan, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Ottawa, Pike, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Scioto, Seneca, Summit, Union, Warren, Wayne, Wyandot

Present Oklahoma Distribution:
Police Departments: Catoosa

Present South Carolina Distribution:
Police Departments: Horry County, Myrtle Beach

Present Texas Distribution:
County Constable’s: Brazos
Fire Departments: Atascocita
Police Departments: Austin
Sheriff’s Departments: Harris
State Agencies: Texas Highway Patrol

Present Utah Distribution:
Police Departments: Centerville

Present Virgin Islands Distribution:
Police Departments: Virgin Islands Police Department

Present Virginia Distribution:
Sheriff’s Offices: Virginia Beach Sheriff
State Agencies: Virginia State Police

Present Washington Distribution:
Sheriff’s Offices: Lewis

Present West Virginia Distribution:
Fire Departments: Glasgow, Granville, Pipestem, Ripley, Tornado, Wharncliffe, Williamson
Police Departments: Bridgeport, Charleston, Clendenin, Cordova, Martinsburg, Moorefield City, Philippi, Ranson, Ripley, Shepherdstown, Shinnston, Vienna, Wardensville, Wheeling
Sheriff’s Offices: Barbour, Cabell, Hardy, Mercer, Morgan, Ritchie
State Agencies: Division of Natural Resources

FAQ – Who are you?

I’ve decided to update my blog with details and some of the questions I’ve been asked.

Q. Why are you contacting me?
A. I have found your email address on a police or city/county website, or it was given to my my another police or fire department.

Q. What is your goal?
A. It’s my personal goal that no law enforcement officer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana or Hawaii will ever come to a holiday and not know that that are appreciated and honored by someone. I want them to know that someone cares that they are out there.

Additionally, I try to cover Fire departments in Ohio.

You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. What are you doing?
A. I perform 3 functions:

1. Send holiday greetings to get forwarded or posted for the police officers to see. The regular emails are only sent for Police Week, July 4, September 11, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
2. In the event of injury, I would know who to contact and either send my get well wishes, or make a hospital visit.
3. Should an officer give the supreme sacrifice, I would have a contact that I could inquire about visitation and give the family and the department my condolences when possible.

Q. What is your attachment to Ohio and Kentucky?
A. I currently live in Ohio. I was raised in Kentucky and most of my family still live there.

Q. Is this SPAM? What do you do with the email addresses? Is this coming from an automated system?

A. This is not SPAM. I keep the addresses on an Excel spreadsheet that is password protected. When I send out a message, I open up my Outlook, type the message, and get the email addresses from that sheet. Under no circumstance have I or will I give any information out to anyone that I receive.

Q. What do you need?
A. I need one Point of contact in each police department. I do not need individual email addresses. I want to respect each officers privacy as much as possible. You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. A member of my department is in the hospital. Would you visit them?
A. I will try my best to visit any hospitalized hero I know about. All I need is a the hospital and room number. If you have talk to a family member to get permission, that would be good also. I don’t want to intrude if the family wants private time or does not want to receive visitors.

Q. A member of my department was killed in the Line of Duty. Would you go to the funeral or viewing?
A. It would be an honor to pay my respects to a hero killed in the Line of Duty. Sometimes due to work/family schedules it may not be possible. Contact me with the details and I’ll do my best to make it.

Q. A member of my department passed away from non-duty injuries. Would you go to the funeral or viewing?
A. It would be an honor to pay my final respects to any hero. Sometimes due to work/family schedules it may not be possible. Contact me with the details and I’ll do my best to make it.

Q. What started this?
A. This began while I was thinking on the events of 9/11 in 2008. One of the last “moment of silence” was for the fire fighter that was the last survivor removed. I realized that we should be extremely grateful for our law enforcement and fire crews. When I called my local department (Huber Heights, OH) on 9/11 and asked if they could let the officers know my appreciation for them and I was informed that they had not had that request in over 14 years. So that’s where it started.

Q. How long have you been doing this?
A. I have been doing this in Southwestern Ohio since Thanksgiving 2008.

Q. How can my department get added?
A. If you received an email from me, just reply to confirm what email address you want me to use. If you have not, email me: doctormikecrain(replace this with the “at sign”)gmail.com.

Q. I’m part of a fire department that is outside your radius. Could you still add us?
A. Absolutely. Fire Departments are larger in quantity and a little harder to reach, that is why I set the limit. It is a time restraint for me to do large quantities of research. Just contact me (see above).

Q. I’m from a fire/police department in another state. Could you still add us?
A. Absolutely. Due to time constraints and information availability I can’t try to contact each PD/FD in the US. Just email me at doctormikecrain(replace this with the “at sign”)gmail.com and I’ll add you.

Q. Can any one reply to the holiday emails?
A. Yes. Any one can reply. Any reply to me is strictly confidential. I gladly read and respond to each email I get from officers and fire fighters.

Q. I received an email from you about a Line of Duty death. Where do you get your information?
A. I received a notification from the Officer Down page. I looked up your department’s web page and sent an email to the listed contact.

Q. Are you/have you been a police officer or fire fighter?
A. No.

Q. Do you have officers/fire fighters in your family?
A. My cousin is a volunteer firefighter in Menifee County, KY, and a third cousin works for the Sheriff’s department.

Q. I’m in Indiana (or another state). Why was I contacted?
A. I covered a small area of Eastern Indiana that was within the 75 mile radius of my house. Also I have accidentally contacted departments in other states when I was looking for smaller towns (I contacted Centerville , UT instead of Centerville, IN). I visited Hawaii in 2002 on my honeymoon, so I have contacted those departments.

Q. Who are you?
A. My name is Dr. Michael A. Crain. I was awarded my Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in 2008. I was born and raised in Mariba (Menifee County) Kentucky. After graduating High School in 1994, I joined the United States Air Force. I served four years and got out in 1999. I’ve been a resident of Ohio ever since. I’ve lived in Moraine, Dayton, and now Huber Heights. I am married with four children. I work at PNC Mortgage in Miamisburg, OH.

Q. Are you on a social networking site?
A. Yes. I’m on Facebook, PoliceLink, FireLink and LinkedIn.

Q. Are you available for ride alongs or meetings?
A. As time and distance permits I will do either. I have 40 ride-alongs under my belt. and have had great experiences on ride alongs with various departments in my area.

Q. How can I help?
A. Spread the word to other police and fire departments that I do not have contacts for. You can see what departments I currently have by clicking here.

Q. Why do you care about us?
A. This is a tough question to answer with a short answer. I think that everyone should. I think you should never have to pay for a meal in uniform. I think that complaints should be far out-numbered by the praise you receive. So 9/11/2008 I just wanted to say thanks. After I contacted my local police department to express appreciation, I found that appreciation for first responders isn’t shown very often. I’ve found that the more I give, the more I want to give. Local efforts became state-wide efforts, then included Kentucky and parts of Indiana. As I ride with officers, or read various articles, my desire to support you becomes greater. Then after Citizen’s Police Academy session at the Huber Heights Police Division where Law Enforcement suicide was mentioned, I wanted to do even more. When I hear about struggles that departments hare having with the community, I want to stand there beside you. I celebrate when you celebrate, hurt when you hurt, grieve when you grieve.

I care because a moment in time, God placed one thought inside my heart, and that has changed my life completely. The conversations I have, the people I meet, and the emails I’ve receive continue to inspire me far more than I ever imagined.

I care because you do.

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

Distribution: Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel

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

I want to wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. During this time, your sacrifices mean more to us than most people will express. You are out there keeping us safe so we can be assured of a happy holiday season with our families, while limiting the time you spend with your own. So I want to say, THANK YOU. As I stated in my previous email, I decided that no Police Officer, Paramedic, or Fire Fighter will ever serve, protect and defend through a holiday and not know that they are appreciated by someone.

Thank you for going into “the office” when you don’t feel like it. Thank you for standing out and directing traffic in the cold. Thank you for working the night shift when we are safe in bed. Thank you for putting on that uniform everyday. Thank you for making sure the roads I’ll be traveling will be safe and that help is available if it is needed. Thank you for doing what you do so I can do what I do.

To those of you who are working on Christmas Eve/Christmas , spending time away from your families so my family is safe and secure, I give you an extra-special , THANK YOU! When we sit down to our dinner, or open our gifts, know that you will be thought of at that time, and your sacrifices honored. Please express my appreciation for you to your families.

The holidays can be a time of joy and happiness. But it can also 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.

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.