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Please disseminate to all law enforcement: Police Week 2020

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

May 10-16, 2020 marks the period that we call “Police Week”.  In 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, when we set aside a time of “Recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.

Well, 2020 has started out to be a challenging year (to say the least).  While all of our lives were certainly impacted in some way, numerous others have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Although we are at 55 deaths as of April 27 (and of those 13 are directly COVID related) , that number will most likely rise once people get back to normal processing.  (ODMP shows 13, PoliceOne has 37, so it’s a matter of verification, etc).

This was unexpected, and in a lot of ways, we may not be able to ever fully calculate the cost that this has inflicted upon us.  But most of you were out there serving and keeping things safe for the rest of us, even with great risk to you. For that, I (along with countless others) are exceptionally grateful.

Normally I would talk a little about ceremonies that we may be going to and ways we will get together and remember. But this year, we are not able to do that, at least yet. Even though most Police Week events are canceled, the process of remembering is still happening. This year, 307 names are being engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, making over 24,000 names on the wall. This doesn’t include may others who are honored on state and local walls that may not be a part of these numbers.

So how do we honor those who have given their lives if we can not do our memorials and gatherings?

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that one quote I reuse often is from the poet Cicero, “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” So while we likely can not gather, these people live on because their legacy never dies. We see to that. So here are a couple of ideas that may help us during this time.

  1. Reschedule these events.

    This one is probably the most obvious one. The local county-wide memorial committee that I am part of will be having an event later in the year. So maybe instead of May, we have it in October. To me (my opinion), the “when” is not as important at the fact that we do it, and do it with all the focus that our LEO’s deserve.

    2. Honor your department’s heroes.

    This one is probably also going to happen, but maybe in different ways than before. Maybe during Police Week we set aside a day to remember each officer that has been lost in our department. Maybe we have a Special Deputy David George Treadway Day where we all get an email and read about our officer. Maybe someone pays respect at their respective grave site, or reaches out to the family that day. My local police have a monument for Police Officer Leo Casto at the entrance of the department. So maybe instead of using the officer entrance, we walk past those, pause, and render a salute.

    3.  Look for personal connections.
    Are there officers from your family that have died while serving? Have a time or remembering with your family in whatever way you can. One of the ways that I personally will be remembering is that 7 officers that are special to me. I have sent this email since 2008, and during that time, 7 officers that had received these emails have been added to that wall. While I may not have known them, they will be remembered by me this year.

Also, If your community doesn’t have a memorial service, consider starting one. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. If you would like some assistance in this area, let me know. I know some people that can help. Don’t let your community’s loss be forgotten.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. This message is being read by departments of all shapes, sizes, types and locations. For all my law enforcement family reading this, I’m praying for an especially peaceful and safe week for you: safe citizen encounters, safe traffic stops, safe building searches, and safe DV calls. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year, or with a loss that continues to hurt.  But most of all (like I say most every year), I hope now more than ever, there is an outpouring of appreciation from the communities that you serve.

Thank you to each person who has taken the time to read this. You are why I do what I do. Thank you for who you are, and all you do. Don’t forget that people DO care. If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’ve said it before and will say it for the remainder of my days. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

 

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

 

Line of Duty Deaths in the last three weeks.

I had been so busy with numerous things that I had not gotten to post the heroes who gave their lives for the safety of our county. May they rest in peace.

Hero Department EOW Cause
Police Officer Celena Hollis Denver Police Department, CO Sunday, June 24, 2012 Gunfire
Agent Victor Manuel Soto-Velez Puerto Rico Police Department, PR Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Gunfire
Trooper Aaron Beesley Utah Highway Patrol, UT Saturday, June 30, 2012 Fall
Border Patrol Agent Leopoldo Cavazos, Jr. Border Patrol Friday, July 6, 2012 Automobile accident
Patrolman Christopher Reeves Millville Police Department, NJ Sunday, July 8, 2012 Vehicle pursuit
Police Officer Brian Lorenzo Philadelphia Police Department, PA Sunday, July 8, 2012 Vehicular assault
Lt. John L. Echternach, Jr. Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department 07/02/2012 Vehicle Strike
SMSgt Robert S. Cannon 145th Airlift Wing 07/01/2012 Vehicle Collision
Lt. Paul K. Mikeal 145th Airlift Wing 07/01/2012 Vehicle Collision
Major Ryan S. David 145th Airlift Wing 07/01/2012 Vehicle Collision
Major Joseph M. McCormick 145th Airlift Wing 07/01/2012 Vehicle Collision
Firefighter Rocky E. Dunkin Nile Township Volunteer Fire Department 07/01/2012 Unknown
Firefighter Ronald Keddie Sheridan Fire Department,NY 06/27/2012 Stress/Overexertion
Fire Chief George Davis Hollis Fire Department,ME 06/23/2012 Heart Attack

Recent discoveries of local officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Cicero

As I checked ODMP today, I noticed that two kentucky officers were recently discovered.

Patrolman Leonard J. Garrison of the Paris Police Department was killed on Monday, March 30, 1964.

May he continue to rest in peace.

Special Deputy David George Treadway of the Menifee County Sheriff’s Office was killed Sunday, December 10, 1922.

Prior to today, I only knew of four officers killed in my home county. Now there are 5. And while the even happened 89 years ago, there was still that sinking feeling in my stomach. A sense of loss. I also wonder how many officers out there have died and no one remembers. How may sacrificed all they had to protect my family that now seems forgotten by history.

Deputy Treadway, you will never be forgotten again. Ever.

Line of Duty deaths from history recently honored by ODMP.

The Officer Down Memorial Pages teamed up with researchers from across the county tirelessly look for officers who were killed in the line of duty and not honored at the National and sometimes state level. So when someone is found and verified, they are posted on the Recent Historical Additions page.

Thes officer’s dedication to duty, even in the face of danger, gives them honor, even today, even those gone over 100 years ago. Continue to rest in peace, Kentucky heroes.


Christian County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Robert H. Coffey
Christian County Sheriff’s Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, October 26, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Green County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Marhall E. Henley
Green County Sheriff’s Office, KY
EOW: Saturday, July 7, 1883
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Policeman James C. Coldiron
Lynch Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, July 15, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Chief of Police William R. Holcomb
Lynch Police Department, KY
EOW: Friday, July 15, 1921
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Knott County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Adam Smith
Knott County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Thursday, April 11, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Harlan County Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman Melvin Gregory
Harlan County Police Department, KY
EOW: Tuesday, August 26, 1924
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Harlan County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jesse Peters
Harlan County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Saturday, June 30, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Bell County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff Jim Collins
Bell County Sheriff’s Department, KY
EOW: Wednesday, July 4, 1923
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Pike County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Constable Cline Tackett
Pike County Constable’s Office, KY
EOW: Sunday, June 16, 1935
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Knox County Constable's Office, Kentucky

Constable Brock Sizemore
Knox County Constable’s Office, KY
EOW: Tuesday, November 3, 1936
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Slaughtersville Marshal's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Marshal Ren Ashby
Slaughtersville Marshal’s Office, KY
EOW: Thursday, December 22, 1898
Cause of Death: Gunfire


Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Detective Green Rose
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Police Department, RR
EOW: Wednesday, March 29, 1911
Cause of Death: Gunfire

Sergeant Brian Dulle – May he rest in peace.

I sit down to put my thoughts to words 22 hours after the horrific death of Sergeant Brian Dulle. Mainly to compose my thoughts. It’s a little therapeutic for me. On January 1 of this year I was completely blind-sighted. I remember the hollow feeling in the pit of my stomach. I remember the tears that came. The ache that I was powerless to do anything about what just occurred. The notion of “What price is too high for our safety? Especially those who care nothing of what just happened?” And now, only 129 days later, we loose another officer. I loose another officer.

What was true for Deputy Hopper, is also true for Deputy Dulle. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office believes in me and my mission to support officers and firefighters. I did not know him, but he kew something about me. He read my note on the holidays. He knew that Dr. Mike was there. And that someone gave a darn that he was out there. On the holidays, in the rain, in the snow, in the cold, in the hot summer sun, after tornadoes. In court on days off, working odd shifts to cover for sick co-workers. Someone cared that he was giving up time with his family to protect countless other families.

I have lost 4 officers since I began this mission in 2008. 3 this year. I won’t say that I know or understand the pain that the Lexington Police Department, and this year the Clark County Sheriff’s Department , the Stow Police Department, and recently the Warren County Sheriff’s office has come to know. Nor do I speak for them. I can’t even imagine what it is like to have a co-worker, a friend, to die and still have to continue to do the same job everyday. I can’t fathom what it is like to see evil descend and take someone that close, and still have to shine my badge, prepare my guns, and march off again into a battle, wondering if I’m next. A mostly thankless job in a increasingly thankless society. Officer Mark Bruns once said “Don’t feel sorry for us. We chose this life.” Well I do. I feel sorry. I feel sorry that people THEY protect can be so brittle, shallow, and self-absorbed. I feel sorry for every time they take crap from their community they “protect and serve” after attending funerals, or taking children to cancer treatments, or doing the things they have to do every day. I feel sorry that as critical as they are to society, that society treats them with contempt.

But that’s an amazing thing about cops. I hear from some of them every time I send a note. I see and hear it in the cars when I ride. And the determination at rallys, and even at funerals. Their training pounds one thing into their heads “I WILL SURVIVE”. I will out-shoot, out-drive, and out-maneuver the evil around me. They are that “thin blue line” that protects us from what we THINK the world is from what the world REALLY is. And they do it with courage, dedication and determination.

So they’ll be OK. They’ll grieve. They’ll honor, and they’ll get up and do it again. They’ll be there for me, so I’ll be there for them. That’s what I do. And I’ll do it until the day that I die. They are my heroes.

Funeral of Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper

I just wanted to write a note about today’s events. I know it’s long, but it’s worth the read.It was an exhausting day, physically but more so emotionally.

I arrived at the Miami Township Police Department and was greeted my Major DiPietro. I went to the mall with Sgt. Nienhaus and we gathered there as a group before leaving. Met up with Mike Siney over there. We had somewhere around 75 cars there from various departments all over. I was already starting to feel honored just being in these people’s presence. A group of cops grieving and doing a mission of honor for a sister, and I was allowed to come along for the ride.

When we met up at the Navistar plant, only then did I realize the enormity of the support among her brothers and sisters in blue, most of who she never met or knew. Cops from all over the state. Later I’d find out, all over the country. We left there at 9:45 and took over an hour to get to the church, just a few miles away. Here is where the community support began to be noticed. Small children waving from car windows parked along the route. Businesses “Closed to Honor Deputy Hopper”. Veterans standing at attention saluting the procession. And hundreds of people waving at us from the side of the road.

Once we arrived at the church, to see the sea of officers in support of Deputy Hopper. Here is where I saw officers from the Chicago Police, Yonkers NY Police, Maryland and the Kentucky State police. The enormity of the moment began to set in on me. The first tears came here. Sheriff Kelly spoke magnificently, and did her son, and husband.

We waited outside to begin out journey to the cemetery. I talked to some of the guys from Huber Heights and Trotwood. Good to see familiar faces at such an event. Sitting in the parking lot in a sea of cars with lights flashing as the casket was brought out and as we followed one by one was a very moving experience. I can’t explain it to you. Watching the video won’t even give you the full affect. It took more than 2 hours to get to the cemetery. The route was lined with all sorts of folks out in the cold and snow holding up signs of support for the officers. The most moving part is the graveside ceremony. I was surrounded by a sea of blue.And felt the shot from the guns on the salute. And cried as the bagpipes played amazing grace.

I never knew (or met as far as I know) Deputy Hopper.But she knew about me. You know that from my previous note. But this was closer to me. She was one of my officers. Her loss caused some pain to me. Not like that experienced by family or the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. I can’t explain it to you. I can’t tell you how it feels. But these guys are my guys. And alot of the officers in the crowd had read emails from me. They wouldn’t recognize me, but they are my officers too. Pastor Pat has talked about Ministry in such a way that you have ownership over a city. That you feel it’s pain and that you hear it cry to you at night. These officers are that to me. I see them, hear them and feel the pain and sometimes frustration they feel. And when you stand and walk among them, it’s an indescribable feeling.

So I was taken back by the awesomeness of what I saw and felt today. It was good to see the support of a community, but why can’t they see that everyday, without the grief and loss? I also pray that I will never have to see it again. Their jobs are painful enough at times. Lets pray that they be spared form the grief again.

RIP Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman, killed in the line of duty April 29, 2010.

This morning I learned of the death of Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman. Officer Durman was the first LOD death in a department that gets my emails. So this truly was one of “my guys”. There were other deaths in Ohio, but not in one who gets my holiday emails. So Officer Durman’s death is a little harder for me.

Not that any are not hard for me. Every one gets special treatment. I cut out the name and department and tape it to my cubical overhead. I email the department to express my condolences. It’s not much, but I try to honor them in ways that I can. But officer Durman is different. His picture is there.

Some of you may not be able to understand that. How could the death of a officer I’ve never met affect me so deeply? Is it because he gave his life protecting a city that I’ve driven through hundreds of times, that I still have family in? Is it simply because he was an officer? I think that it is best viewed with a pastor’s heart. He was in my “congregation” every holiday. When he read that email from Dr. Mike, that was the sermon that he heard. He heard me say “You are cared for”. “You are cared about.” “Someone thinks you are important enough to try to find ways to get this email into your hands.”

I hope he didn’t die on that street with that fleeing vehicle the last thing he saw. I hope he wasn’t alone. I hope that when he died, he had people around him that loved him. I hope in those last moments he didn’t wonder if his life mattered. I hope that he had no regrets as he was embraced in the arms of his Savior.

2 Heroes from Ohio offer their lives this week

The numbers are scary. 41 deaths nationwide this year, up 78% from last year. This brings a total of 20,101 documented deaths in the Line of Duty. It’s been a rough year for officers everywhere. Here in Ohio, we have lost 4 this year in the “Line of Duty”, 2 of those this week.

Chief of Police Carl Worley – Ross Township Police – January 26, 2010
Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge – Ohio State Highway Patrol – February 4, 2010
Police Officer Thomas Patton II – Cleveland Heights Police – March 13, 2010
Patrolman James Kerstetter – Elyria Police – March 15, 2010

I’m asking all my friends and family to pray! Please pray for our police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and troopers. Please pray for their safety and well-being. Pray that the violence that is planned against them will cease (that “no weapon formed against them will prosper”). Pray for peace in our communities. Pray for safety on the highways. Pray that they can eat meals and attend services in peace. Pray that not one officer out there feels alone or forsaken.

So in honor of the Ohio heroes I post a poem that has touched the hearts of officers and supporters, The Final Inspection:

The officer stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, Officer,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To your church have you been true?”

The officer squared his shoulders and said,
” No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because all of us who carry badges
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent
Because the streets are tough.

But I never took a penny
That wasn’t mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got way too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept an unmanly tear.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, it needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t… I’ll understand!

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints have often trod.
As the officer waited quietly
For the judgment of his GOD

“Step forward now, Officer.
You’ve borne your burdens well
Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell”

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Prayer Challange – Police Officers

On this, the 13th day of 2010, we have already had 9 Line of Duty deaths for officers, bringing the documented total up to 19,984 officers killed in the line of duty. Organizations are uncovering officers from the past everyday, so this month we may reach 20,000 officers in our history.

We have to stop this trend. I’m asking all my friends and family to pray for the next 18 days. Please pray for our police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and troopers. Please pray for their safety and well-being. Pray that the violence that is planned against them will cease (that “no weapon formed against them will prosper”). Pray for peace in our communities. Pray for safety on the highways. Pray that they can eat meals and attend services in peace. Pray that not one officer out there feels alone or forsaken.

And to all my officer friends out there, we’re going to pray. We’re going to see God turn the tide. And if you feel alone, call me.

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?