Category Archives: Ohio

Exotic animals in Muskingum County

I will say right off the bat, I completely support the decision of the Muskingum County Sheriff in taking down these animals. First let’s be clear. These weren’t 50 poodles, or even pit bulls. These were LIONS, TIGERS and BEARS. Roaming free in unfamiliar territory. Close to major cities filled with small children. Would you try to trash my reputation if a LION was in my yard and I shot it to protect my family? I doubt it. And these officers are responsible for the safety of EVERYONE in the county.

Jack Hanna was quoted as saying:

“It’s dark out there. You cannot tranquilize an animal in the dark. You don’t know where he’s going to go, number one. You don’t know what he’s going to do, number two,” Hanna said. “We had to take a tiger, tranquilize it. The tiger became aggressive. He had to shoot the tiger. We’re trying our best not to do that anymore, but we can only do what we can do.”
Hanna said it’s a very sad situation, for the animals, and for the people who were forced to shoot and kill those animals. He said that’s something those people will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Fact is that there likely isn’t enough tranq darts in the surrounding counties to take care of this. Then what? We wait to get more and HOPE that hungry lion eats a cow from a farm instead of a kid outside?

Alternatively, if the deputies had not taken immediate and swift action and someone got scratched or eaten(hungry lions aren’t vegetarians you know) then we would hear about those lazy do-nothing cops. Probably afraid of the animals.

I’m sure the sheriff’s department didn’t want to kill these animals but they did what they had to do protect their community.

Now what we have are cops following orders, doing the best they could to protect their community, and people wants to vilify them because of the poor tigers? Maybe they should on call the next time this happens. Drive out to the middle of the state in the middle of the night and try to safely capture a lion. Good luck, and nice knowing you.

I for one say “Good job officers.”

EMT J.D. Kurtz – End of Watch : 9/28/2011


Rest in peace EMT J.D. Kurtz. The West Alexandria EMS is in my prayers.

West Alexandria (and Preble County) buried a great man yesterday. He recently had his 35th birthday. He leaves behind a loving wife, Angie, of 14 years; 1 daughter, Aubree; 2 sons, Ian & Easton. Donations may be made to a Memorial Fund set up for J.D.’s Children at any Fifth Third Bank.

Distribution: Please distribute to all law enforcement personnel – Police Week 2011

As always, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance. I also want to thank you, the reader. I cannot personally give you a pat on the back or buy you lunch. However, I can let you know that people DO care.

May 15-21 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “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”.

During this note, I would like to talk a bit about significance. Significance can be a very broad term, and like beauty, it can be in “the eye of the beholder”. Actions that I take may or may not be viewed as significant to employers, friends, or family; even though I think they are significant. The adverse is also true. Something that I think is insignificant may be very significant to someone else.

So how does that affect you as a Police Officer? I have ridden with and heard from numerous officers who fight this battle. They feel unappreciated. They feel that the community is looking for reasons to harp on them. Bottom line – they do not feel significant.

We as humans don’t have the full picture. What you see as giving directions to a lost motorist, may have enabled them to see a loved one for the last time, or the birth of a new child. By giving that kid at McDonalds a sticker or a toy badge, may have given them their first view of a cop – and made a supporter for life. Checking in on the dog bite victim even after your part of the case is done, showed that little boy that cops need not be feared, but are there to help. The little things that we consider insignificant may not have changed the world, but it changed someone’s world. Whether you are in a small town, big city, or something in between, you have likely made impact on people you are not aware of, and possibly may never know. So I want to encourage you as you read this.

I could go on for pages about why your job is significant, and why YOU are significant. But you have things to do, so I tried to be brief (If you’d like me to expound further drop me a note). For all the officers out there reading this, Dr. Mike is praying for a peaceful week for you. Safe traffic stops. I hope people see you in restaurants and pay for your food. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year. I pray that those of you making the trip to Washington will have a safe trip. For those who are making the trip to the wall to honor a fallen brother, I pray for safety and healing. But most of all, I hope there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.

In closing, thank you for all 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.

My thoughts – Clark County LOD – Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper

Today is a dark day in the Miami Valley, particularly for Clark County. The CCSO had not lost an officer in the Line of Duty (LOD) since 1978. And this one was shot while TAKING A PICTURE OF A FOOTPRINT. I did not know her. Some of you reading this note may have. I’ve heard it say that she was a fine person, and a fine officer. Now, we have another taken from us. Officers across the Miami Valley (and Nationwide) are grieving tonight. Taken, doing what she loved, and taken protecting the citizens of Clark County. I’ve never been a cop. So I can’t tell you how it feels to have someone you know and talk to cut down in their prime my someone who doesn’t have the decency to fight fair, but shoots her in the back.

I’ve seen the Thin Blue Line in action…and closer than alot of people. I’ve heard the complaints, and witnessed what some of you do at traffic stops. And I’ve watched how they sometimes vent to (or sometimes at) each other. What the patrol thinks about “the brass”. I’ve seen why that officer in the rain looks angry as you try to drive around her patrol car. You may hear/seen that too. But I also know some of the WHY. Why do they think that way? Why is that cop so mad when you try to go around her car? The bottom line…they just want to go home safe. They just want to see their spouse, kids or parents after a long shift. They just want to make it through the day without having the hassle of giving you a ticket. And NO, they really do not want to give you a ticket. They would much rather you drive safely.

She died with no one there who loved her. No one in the last few minutes to utter her last words to. And it happens alot more than it should (161 deaths in 2010).

But this one is especially close to me. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office was one of the first local agencies to believe in me and my mission to support officers and firefighters. I did not know her, but she kew something about me. She read my note on the holidays. She knew that Dr. Mike was there. And that someone gave a darn that she 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 she was giving up time with her family to protect countless other families.

So I stand up for them. That’s what I do. And I’ll do it until the day that I die. And if that’s not acceptable to you, then you can feel free to ignore, avoid or unfriend me. That’s your choice. But I’m going to stand up for them.

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.

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”

author unknown

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?