Explorations in Policing, Faith and Life (With a hint of humor, product reviews, news and whatever catches my attention)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another excellent and needed charity-The Police Survivors

I just discovered this organization dedicated to assisting seriously injured or wounded Police officers. They have similarly wounded officers come to the home of a newly wounded officer for visitations, help them return to the incident location, provide counseling services and have a financial grants available.

I have seen many organizations dedicated to the honorable and critical need of serving the families of fallen officers but this is the first that I have discovered dedicated to a much higher population, the critically wounded officer. I believe they are a cause worth supporting. The following is the link to their web site and some material from it.
The Police Survivors

Mission Statement

The Police Survivors was established to assist in the recovery of any Police Officer who was seriously and traumatically injured in the Line of Duty in the State of Illinois. This will be accomplished through one on one visitations with similarly wounded police officers, return to the scene visitations, private independent counseling services, and financial grants. We are here to assist with the recovery process in any way possible. With your help, we can continue to “Take Care of Our Own".

Donations & Merchandise Our organization relies on your donations; any size donation is greatly appreciated.
You can use the PayPal link below to pay by credit card.
If you would like to pay by check, please make it payable to "Police Survivors" and send it to:

Police Survivors
5215 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 6063

How We Came To Be

In 1995, a group of seriously injured police officers decided that an organization should be founded to assist in the recovery process of any police officer injured in the line of duty within the state of Illinois. The process took over a year to put together and the following officers formally established The Police Survivors in the spring of 1996. They are Steven Tyler, Joseph Sosnowski, Michael Lappe, Sol Karadjias, Henry Davis Sr. (who has since passed away), Terry Baney, Talmitch Jackson, Jacqueline Healy and Dennis Dobson.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Three Floyds-Dark Lord Day

I made my first pilgrimage with three friends to Munster Indiana for the Three Floyds Brewery’s Dark Lord Day. Their Dark Lord is an imperial Russian stout that is only sold one day a year and to be guaranteed a bottle you have to buy a $10 ticket on line on Saint Patrick’s Day. It was nuts and fun because everyone comes with rare beer from all parts of the United States and the World to trade. So I was able to sample a lot of excellent and not so excellent brews. Our novice status has been successfully terminated and we now know what we need to do to make it even better.  I up loaded these three quick videos I took from different parts of the line to you tube.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fishing Bloopers

Something about how Bill Dance takes it all in stride makes it even better.  Life is too short to be serious all the time, enjoy.

Ecclesiastes 10:19
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Moral Quandary

I am really not sure how to address this issue from a believers standpoint.  I already know how to feel as an officer.

On August 23, 2003, while in protective custody at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, ordained Priest and suspected multiple-child molester John J Geoghan was strangled and stomped to death in his cell by Joseph Druce, a self admitted white supremacist and murderer. 

How do you treat, both intellectually and emotionally, incidents where evil preys on evil? I know how I want to feel, but is it right? The fallen are fallen and the lost are lost and once their life is extinguished a man’s chance for redemption through Christ is lost.  But then both their actions/decisions brought them to this place.  The following is the feed of the outside of the cell during this incident.

Psalm 7:13-15  13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;  he makes ready his flaming arrows.   14 He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. 15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A brief look into a mind

I spend a lot of quality time walking around downtown areas and as such receive many interesting missives from the unrealized mentally ill or in some rare cases well wishing individuals.  I was handed this flyer from a homeless man when I realized that most of the people in America do not get to interact with the marginalized mentally ill people we as officers see every day.  In person and in real time is the best way to educate yourself about them, but at least with the ones that are creative, their output at least give you some sense of understanding.  PLEASE NOTE...I not only do not endorse his ideas I am pretty sure I disagree and am trouble by all of them.

1 Samuel 21:13
So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Fallen and injured police officers-Matt Crosby

First and foremost

Heartland Bank
c/o “Officer Matt Crosby Charitable Fund.”
9877 Manchester
Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119

I have been feeling that I can make a more positive use of my blog, so along with my regular posts I will be helping to get the word out about various fund raisers for our fallen and injuried brother and sisters in uniform.  I ran across this article for Officer Matt Crosby who was shot and gravely injured.  He is very worthy of our support.

Upcoming fundraisers:
Saturday, April 17, a lemonade stand operated by a local young lady that will include Matt Crosby’s sons, Saturday at the Market at McKnight Center located at the southwest corner of Manchester and McKnight roads in Rock Hill.

At 7:30 p.m., April 30 the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association will host a fundraiser at the SLPOA Hall, 3710 Hampton Ave. Tickets will be available at the door or from the Rock Hill Police Dept. 320b W. Thornton Ave., or through Shannon Dandridge at (314) 703-3111.

At 5: 10 p.m., May 27, the Webster Groves Police Department is hosting a Tex Mex dinner/auction at Lattitude 26, 6407 Clayton Road.
His story-Link to Globe Democrat New Story

George Issac Jones, 36, of Tennessee, is charged in the shooting that left a Rock Hill police officer paralyzed.
According to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Jones is charged with five counts, including assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. Jones' bond is set at $150,000 cash only. He remains hospitalized Friday.
According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Jones was on parole for a facilitation to aggravated robbery conviction. His prior convictions were robbery and aggravated assault.
Friday's charges stem from what police said started as a domestic dispute Thursday night.
Domestic disputes are some of the most dangerous assignments a police officer can face, and two Rock Hill Police officers stared danger directly in the eye Thursday night.
Matthew Crosby, 30, a three-year veteran of the department, now lays in a hospital bed, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot April 8 in the shoulder during just such an incident at the Stanford Place Apartment Homes in the 1100 block of Raritan Drive, near the 9400 block of Manchester Road.
The bullet came to rest on his spine and he remains in stable condition at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, according to police.
St. Louis County police are now handling the investigation. At a news conference Friday afternoon County police Lt. Tom Larkin said the officers were called to the multi-level apartment by a woman who said her live-in boyfriend had assaulted her. They were told that the boyfriend, identified as Jones, was armed and dangerous.
Officers say Jones walked up the stairs to an apartment on the second floor through a glass window. They entered the building and knocked on the door, identifying themselves.
Larkin said the officers then took cover down one level because they didn’t want to stand in front of a door with an armed suspect inside.
“He (Jones) came out the door, walked a few steps, I understand there is a railing there, and shot down at the officers,” Larkin said.
The suspect fired two shots from a small caliber handgun he was holding, striking Crosby. Officers returned fire, striking Jones who then tumbled down a flight of stairs to the first level.
Larkin said the woman and her child were not in the building. The two may have been beaten earlier, he said.
Both Crosby and Jones were taken to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center and both remain in critical condition Friday, Larkin said. Jones may have been struck in the torso, he said.
Rock Hill Police Lt. Galen Cox said everyone in the department is praying for Crosby’s recovery, and added Crosby’s wife, Stephanie, and his three sons are at his bedside.
“He’s a good man who knows the business,” Cox said. “He knows how to handle himself. He’s a member of our special weapons and response unit and has got a lot of experience.”
Lewis was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting, Cox said.
A St. John’s Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman said the family did not wish to speak to the media about the incident.
Cox said he spoke to Crosby’s wife, a nurse by profession, and said she “seems in pretty good spirits, considering.”
Cox called domestic dispute calls the “worst calls we have, or any department, can have.”
“You just don’t know what you’re going to encounter,” Cox said. “You already have two people who are in a combative state most of the time, and if there’s any drugs or alcohol added to the situation that certainly doesn’t help.”  “You don’t want to go to them (domestic disputes) but we go to them all the time,” Cox said. “It’s just that these things happen, unfortunately. It was just a disturbance between boyfriend and girlfriend.”
Cox said he did not know if drugs or alcohol were involved in Thursday night’s shooting.
“You have to be on alert and on your toes and pay attention to your surroundings as best you can,” Cox said of responding to a domestic dispute. “It’s probably one of the worst calls, besides one involving a child.”
According to Rock Hill officials, Jones is believed to have moved here three months ago from Tennessee. Larkin said there were several outstanding warrants for Jones in Memphis involving aggravated assault and kidnapping in a domestic violence case.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Vacation ending-Auction Stuff

Well the end of the Arizona vacation is here and we are about to fly back to the midwest.  I have an arrow head collection that takes up one wall of my office.  I have limited time to search for arrowheads so my total personal arrowhead find count is one.  As a result I do what bad hobbyist all over the world do, I purchase preexisting  collections from auctions when I can.  Here are the ones that I picked up yesterday.  Back to regular posts after today.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vacation in Sedona Arizona

A much needed vacation in Sedona Arizona with my wife, the kids and my parents.  Over a year in the making and its been a good payoff.

Genesis 2:2

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.


Well I am late on Easter praise, but thank God he was not late on me.  He is Risen.

The Best Part of the Easter Story.

John 20:10-18

10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Missed Good Friday Services

One of the negatives in a career in law enforcement is also one that you can be told about but until you experience it you truly do not understand it.  The general public quickly forgets that policework is a 24 hour seven day a week commitment. Case in point, we were finished with the week and it looked like Friday would be a quick paperwork day running into the Easter weekend. As a result I made plans with the family to attend Good Friday services at Harvest Bible Chapel. So as these things go, right when I was walking to my car to go home we got called out and my family had to attend church without me and also as these things go we finished just at the right second that I would not be able to scream out of the area and make it while services were still in progress.

Missed family time is one of the prices that Officers pay to keep everyone else safe.  It is also one of the reasons this profession has the highest divorce rate.