Monday, August 24, 2009

TTFN

Every time he said it I could never remember what it meant. Though he told me a thousand times over, it just never clicked, until now.


On Friday August 21, 2009 my family lost a great man.

It was sudden and completely unexpected and has left us all in shock, devastated even.

My Mom is completely and utterly devastated and it’s crushing every fiber of my being.


You never truly know how much someone means to you or fits into your family until they don’t exist anymore. The life-interrupted a few nights a week, the “pinch your fur” my Delta had to endure that secretly she loved, but Miki knew better. The laughter at the family night dinners at the most inappropriate of conversations. I think he was probably the only person besides my Fianc√© that could laugh at those topics lol.


He taught me all sorts of useless and obscure information. Like in India they kill female babies until they have a male baby, (I just thought that happened in China). He also steered me towards the Episcopalian Church when I was having a problem with the Catholic Church.


He would give me pointers and hints when I was going for Golf lessons, and for the most part, they worked. He would let me have his Golf magazines when he was done with them so I could read the articles and get hints and pointers from the pros. He introduced my Mom to the sport of Golf. Which she is very good at by the way. They golfed everywhere together: Vegas, Jersey, you name it they went there. I also think this is what she needs now. A hobby and a sport that she can have a positive memory of him and it will keep her busy and in the social environment.


He lived life very loosely. Nothing really bothered him too much. He kind of just ‘went with the flow’. He loved his wine, he loved his golf, and he loved my Mother… Most importantly, he loved my Mother; he loved our family and we loved him just as much. He made my Mom very happy and vis-√†-vis. They were the best of friends, they laughed, they cried, they partied, they dined, they golfed, they frequented AC and Vegas.


I tell my Mom to be strong, but I know the feeling. She’s empty inside, which will eventually fill back up, it’s just going to take time. She will be ok though, she’s a strong woman. He would be extremely angry at her if she whittled away, he would want her to continue partying, continue golfing, and continue living until it was her time to hit the Tee, that I’m sure he has already reserved for her.


So Ta Ta For Now Baker.. You are missed greatly.. just keep our clubs clean and shoes ready.. we will eventually have a good day on the course. May all of your holes be Eagles.


Love

T

Friday, August 21, 2009

A tad out of shape??

I came across this article with video on Officer.com

Not only is he a disgrace to himself, but he's a burden to his fellow officers, as are all overweight cops.

Video

Video: Overweight Nebraska Officer Struggles

He couldn't bend over to get into a robbed business


BELLEVUE, Neb. --

Should a police officer's physical condition determine whether he is fit for duty?

A police officer in Nebraska recently got his job back after a lengthy court battle.

Now, new surveillance video shows another Bellevue officer struggling on the job.

On May 5, Bellevue police Sgt. Matt Jarvis and his partner answered an alarm at Scooter's Coffee Shop. With the glass door broken, Jarvis' partner entered the building without any problem.

But because of Jarvis' larger size, he couldn't bend over to get through. Surveillance video showed that Jarvis left his partner alone inside the coffee shop for a full minute.

Then, Jarvis put down his gun, and spent 30 seconds crawling through the door.

"Functionally, he got through it and did what he was supposed to do," Bellevue police Chief John Stacey said.

Stacey defended Jarvis' performance, saying he doesn't believe he put his partner in jeopardy.

"To have somebody armchair quarterback them who's never done that, that's not my Game," Stacey said.

Jarvis, a 30-year veteran with the Bellevue police department, is a defensive tactics instructor.

Stacey said Jarvis has passed the state-mandated gun test that requires officers to kneel down, shoot and get back up.

"No one has failed (the test), with the exception of one," Stacey said.

That person was Chris Parent, a 350-pound officer who was fired two years ago when he failed to pass the training test.

A court has ordered Stacey to give Parent another chance.

The only time we can get involved is if they cannot do the job. It's like, 'Are you too tall? Too short? Too fat? Too homely-looking?' Where do you draw the line?" Stacey said. Meanwhile, Parent is back on the police payroll, but he won't be on the street until he passes the training test.

Stacey said he hopes Jarvis will see the surveillance video as an opportunity to improve his performance.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cell Phones and 911

Anyone in Law enforcement/dispatch ever have a problem similar to this?

Please, tell me your story!

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/wireless/phones/2009-08-17-cellphones_N.htm?se=yahoorefer

Cellphones problematic for 911

Darlene Dukes struggled to speak as she called 911 from her cellphone. She could barely tell the operator her address: 602 Wales Drive.

The operator, trying to understand Dukes, sent an ambulance to Wells Street in Atlanta— 28 miles from Dukes' apartment in Johns Creek, a suburb north of the city.

Paramedics finally reached the stricken woman almost an hour after her call on Aug. 2, 2008. They were too late. Forty minutes after arriving at the hospital, Dukes, 39, the mother of two boys, died of a blood clot in her lungs.

That cellphone call was critical. If Dukes had called from a land-line telephone, her address would have immediately popped up on the 911 operator's screen, leaving no room for confusion.

Dukes' case is like many others across the nation. For the millions of Americans giving up their land lines in favor of cellphones, dialing 911 may no longer mean a quick response. It can lead to misrouted calls, delayed information about the location of the caller and, most important, a slower emergency response.

"Lots of people are dying each year," says David Aylward, director of Comcare Emergency Response Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group. "We're sending in responders where they don't know information about the person they are responding to. We're sending them in looking for someone when they should know where they are exactly."

911 built for land lines

The nation's 911 emergency response system, built in 1967, was based on the expectation that calls for help would come from land-line telephones, says Paul Linnee, a consultant for emergency communications. Now, with more people using cellphones exclusively, calls that bounce from tower to tower pose significant challenges.

Cellphone users "almost assume that they are going to be located — and that's not a fair assumption," says Brian Fontes, CEO of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), which focuses on 911 emergency communications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 20.2% of U.S. households had only wireless phones in 2008, up almost 3 percentage points from 2007. Today, the Federal Communications Commission estimates a third of 911 calls are from cellphones.

Linnee says even the most advanced 911 systems do not allow a dispatcher to get a specific street address for a wireless call. About 93% of the nation's 911 centers have technology that lets the dispatcher immediately see the caller's phone number and the location of the cell tower that picks up the call. But the dispatcher must request the caller's GPS coordinates from the wireless carrier that operates the tower. This process can take several seconds and may yield a location as far as 300 meters from the caller, not much help in a high-rise apartment.

The FCC requires that carriers be able to locate a caller, within 300 meters, for 95% of their calls in each state. A proposal pending before the FCC calls for carriers to be able to locate 95% of their calls in each county.

Misrouting common

Cellphone calls are commonly misrouted to the wrong 911 center, a problem not addressed by the FCC. In Jefferson County, N.Y., just across Lake Ontario from Canada, Joseph Plummer, director of the county's fire and emergency management, says dispatchers occasionally get calls from Canada.

Unlike land-line calls, which are sent to the 911 center for their jurisdiction, wireless calls can hit the wrong tower, further slowing the response.

Misrouting also happens in metropolitan areas where multiple jurisdictions are bunched together. In Cook County, Ill., there are more than 100 different 911 centers, Linnee says, making it extremely common for calls to hit towers outside of the proper jurisdiction.

Problems run deeper still in areas where wireless carriers and 911 centers have not adopted the latest technologies. According to NENA, 7% of the nation's 911 centers are able to obtain only the location of the tower that picks up the wireless call and are not equipped to request GPS coordinates for the caller's location. More than 100 counties still have only this so-called Basic 911 service. Cellphone callers in these counties are unlikely to summon emergency services unless they can orally tell the operator where they are.

Improvements are coming, however. This month, a 911 center in Waterloo, Iowa, serving Black Hawk County, became the first in the country with the capacity to receive text messages.

Last week, NENA announced the formation of a consortium of emergency response organizations and wireless experts to secure federal stimulus funds to upgrade 911 operations by using broadband technology. Patrick Halley, director of government affairs for NENA, says the goal is to allow callers to send video and text messages to 911 centers.

In the year since Dukes' death, the town where she lived, Johns Creek, has partnered with the neighboring town of Sandy Springs to install a joint 911 center, says Noah Reiter, assistant city manager for Sandy Springs. The new $3.5 million system, partly inspired by Dukes' death, will launch Sept. 1.

FAIL

This is just TOO FUNNY not to post lol

http://news.aol.com/article/homeless-man-tasered-catches-on-fire/630637?icid=main|main|dl1|link5|http%3A%2F%2Fnews.aol.com%2Farticle%2Fhomeless-
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Tasered Homeless Man Catches on Fire

AP


(Aug. 19) - Police in Ohio say officers using a new Taser stun gun briefly set a homeless man on fire while trying to subdue him.
A police report in Lancaster, about 30 miles southeast of Columbus, says one officer had seen the man inhaling a chemical from an aerosol can Monday night. That officer and another then struggled with the suspect, and the Taser was used. A flame appeared on the man's chest, and officers patted it down.

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Officers in Lancaster, Ohio, accidentally set a homeless man on fire when they used a Taser stun gun on him. The incident happened Monday when two officers struggled with Daniel Wood, above, after he was spotted inhaling a chemical from an aerosol can. The Taser was used and Wood's chest briefly caught on fire. Click through the gallery to see other Taser incidents.
Police Chief David Bailey says 31-year-old Daniel Wood was not seriously hurt.
The department's policy warns against using Tasers when flammable chemicals may be present. Bailey says officers acted appropriately.
Wood was charged with abusing harmful intoxicants and other counts. Court records do not list his attorney.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Undoubtedly a Hero

Police all around the world need Doctors like this, willing to go above and beyond to save a life.

____________________

Miami Officer Gets Surgery While in Cruiser

He was trapped following a crash


By JOSE PAGLIERY
The Miami Herald

A predawn crash Tuesday on the Don Shula Expressway left a Miami police officer trapped in his car with a sign pole piercing his leg.

The crash, which happened just north of Kendall Drive, occurred when Officer Rolando Rodriguez lost control of his patrol car while driving south on wet roadways, according to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Pat Santangelo.

The injury, along with the complication of getting Rodriguez out of his cruiser, led paramedics to do something unusual: Instead of immediately putting him on a helicopter to the hospital, they flew a surgeon to him.

The procedure worked. Rodriguez is now recuperating at Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, according to Dr. Louis R. Pizano, the surgeon who performed the operation.

It was the first time in Pizano's nine year career at the hospital that he performed surgery on a patient trapped in a car on the highway.

"And I hope never to do it again," a tired Pizano told reporters Tuesday morning.

Pizano, who started his 24-hour shift at 7 a.m. Monday, had just finished performing an emergency operation on a patient at the hospital when he heard about the 3 a.m. crash from a message on his pager.

A nurse immediately informed him a police officer was stuck in a smashed cruiser on the side of the highway in Kendall -- with a construction sign in his leg.

But Miami-Dade Fire Rescue paramedics wouldn't be able to get him out in time to stop the bleeding, meaning the doctor would have to go to him.

As the helicopter neared, Pizano quickly assembled his kit: Gigli wire saw, scalpels, clamps, bandages, painkillers and sedatives.

Air Rescue South's pilots kept the chopper's long rotor blades spinning when they landed it at Ryder's helicopter pad at 3:10 a.m. They took off with Pizano onboard 15 minutes later, according to fire rescue records.

As the helicopter raced southwest, Pizano ran four different scenarios in his head as he planned how he would treat Rodriguez. When they landed near the crash at 3:30 a.m., the scene was brutal.

"One of the poles that was holding up the construction sign pierced the driver's door of the patrol car, went through the leg of the officer and came out the window," Santangelo said.

The car had come to a rest on the left shoulder facing side ways.

Undaunted, Pizano had paramedics suit him up, and he got to work.

Fire rescue personnel tore off the driver's side door, giving Pizano enough room to stop the bleeding, apply what he called "lots of morphine" and surgically remove the sign from Rodriguez's leg.

"His police car became an operating room," said fire rescue spokesman Lt. Eddy Ballester.

For exactly one hour, Pizano and the firefighters surrounding the car took turns performing tasks -- Pizano operating on Rodriguez and firefighters cutting away at the car's metal roof. The most difficult part, Pizano said, was to avoid hurting Rodriguez further while keeping him alert by not applying enough pain medication to knock him out.

"It's a fine line," Pizano said.

By 4:30 a.m., they were done freeing Rodriguez from his cruiser and loading him onto the chopper, Pizano at his side.

"Without a doubt, it worked," Ballester said of the procedure.

Rodriguez is now recovering at Ryder. When asked if the officer was all right, Pizano responded gleefully: "He should be."

Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the cause of the crash.

Miami police are holding a blood drive for Rodriguez until 7 p.m. Tuesdaty at their downtown station, which is located at 400 NW 2 Ave.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Finally

I am so happy to share this article i read on Officer.com. It's an update (of sorts) regarding Sgt. Crowley from the Cambridge PD. Finally! Support for an officer.. Where's Al? lol

http://officer.com/online/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=47984

Mass. Officer Gets Ovation at FOP Convention


Posted: Monday, August 17, 2009
Updated: August 18th, 2009 02:25 PM EDT




AP Photo/Nick Ut

More than 3,000 officers gave Cambridge Sgt. James Crowley, who gained national notoriety after he arrested Harvard scholar Louis Gates Jr., a standing ovation on Aug. 17.
By GILLIAN FLACCUS
Associated Press Writer

LONG BEACH, Calif. --

Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley received a standing ovation from thousands of police officers Monday as he opened a five-day Fraternal Order of Police convention with brief remarks.

Crowley, who is white, sparked a national debate on race relations and policing when he arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct at Gates' home in Cambridge, Mass. Gates is black.

More than 3,000 police officers cheered Crowley when he spoke at the Long Beach Convention Center. Dozens left their seats to take snapshots of him as he stood at the podium.

"The past month has been very difficult for my family, my friends and my colleagues back in Cambridge, and it's no exaggeration to say that it wouldn't be as easy for me to handle this without the support from the Fraternal Order of Police ... and the support that the men and women who do this job have given me," he said. "Thank you very much."

Crowley declined to comment further after leaving the stage.

Crowley arrested Gates on July 16. The officer was first to respond to the home the renowned black scholar rents from Harvard University, after a woman reported seeing two men trying to force open the front door. Gates said he had to shove the door open because it was jammed.

He was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he yelled at Crowley, accused him of racial bias and refused to calm down after Crowley demanded Gates show him identification. The charge was later dropped, but Gates demanded an apology and called the incident racial profiling.

Crowley has said he followed protocol and responded to Gates' "tumultuous behavior" appropriately.

President Barack Obama further inflamed the debate when said at a nationally televised news conference that Crowley had "acted stupidly." Obama later invited Gates and Crowley to the White House for a beer to bring all three men together.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

That "Feeling"

My Fiance' had that feeling Saturday after we ate dinner before he started his shift. You know.. the one that sits in your gut, but you can't explain why or what it's telling you?? You just know it's telling you SOMETHING??

I am a firm believer that when your gut says something, you listen, and listen closely. I went to him and just asked that he take the night off, but he wouldn't. Then i simply asked that he be vigilant, and i put his concern in the back of my mind's filing cabinet for safe keeping. After all, i couldn't let it get to me, that would not have done either of us good. Especially me, the one that has to stay at home dreading that phone call, should it come.

I don't mean to sound cynical, but hey, let's face it, it's a reality all people in and around Law Enforcement must look in the eye every time they put that uniform on. No matter what type of town (quiet or major city) it's a reality. No one is invincible, not even police officers.

I love what he does, as i wanted that same profession for myself, but i aged out. It doesn't take away from the fact that it scares me when he goes to work, but i have to be strong. For him, and for myself.

Thankfully, that night didn't reveal anything dangerous or major, at least not for him as he was on the desk the 2nd 1/2 of the night. Although, there was a home invasion while he was inside, and he felt that the juveniles he came across in that area earlier in the night might have been involved. So his gut wasn't totally wrong, something big did, in fact, happen. Luckily for all involved, nothing came of it but reports, and some upset home owners.
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