Out of the Darkness and Into the Blue

Out of the Darkness and Into the Blue

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Epilogue

Throughout this book I tried to capture the emotion and internal thoughts of what was going through my mind as I...

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Field Training and Rookies

"Let no soul cry out, Had I not been properly trained." —Infantry Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia Slow...

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Introduction

My career priority was to serve and protect the city of Kalamazoo. I am forever grateful to the citizens of...

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Landing That Perfect Job

Getting hired by a career police department is your dream right? Working for an agency where you can have a...

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Police Academy Training

Why do people want to be a Police Officer? When asking a new recruit they almost always say: "To help people." As an...

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Community Policing

Community Policing has always been so much more than playing basketball with kids, handing out stickers, taking...

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Stupid Shit I Did at Work

Dangers in police work are inherent to the job function itself. But, as Cops—We make our jobs as dangerous as we...

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Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)—Hostage Rescue.

SWAT- Hostage Rescue is not for the weak at heart. Life and death is the reality of our job. Mistakes are...

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Honor Guard: The Tears Behind Our Glasses

"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer it's an entire nation." - Chris Cosgriff,...

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Respect Me

Always be respectful of other people's differences. Police Officers must be completely neutral in their feelings and...

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Party Patrol- RIOT!

Ever been in a riot? Probably not. The media portrays "Cops in riot gear" as some type of "show of force" and...

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Traffic Law Enforcement

My career was spent primarily as a road patrol officer. The majority of my road patrol duties consisted of traffic...

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Firefighting and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

"There is nothing more powerful than the heart of a volunteer." —Franklin D. Roosevelt You never forget your first...

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Criminal Patrol

The realities of criminal patrol are explained and detailed throughout this chapter. In addition, I have included...

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Death in Rural America

Out of the Darkness and into the Blue, Chapter Two: "Death in Rural America". For 16 years I served as an EMT and...

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Never Quit...Always Fight!

March 4, 1990 I was nearly killed in the line of duty. Chapter one is where I tell you the story of Juan Rico and how...

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Out of the Darkness and Into the Blue

I really thought I was about to be killed. Police Officers train for the most deadly confrontation, but you are...

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