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Heartwarming, Funny and Good: News About Police Officers

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by walkie-talkie, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    :) what great news:yippee:
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  2. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    A bittersweet story for sure.

    Godspeed hero.

    Convoy takes firefighter battling cancer to in-home hospice

    A convoy carried a six-year veteran firefighter from a Newnan cancer treatment center to his Forsyth County home Wednesday afternoon. “We are losing a dear member of our family very soon,” Atlanta fire spokeswoman Janet Ward said. “Frank’s last wish was to see the new Squad 4 apparatus, which was put into service just a few weeks ago.”

    Frank Martinez worked with the Atlanta Fire Department’s Squad 4, which is the technical rescue unit based on Edgewood Avenue. After battling cancer for several years, the 45-year-old father of two made the decision to receive hospice care at home.

    Several fire stations throughout Atlanta and DeKalb County radioed in Wednesday to give tributes to Martinez as he passed through the downtown area.

    Mike Brooks has been a friend of Martinez’s for more than 10 years, “We’re going to miss him,” Brooks said. “But we’re here to celebrate his life and to give him the send-off he deserves. He’s a fireman’s fireman; the best you’re going to ever meet.”


    (y'all know Mike Brooks - bald, bear of a guy, former cop & investigator, frequent commentator on crime stories)

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  4. spike

    spike Bronze Member

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    fran Administrator Staff Member

  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Body of HFD Captain 'Iron Bill' Dowling arrives in Houston

    HOUSTON - The body of Houston Fire Department Captain "Iron Bill" Dowling arrived in Houston Saturday evening.

    Dowling's body arrived at Hobby Airport around 6 p.m.

    Crowds gathered at the airport to welcome home the captain. An American flag covered his casket as fellow firefighters, officers, family and friends saluted the hometown hero.

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was one of those in the crowd at the airport to say goodbye to Dowling.


    "Captain Dowling has endured more than anybody should have to endure," said Executive Assistant HFD Chief Richard Mann. "He absolutely earned the nickname 'Iron Bill'."

    The casket was placed in a Houston Fire ambulance and was taken to Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.

    Police units led the ambulance and a procession of vehicles from the airport to the funeral home Saturday evening.

    Dowling passed away on Tuesday in Colorado due to complications of injuries he sustained while working the deadly 2013 Southwest Inn fire.

    The fire on May 31, 2013 killed four other Houston firefighters.

    Dowling lost both legs and suffered a brain injury after a roof collapsed on him while he was fighting the five-alarm fire.


  7. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

  8. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper


    On Father's Day last year, a female officer from CNY ran, alone, towards the gunshots while everyone else was running away. She shot the suspect to take him down and then, while rendering aid to him, was attacked by the very people she was trying to protect. she was awarded a Top Cop award for her actions.

    On June 19, 2016, she responded to what had been a daylong Father's Day party at a housing project on Syracuse's Near Westside.

    According to police statements and court testimony, a group of suspected gang rivals had opened fire among the throngs of hundreds of people. Francemone rushed into the chaos without backup.

    She engaged one of the armed men and shot him to death, police have said.

    As the man - identified as Gary Porter - lay dying in the courtyard of the housing project, Francemone went to disarm him and try to help him, according to police statements and court testimony. But an angry crowd attacked her.

    She was later rescued from the scene by fellow officers.

    Recipients are nominated by fellow officers. Hundreds of nominations are whittled down to one case in each state. Officers from the top 10 cases receive the TOP COPS Award. Francemone was among the the top 10.
  9. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

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  11. Paradise

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  12. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I suppose this story can qualify as heartwarming first that Officer Quincy Smith survived being shot multiple times at close range & in that a kind witness came to his aid, Officer Smith is still recovering & hoping to go back to work , & this week the shooter was found guilty, thanks in a large part to video of the events. Smith, himself, purchased the glasses that filmed the encounter.

    Startling video footage captured by a South Carolina cop’s personal body camera shows the officer being shot three times at point-blank range — with him asking a dispatcher to “tell my family that I love them” in what he thought was his dying breath. Officer Quincy Smith, of the Estill Police Department, managed to survive that fateful day last January after suffering two broken arm bones and a “life-threatening” neck injury.

    His assailant, Malcolm Orr, 29, was found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a weapon and sentenced to 35 years Wednesday following a two-day trial.
    video shows moment cop is shot at point-blank range

    Smith had been responding to a suspicious persons call on New Year’s Day 2016 at about 11 a.m. A clerk at a local store told the officer that a man wearing camouflage and a red bandanna had been stealing from her store.

    Upon his arrival, Smith had spotted Orr walking away from the store. The video — which was captured with a camera that Smith bought himself and placed on his eyeglasses — shows him drive a short distance to confront the suspect. Exiting his squad car and politely asking Orr, who is on his cellphone, to stop. "Come here, man. Come here for a second,” Smith says. As he gets closer to Orr, Smith notices that he has his hand in his pocket as if he’s carrying a weapon.

    “Take your hands out your pocket!” Smith yells. “If you don’t stop, I’m gonna tase you. I’m not playing with you!” Orr takes a few more steps before finally revealing the weapon — a 9mm handgun — and opening fire.

    “Shots fired!” Smith screams, while running back to his vehicle. “I am hit. I am hit in my neck someplace,” he says. “Dispatch, please tell my family I love them.”

    While cops initially said Smith was shot three times, he ultimately was fired upon “not once, not twice, not three times, or four, or five, or six, or seven, but eight times,” according to prosecutors. Each of the spent bullet casings was placed on the railing of the jury box during Orr’s trial. It took jurors less than 45 minutes before they came back with their guilty verdict.

    This 19:26 video captures these events & attempts to comfort & reassure Smith by a witness who came to his aid - a Good Samaritan.


    29 + 35 = 64 when he gets out of prison (if he serves the full sentence) & he will still be a cold heartless, wanna be cop killer. Do not let this beast out.

    A South Carolina man is sentenced to 35 years for opening fire at a police officer, striking him four times, in a shooting captured by a camera in the officer's glasses.
    Aug. 9, 2017

    HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is sentenced to 35 years for opening fire at a police officer, striking him four times, in a shooting captured by a camera in the officer's glasses.
    Bullets broke two bones in Smith's arm, severed a vein in his neck, and passed through his upper torso.

    Stone says Smith had purchased the camera himself.

    Recovering Estill police officer reflects on shooter’s conviction
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  13. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    My husband spent many weeks each year in this area at a hunting camp.
    I used to join him and some other couples in the summer as we prepared gourmet dinners at the camp and visited the surronding lowcountry.
    It was the calmest, safest place on earth back then.
    So hard to imagine this kind of event in a tiny area where everybody, black or white, knew and cared for each other.
    I do recall overhearing the locals discussing the influx of "city people" influencing the younger people.
    This was at "Ernie's Diner" in 1995.
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    noZme Bronze Member

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  15. Imamazed

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    Police officer adopts homeless mother's opioid-addicted newborn

    Police officers will often tell you there's no such thing as a routine call when you're patrolling the streets.
    But when Albuquerque police officer Ryan Holets responded to a possible theft at a nearby convenience store, it had all the hallmarks of a mundane assignment he could quickly clear from the call log.
    It didn't turn out that way.
    As Ryan left the convenience store on September 23, he noticed out of the corner of his eye a couple sitting on the grass against a cement wall. It appeared the man and woman were shooting up heroin in broad daylight behind the convenience store.
    Ryan turned on his body camera and approached the couple but he wasn't prepared for what he saw. The woman was in the middle of injecting a needle into her companion's arm. Then he noticed the woman was pregnant.
    "It's not every day I see a sight like that and it just made me really sad," he told CNN.
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    Uncommon poise: Officer's quick action saves young hostage
    t was such a quiet Monday afternoon on the streets of this Oklahoma City suburb that David Huff was thinking of sneaking in some sunset fishing before heading home.
    But just after 3 p.m. on June 17, 2013, the call shot across Midwest City Police Department radios. Across the street from the police station, in a Walmart grocery store, a man had snatched a young girl and was holding her at knifepoint in front of her mother and stunned shoppers.
    "All the people that are first responders, we all know that in our mind. We know that the next call could be the one that changes your life. It could be the next thing that ends your life," police Maj. David Huff said.

    Huff and Detective Darrell Miller, trained hostage negotiators, raced out of the station and within minutes came face to face with Sammie Wallace, who was holding a knife to 2-year-old Zoey Keating's stomach.
    Huff, 50, has rarely spoken publicly about the dramatic events that unfolded during a volatile 30-minute hostage standoff. During an emotional interview with CNN, his eyes often welled with tears.
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  18. Imamazed

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    How one child abuse call changed a cop's life
    Jody Thompson had a history of working abuse cases. But nothing could have prepared him for the call that changed his life

    Officer Jody Thompson knew it was bad. Sometimes the reality of a call wasn’t as awful as it sounded over the radio. Not this one. After 16 years in law enforcement, he could tell the difference. He heard the distress in the dispatcher’s voice. The follow up call affirmed his belief: the child said his parents were trying to kill him.

    Thompson was en route to a law enforcement training conference in Oklahoma City, about three hour’s drive from Poteau – the small rural town in Le Flore County he calls his beat. He turned the car around; his colleagues would need his expertise in child abuse cases, built from years of prior work as a general assignment investigator for a district attorney’s office. Despite his extensive background, nothing could have prepared him for the horror he was about to witness that day in April 2015.

    John had escaped to a neighbor’s house. The 8-year-old boy was the first thing Thompson saw when he walked in. His hands were bound. He was soaking wet – his abusers had submerged him in a trash can full of icy water. He was shaking so violently from the shock and the cold that he couldn’t speak – his teeth audibly chattering. Of all the disturbing signs of trauma, what stuck out to Thompson most was a purple knot the size of a tennis ball on the boy’s forehead – an image that still haunts him to this day. It was the most severe case of abuse Thompson had ever seen.
  19. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    First responders treat Mich. kids to Christmas shopping spree
    For the ninth year, Michigan supermarket Meijer teamed up with first responders for "Shop with a Hero"

    There were at least 90 smiling faces roaming the aisles at Meijer in Ionia Wednesday morning. Forty-five of those belonged to local kids, and the rest to local heroes who accompanied them as together they shopped for the holidays.

    For the ninth year, Meijer teamed up with law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters and first responders for "Shop with a Hero," an event that makes the season brighter for children in need.

    This year's heroes came from the Ionia County Sheriff's Office and the Sheriff's Posse, Michigan State Police, Ionia Department of Public Safety, Belding Police Department, Lake Odessa Police Department, Portland Police Department, Michigan Department of Corrections, Berlin-Orange Fire Department, Lyons-Muir Fire Department, Sunfield Fire Department, Ionia County Central Dispatch and Life EMS Ambulance, said ICSO Office Manager Suana McDaniels, who coordinated with the agencies to line up volunteers.

    "They were all very enthusiastic about being able to connect with the kids," she said.

    Sheriff Dale Miller called it "fantastic" that so many emergency services personnel stepped up to participate in the event.

    "Law enforcement, corrections, fire, ambulance, dispatch — all those came together to give back to the children, who are the building blocks of our community," Miller said. "Every child had a smile on their face, and the officers, too. At this time of year it's stressful for everybody, and this is a time the staff can decompress. They get a few hours out of the day when they can show their emotions — for the kids and for the community."

    The children who participated in the event were selected by their elementary and middle school principals and social workers. The schools have a variety of programs to help families in need, said McDaniels, so they "fit the kids in the program that is best for them."
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