A retiring seasoned criminal’s blessing to his grandson

A retiring seasoned criminal’s blessing to his beloved grandson-aspiring to be a seasoned criminal like his father and grandfather,

“My dear grandson as you sit on the watermelon and I break this wild turkey egg on your head and the yolk flows on your cheeks like wisdom at the initiation ceremony for seasoned criminals, I wish your loot far exceed combined loot of mine and your father’s and even exceed your counting ability. May you slither like a king cobra before strike and may you stalk quietly and attack like a Siberian tiger and still be called a gentleman. May you always get chased by a police dog with the touch of arthritis.”

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“Effective policing underpins the very quality of life in Canada,” says Honorable RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson.

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner highlights the important role our Police Officers play in the upkeep of Canadian values and says,

“I am also reminded of just how much we rely on our police services and the men and women who comprise them, to preserve and safeguard our Canadian way of life.

Without public safety and the maintenance of public order there can be no respect for human rights, equality of opportunity or protection of the weak and vulnerable.

Effective policing underpins the very quality of life in Canada. It allows us the basic security we all need to go about our lives; achieve our goals; express our views; resolve our disputes peacefully; and raise our children in safe communities.”

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“I Take No Guff From Nobody specially bullies like you”

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Small dog Pappy to big dog Wolfy, “Don’t you ever call me a bite size. When it comes to principles, I stand my ground. Size of the opponent has no meaning. A bully is a bully and I know how to take care of them. Now Beat it, get out of my sight before I lose my cool.”

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“A police officer is all there is in society to keep any concept of order.”

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Dear blogger friends I am blessed to hear direct stories from real people in real life situations. I am so proud of the fact that great human beings come to my blog and share their inspiring life stories with me. I am posting one such real life story of a New York Police Officer  who has been kind enough to share his story with us. I thank him from the bottom of my heart and pray that I keep receiving such inspirational real life stories in future as well. We all need to understand and comprehend what the job of a Police Officer is all about. It is no ordinary job and Police Officers are no ordinary people. We live a secure life and enjoy our freedoms because of some great human beings who serve and protect us. There is no higher calling than that of a Police Officer’s job. Lets hear the heart warming true feelings of a Police Officer, first hand. This is what he wrote to me,

“Thank you very much for this page. I was a New York City Cop and Sergeant, retired after 20 years.The emotional toll, the stress on the family, the stress you put away, never pay attention to. How your adrenaline and heart start beating when the radio crackles of a man with a gun. You respond as always, running to the danger, never thinking about how it is against every human emotion to head that way, to the trouble, but it’s what you do, who you are. I can honestly say, in the last year’s of my career, I was going to back up every other cop that was going, and they were backing me. It has taken a tremendous toll on my body, but especially my mind, there are things I can never unseen. 20 years later, they still come to mind, the place, the smell, who was next to me. A police officer is all there is in society to keep any concept of order. We go to every job you can possibly imagine. Before the ambulance, before social services, we go to child abuse calls, and have to make a decision that will save a child, or destroy a family, mess up, if something happens to the child, you have to answer to the man. And you eternally answer to yourself. Have the child removed, and thrown into a maze of courts, foster care, another broken system with regular people just trying to make the best decisions they can. Finding the elderly  abandoned by children or any family, only noticed when the smell coming out of there apartment creeps into the hall and is too much for the neighbors to stand, so they call 911 and we come. We always come. It is a sworn duty I took years ago, when really only a boy, not yet a man. I raised my right hand and swore to my God I would do this. I felt blessed to be a part of this, the front lines of the streets. To stand with men I could never, in my wildest dreams, be as brave or as tough, or as the street counselors these men were. Could take care of any and all possible situations without handcuffs, a degree, or use of a night stick. Handle family disputes where everyone thinks they won, and No one got locked up. Convince a half drunk lunatic that it’s his best interest to go to his brother’s house tonight. Let things at home go until tomorrow, when clearer heads would prevail. And he never called a Sergeant to the scene. It is his job. He handles it where it goes. Smooth, or a full out brawl with the neighborhood. He knows as does everyone else involved, that if he calls for help, there will be cops coming from every direction to his aid. And they would. Not be in a talking mood when they show up. So anyone with any sense got lost. And the fools who wanted to fight the cop or 2 had a world of hurt coming upon them. It was not a job for the meek. They would quickly find positions inside to avoid the street. They had weekends off, and most holidays. The guys on patrol carried the burden, they still do.They always have. I met some of the kindest people I would ever have the wonderful opportunity to know. I saw a cop give a runaway his last 5 bucks to get a sandwich at the bus station waiting for the bus home. He didn’t have money for lunch the next day. Just wasn’t in the budget.We went to work, getting in the next day, he said he wasn’t hungry. I accused him of giving today’s meal money to the runaway the night before. He didn’t say anything, just looked at me, as to say “shut up, it’s none of your business.” I said ,”You did, you gave that girl,who is probably already run away again your meal money.” He just stared at me. I said, “you know, you’re an asshole, so let me buy you dinner tonight.” He began to refuse so I said” hey, kev, I’m buying you dinner tonight, what do you want?.I don’t give a shit if you eat it,but I’m going to buy you dinner. He said,”ok, how about Chinese?” great…It was a crazy job. Nothing else like it in the world. It was points of laughter with the crew, then shear insanity, the next thing you would never believe. Having kitchen appliances thrown off roof tops to crush your skull. Punks spit on the floor as they cross the street in front of your police car, all the while looking right at you. Some of those guys were taught a lesson. Had to keep them from stepping over that line. I think I had to have a talk with a few of them so they could see the folly of their ways. No, it wasn’t pretty, not nice. But it was clear and understood  No video in everyone hand then. Just two men setting some preunderstood bounderies that we had both respected. Next time, it didn’t happen,to any cop. Not so politically correct nowadays. The world was different. If I had to do it all over, with the heart ache of a friend dying in the street responding to a robbery to help someone he didn’t know leaving a widow, a 1 and 2 year old children without a father. The hate and vile that people I had sworn to protect would spew at you every chance. Working weekends, holidays, birthdays. It became such a routine that even now, retired for many years, holidays have no meaning, weekend, birthdays, just the same as every other day. My wife asking me to just pretend it’s important, for me. As a damaged ex cop, haunted, suspicious, over-protective. Maybe just a little bit crazy, just a little bit. I would do it again in a heart beat. It, to me, is truly the greatest job in the world. There is nothing else I could have done. I have stood with awesome men and women who showed me the way, how to stay alive, bravery that I could only wish I had. They had done it all. Being part of that, a member of these increadable people, was a gift from God. I still thank Him for the job. There is, I believe, no higher calling. I believe every real street cop has ended up in uniform by divine Intervention. Thank you for letting me be a part of the chosen few, thank you for blessing me with the position of police officer. There is no higher calling.”

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Address Of Commandant K-9 Police Academy Godfrey G. S Conan Doyle About Modernizing The Caninies As An Effective Force where the success hinges on the position of the tail.

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Commandant K-9 Police Academy Godfrey G. S Conan Doyle 

“Extreme physical fitness and acrobatic capabilities of the modern criminal has forced the canine commanders to develop an acclectic team approach where the German Shepherd will provide the Strength and greyhound the speed to catch the criminal. In this approach greyhound will have to remember two things, not to outrun the criminal but to catch him and second and most crucial thing is that greyhound has to keep its tail up and not between the legs so that the German Shepherd following it knows that they are in pursuit and not in retreat. In a nutshell, success depends upon the position of the greyhound’s tail. On few occasions it has been reported when German Shepherd saw a greyhound in pursuit with tail between the legs, he took it as a sign of retreat, made a quick u-turn and took off-of course with tail between the legs. “

GERMAN SHEPHERD FOR STRENGTH

GREYHOUND FOR SPEED

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US Customs And Border Protection Police Officer: Epitome Of Courage And Bravery

 

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Trying to understand

My prayer for every Police officer.

“If the divine powers take note of the dutiful in any way,

If there is any justice anywhere,

and a mind recognizing in itself what is right,

May the gods bring you your earned rewards”.

(Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, 1.603)

This poem has been written “In memory of fallen officers everywhere”

by: Daniel T. Dunbar

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TRYING TO UNDERSTAND

 “Is daddy coming home soon?” asks a precious little face.

“It’s past when he should be here.

Is he working on a case?”

Your dad’s not coming home son.

He’s working late tonight.

He’s a policeman up in heaven, making sure we’re all alright.

“But mommy, why’d he leave us?

I miss him when he’s gone.”

I know you miss him darling, but now we must be strong.

“Who’s gonna teach me baseball, and help me fly my kite.

And help me with my homework,

and buy me my first bike?”

Your daddy loved you darling, and he didn’t want to leave.

But a bad man took, your daddy, and left us all to grieve.

Be proud of who your dad was,

and how he earned his pay.

Because it’s people like your daddy

that keep us safe each day.

“Mommy, when I get bigger, and if it’s okay with you,

I’m gonna be like daddy, and be a policeman too.”

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Happy Independence Day Everyone.

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We must honor and respect those who protect us

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Lets respect and love those who provide security for us

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We must honor and respect those who fight for our freedom

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Happy Canada Day Everyone. Let the celebration begin.

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RCMP Officer celebrating Canada Day

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My Stats Are Booming. Thanks To Everyone.

 

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“Your blog, Samina’s Forum for police support, appears to be getting more traffic than usual! 33 hourly views – 1 hourly views on average
A spike in your stats”

I got this message from WordPress just now. It makes me very happy. Thank you so much my blogger friends and other friends for such encouragement. Samina

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Some of the best people I’ve ever run across in my policing experience: heroin addicts,” Paulson says.

 

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

As a great teacher would talk to the students, our Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson talks to the people of Canada through the media to teach us the most valuable life’s lessons that he has learnt during his policing career. In an interview with the media he told a journalist that when he was in Vancouver, he used to take his children through the Downtown Eastside – to show them what life as an addict was like.

“The people that use drugs are not the people we got to be bothering, right? We’ve got to be sort of helping them. Some of the best people I’ve ever run across in my policing experience: heroin addicts,” Paulson says.

“They’re sick. And you know they do crime, it’s sort of subsidiary, that if they’re doing crime it’s because they need to get heroin. And so they’re doing all sorts of property crime. But when you actually sit down and talk to heroin addicts, they’re really nice people.”

What a valuable life lesson our Teacher Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson teaches us here. We must be kind to people who are already suffering and do not ignore them or look down on them as they could be some of the  best people in our society who have become victims of addiction.

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“Justice”

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Police Officer Protects Baby

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I closed them gently those eyes of blue
and wept inside, for her years so few.
The call came thru as domestic dispute
the father came thru as one of ill repute
Such a little child , so fair of face
an innocent victim of an unfair fate.

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Police Officer With A child

As her father was cuffed and put away
I grimly drew a line where she lay.
Where were her angels ? Where was the law ?
A life was stolen without just cause.
I questioned my job , my purpose in life, that night I wept over sleeping babies and wife.
And under a sky
as blue as her eyes
I swore to my God to stand by her side.
A Mother was weeping over an angel gone to sleep
While her father walked once more the streets.
I stalked him Like a hunter gone after prey

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I never forgot him day after day.
A year has gone by and my day has come
To find if my work will be undone.
My heart is lighter as I placed a red rose
I think she’s smiling beside God’s throne.
I’ve said Goodbye , my heart is at rest,
I’ve done my job as I do best.
Goodby little angel ’til next we meet
When God calls us from that final sleep.

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s Quote on higher standard of RCMP officers

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

Ingenuity and wisdom is required in understanding the complexity of Police Work. Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson’s  remarks touch on a number of areas, including harassment within the force.

He says, ” there is an expectation in any police department that officers will be held to a higher standard than the average citizen, and that’s reasonable. But doing that in a rapidly changing society where notions of fairness and justice have to be respected can be a challenge”.

The commissioner also says, “the stress, hours and collegiality in law enforcement, as well as the nature of the work, can leave it a ripe area for behaviours that are less than professional. Nonetheless,  the force is making progress when it comes to harassment, including enhancement of its harassment-management policy”.

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Address Of Canine Commandant Gary. D. K. Holly about the global effort in using ancient techniques in catching Modern Criminals

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Commandant Gary. D. K. Holly, canine school of advanced psychiatry and transcendental meditation, est 1893

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Chief Instructor Oscar P. Dicken Doo, born during cold December, on the Northern slope of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised on the footpath of Mombassa.

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Senior Instructor Jhonny. D. Simm, Simm, born during summer months on the Southern foothills of Himalayas and raised on the sunny beaches of Lake Key Key Yo Yo.

“We want our canines to chase criminals with a positive attitude  not with anger, but with patience. For this purpose two canine yogi’s, Oscar. P. Dicken Doo, and Jhonny. D. Simm. Simm, have arrived to our academy to give out a workshop. Briefly this approach requires the release of negative energy before the chase of the criminal is pursued. The Proven method is to lower the left ear and raise the right leg for 30 seconds, then lower the right ear and raise the left leg for 45 seconds. This is followed by rotating the tail like a pendulum, once clockwise and twice anti-clockwise then holding the tail at nine o’ clock position. Take a deep breath followed by a long, loud bark and you’re ready to go. Anywhere this method has been applied arrests of the criminals have been 100% and public relations is at the optimum. When asked under oath, even the seasoned criminals confessed, being arrested by this procedure was a positive and a pleasant experience.”

Participants of the workshop came from all Continents of the World.

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Our Leaders, Our Protectors, Our Saviors-Police Officers.

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Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

“I have seen the king with a face of glory,

He who is the eye and the sun of heaven,

He who is the companion and healer of all beings,

He who is the soul and the universe that births souls”.

(Rumi)

Leaders are born with a charisma that can be perfected through instruction, coaching, diligent hard work and perseverance. Leaders stand out because of their own exclusive élan making worthy use of their talents, and evolving as adept emissaries of any establishment.

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Only a handful among us can be leaders. Most exist in the business world, military services and law enforcement. Leaders prove their distinction in the real world of success and failure–life and death. Leadership is a special quality that is not hereditary nor something you can acquire by virtue of promotion or designation.

A leader is much more than only just somebody with power. Wide-ranging qualities come to light and refer to a leader being something of a nonconformist, someone who takes bold risks, an innovative person. He is not fearful to embark into a novel arena. Such a leader is audacious and a visionary who strikes an exceptional timbre within his supporters.

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Great leaders in law enforcement care for their workforce. Police officers view those leaders as their true leaders who are selfless and caring. They look towards and turn towards those leaders who really care about them. Law enforcement leadership does not obey a rigid description.

Leadership in law enforcement is survived by those who feel the Calling. Not every leader feels the calling and not everyone answers, in reality very few rise to the challenge.

In today’s world of myths, thrill and symbolism, influenced by the mass media, political figures and mass marketing, true leaders face enormous challenges.

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The essence of a leader is shaped both by physical and mental personae, astuteness, ability and disposition.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

(Douglas Mac Arthur.)

Leaders possess a candid magnanimity for the people they lead. A sense of resoluteness encompasses their thinking, empowering them to get things done. Despite impediments, leaders mostly triumph against the odds.

Leaders are gifted with wisdom and sharp sense of perception to endure what comes with pride and humbleness.

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They intuitively discern when to wage war and when to reconcile. They know that ethical and honorable procedures are the essence of headship. Hence their sense of duty makes them prefer excellence over mundane and substance over symbolism.

Leaders prefer to stand alone when others take off for their protection, and they stay put when the going gets tough, since they know that this is their test of competence and reliability.

Great leaders have dynamic disposition, a hue of magnetism that makes them unique. They can be spotted in a room full of people solely by their presence, something about them stands out. The innermost forte of their leadership flair arises from their persona. A leader is on a mission, and we can see it.

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Leadership is the pinnacle of societal association, and leaders instinctively are aware of this fact. Although these majestic elevations frighten some, leaders do not mind the high altitude of social intricacy. They stand tall amidst the glories of their successes and look upwards where sky is no limit for them, working and producing at various levels. As time goes by the great leader comprehends the significance of individuals over procedures.

There comes a phase in the life of the leader when he/she becomes less uneasy with position, honor or drive. Deep concern for others and the Inner Calling takes precedent over egoistic instincts.

“ Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others’ faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.” (Rumi)

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“Beyond What You See”

Those who serve and Protect us day and night,  also need our appreciation and prayers. We take this great service by our protectors for granted and sometimes forget the fact that they need our support and love and care as much as any other human being. This wonderful poem reminds us how thankful we must feel for all the great services by our great Police Officers. They make our world not only safe and secure for us but also make our lives easier to live as they play a major role in making this world a better place for us all to live and enjoy. A gesture of recognition, a nod of appreciation now and then will only make us feel better. Lets show them that we care and respect them and are thankful from the bottom of our hearts for their selfless service and care for us. May God bless and protect  our  Protectors. Amin.c4401072c42b82c24793b5b49bb26f35

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Happy New Year 2016

All the good wishes and prayers for the safety and security of our most unsafe saviors-our protectors, our police officers.

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My blogger friends here is a  heart warming story of recovery of a Police Officer released from hospital on the eve of New Year 2016, after being a victim of shooting at a regular traffic stop. Lets appreciate the role our saviors play to protect us while putting their lives on line for us. May God protect them and keep them safe for us. Amen. Samina

Officer Lopez: ‘Grateful, Honored’ To Be Alive After Shooting
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DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Police Officer Tony Lopez Jr. got to go home on New Year’s Eve after he barely survived a shooting earlier this month.

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“I’m in a lot of pain but also I have a lot of support and love especially from my fellow coppers,” said Lopez.

Lopez appeared in a wheelchair with his wife and surgeon by his side. He and his wife are expecting their first child next year.
“My wife’s pregnant and that’s all I could think about, making sure I stayed awake so I can meet my baby,” said Lopez.

The officer left Denver Health Medical Center on Thursday afternoon where he has been recovering since Dec. 8 when a suspect shot him multiple times.

Lopez was shot during a traffic stop near Federal Boulevard and Clyde Place when the suspect carjacked a vehicle in an attempt to get away. Jason Wood, was arrested after a short chase following the shooting and another person of interest, Melinda Espinoza, turned herself into police. Wood has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.
“I’m very grateful and I’m very honored,” said Lopez of his recovery.

Doctors have said Lopez was as close to death as you can get after he was shot several times in the legs, arm and bulletproof vest. Doctors said he lost nearly all his blood and credit paramedics on scene with saving his life.

“I just wanted to say I’m grateful for everybody and every person who got me here and all the other officers who responded to the scene and paramedics,” said Lopez.

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Lopez talked about the paramedics first on scene, Courtney Strong and Dustin Morgan. They were honored on Wednesday by Denver Chief of Police Robert White.

“Especially Courtney, I remember her talking to me in the back of the ambulance and my partner talking to me in the back of the ambulance, telling me to hang on,” said Lopez.

Denver Police Chief Robert White honored paramedics Courtney Strong and Dustin Morgan for saving the life of Officer Tony Lopez Jr. (credit: CBS)

Lopez said he’s looking forward to ringing in 2016 with his wife at home.

You take a lot of things for granted,” said Lopez. “I’m excited to be home and spend it with my wife and family.”

Although grateful, Lopez has a lot of work to do before his first born arrives.
“Right now my left foot doesn’t really work, I’m waiting for the nerves to come back and once that happens I’ll be able to start walking and get closer to putting my uniform on,” said Lopez.

“I need this to come on quick because I want to walk my baby out of the hospital.”

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“Four people were in the car and only one survived,” Cst. Donnie Robertson – New Brunswick

Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. RCMP officers are often the first on the scene at motor vehicle crashes and see how tragic the decision to drink and driving really is. They also see the hurt families experience when they’ve learned that a loved one has died.

RCMP officers from Atlantic Canada recall the crashes that have had an impact on them and also on the people and communities involved. These stories are personal accounts of what happened. The memories of these fatal crashes stay with the police officers, it’s the reality of what happens when a person drinks and drives.

Driving drunk is a choice. These officers hope that by sharing their stories a life or lives can be saved.

Cst. Donnie Robertson – New Brunswick

“In policing we are trained to expect the unexpected, to always be alert and to always be aware of our surroundings. The importance of this training hit home in an unexpected way in the early years of my first RCMP posting.

It was a November night and considering the time of year it was a nice evening. No snow had fallen yet and I was dispatched to a single vehicle crash. When I arrived, I found a smashed up car on its wheels. Hanging out the rear passenger window was a young man. He was alive when first responders arrived but unfortunately they were unable to save him.
As a police officer, it was my role to investigate the cause of the crash. While assessing the situation with another officer, we heard a long drawn out moan. It sounded like it was coming from the woods next to the road. We all pointed our flashlights towards the trees.

As I walked a few feet into the woods, I saw a young man on his hands and knees who was obviously seriously injured. I called out for help saying I found someone and as I said that, I stumbled, much to my surprise, over another body on the ground. It was another young man but he didn’t move. He was not breathing; he had already passed away. As I got up, the beam of my flashlight shines on another person, just a few feet away from me. This young man had also died as the result of his injuries. The reality of this crash immediately sinks in; four people were in the car but only one survived. The survivor remained in a coma for several days, but had no memory of the crash.

The collision reconstructionist determined that the car missed a turn, went off the road and struck a culvert. The vehicle flew about 200 feet (60 metres) through the air. None of the four occupants wore seatbelts and three of them were thrown about 100 feet (30 metres) from the vehicle into the nearby woods where only one survived. The investigation later determined that all four men had blood alcohol content levels above the legal limit.

This crash caused great heartache to the small rural communities where these men, all in their 20s, lived and further caused the friends and families of the victims to ask many questions about how something like this could happen.

In my 15 years as an RCMP officer I have responded to many impaired driving incidents. Each one is terrible in its own way but what each one has in common is that none of them had to happen. It all comes down to choices and choosing not to drink and drive.”

(the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.)

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Montgomery County Officer Praised for Saving Baby’s Life

A Montgomery County officer performed CPR on a 9-month-old baby girl on the side of Interstate 270 Sunday afternoon, ultimately saving her life.

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“As a mom, she knew something was wrong,” Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick

Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. RCMP officers are often the first on the scene at motor vehicle crashes and see how tragic the decision to drink and driving really is. They also see the hurt families experience when they’ve learned that a loved one has died.

RCMP officers from Atlantic Canada recall the crashes that have had an impact on them and also on the people and communities involved. These stories are personal accounts of what happened. The memories of these fatal crashes stay with the police officers, it’s the reality of what happens when a person drinks and drives.

Driving drunk is a choice. These officers hope that by sharing their stories a life or lives can be saved.

Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick
Sgt. André Pepin holding a whiteboard: “As a mom, she knew something was wrong.”
“As a mom, she knew something was wrong”

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Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick

As a qualified breathalyzer technician for 23 years, I have had many encounters with individuals who were impaired. It’s common to hear them tell me, “I’ve only had a couple of drinks officer,” as I prepare to take a breath sample in order to determine their level of impairment. The breath test often indicated they should not have been driving; that they should have made a better choice or someone they knew didn’t stop them from getting behind the wheel.

I’ll never forget the night that I wished I had heard those words from one young man. It would have meant I stopped him from driving and that he was no longer behind the wheel of his car. Why? Because I ended up meeting him by way of a 9-1-1 call. I was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on a rural two lane secondary road. It was a warm summer’s night and the road conditions were dry. The call came in the middle of the night; he was probably the only car on the road. This man, in his 20s, was driving home from his birthday party. He lost control of his car, it went off the road and it crashed into a culvert and died.

I wish I knew what he was thinking and why he wanted to drive. I hope he wasn’t thinking “I’ve only had a couple of drinks.” This individual lived at home with his parents; it was my job to give them the bad news. I’ll never forget the look on the mother’s face or when she asked “What happened?” as we stood at the front door of their home. As a mom, she knew something was wrong. She knew he was out celebrating his birthday and when she woke up that morning he wasn’t home. Instead, I arrived at the door.

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© Samina Iqbal. 2015

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