Another year

August 5, 1985, I walked into a life changing vocation. With only a couple of hours of sleep (due to a late ‘oh we forgot to tell you have been hired’ call and a long drive) but I made the start time.
Today, I was on the other side of the seat that I sat in for 16 weeks. I was presenting, what I hope to be,valuable information to those I work with every day.
My original thought was to be here about 3 years and then move on to another vocation. My plans quickly changed because of the people I met and the family that I created. I had no idea that I would hold a job with so many diverse people who had a common goal, to make this community a better place to live.
I was one greenhorn. Discovering experiences that no man or woman ought to experience at times. I picked up things I thought I could never touch. I have seen things that I thought I would only see in the movies. I have smelled things that no person ought to have smelled (and I still have trouble smelling that odor). I have watched mothers cry at the loss of their sons. I have watched a man’s life disappear as he sat staring at us and if we did something, we would have been the reason for his demise as opposed to his ending act.
I have watched life disappear in an instant, I have told people how that happened. I have been there when a life entered the world before the parents could get to the hospital (that kid just didn’t want to wait).
I have been there when personal friends have had tragic things happen. I have been there when personal friends have had something wonderful happen. I have been apart of many peoples lives who I have left an impression (good and bad).
People ask, “Do you like your job?” I can say that I have always loved my job, even when people we deal with are not the brightest crayons in the box. 
I can say that the reason why I like my job is because of the people that I work with. So many of them will give you their shirt (or money) if you needed it, no questions asked. When they say they have your back, they mean, they have it! 
I have worked with a supervisor who once again is my boss. He has taught me many things over the years. One of the major things he taught was dedication to the community and to one another. I can’t thank him enough for not only being my sergeant, but now the boss. Another one in the corner office was willing to help me along and made a great impression on me. I have been inspired by another one in the corner office who was present, dedicated and although wasn’t happy with me at times, and still disagrees with me often, but I respect him 100% (kinda good that he is retired now, but he has a great CEO job). It is that leadership that has inspired me and makes me want to perform to the best of my ability every single day.
The people I have worked with have made me laugh. We have cried together. We have stood in hospital rooms together. We have stood over many graves to honor a brother or sister.
The people I have worked with have stood with me in amazement at how many of these events we experienced unfolded. You would think that we are making it all up, but we did see it, we did experience it, we….SURVIVED IT.
People always ask on anniversary dates, “Would you do it all over again?” I might, but it definitely would be done with a slight twist.
I see news reports about my profession and wonder if they really know and understand what it takes to do what we do. They criticize ever act we perform, yet they are so ignorant of the major questions they should be asking (What, When, Where, Why and How). As a result, their ignorance leads other people to learn a story rather than the truth. Mostly driven because they want to be the first to report rather than having an accurate story (as my father has taught me my entire life, and still teaches me today).
And as I sit and reflect on my 32 years, I learned that my youngest child begins a new venture at the University of Tulsa. I learned that on my vocational anniversary date, what an awesome thing.
I am proud of the young ladies in my life. Four are mine and another one has learned to give me a hard time. I have had many more children who call me Dad, and I am totally honored by their love. Everyone of them, biological or not are wonderful and bring me great joy. Now though I am getting to the age that some of them are calling me Great Papa as they have their own children. I am truly blessed by everyone of them.
As I sat in reflection, some really close friends (who are co-workers) entertained me with their wit and wisdom. No one really understands our bond or our humor. These are the types of friends that you would help in an instant no matter what time it is.
Because of all this, if you see me and say, “It’s good to see you.” You will always get a response, “It’s good to be seen!”
I have viewed enough in my life and with the current light of media attention and misdirection, I am not happy when I view those who do what I do. You may or may not understand that, that is okay.  
But know this….the people who protect the sheep, do it not for their own glory, but for another higher reason. They stand in the darkness when others are scared to do so….They run to the problem, when others are afraid to….They make a difference daily, though you may never see it……Some will tell you that they did something special…..many more will shrug their shoulders and say its really nothing (when they know it is really big) and push the media away to avoid a spotlight…..
On both side of the radio, there are dedicated people who create an atmosphere of tranquility that many don’t see. It is, those on each side of the radio that have given me a reason to be seasoned, grumpy, refreshed, loved, liked, hated and admired by the unknowing……but truly dedicated to what we all (as a collective group) do at keeping the peace.
God Bless and thank you for the time you have given me, the friendships we hold on the thin blue line, the thin red line, the thin gold line, the thin white line, the thin green line, the thin silver line.

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HOLY WEEK

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) and the beginning of Holy Week.  A time of special services leading up to Easter. These services have been in many churches since the 3rd Century. Our journey through Lent and the special devotions we gave during this time leads us to an understanding of Jesus’ temptations, those temptations that get us everyday.

This re-enactment brings us to understand that Jesus was entering the town of Jerusalem.  Palms were laid down as he entered the town, showing respect to the Messiah as he entered the town.

This journey is leading Jesus to the cross.  As we gather as a community we will read the passion story.  Participating in this service and the remaining services this next week, you can gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and gifts He granted to us.

Gather and celebrate with love.

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Funny Things Celebrities say….

Frank Zappa  once said, “Some scientist claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe.  I dispute that.  I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.”

I just might have to agree with his statement.  Stupidity is free and prevalent.  There seems to be more people that have stupidity than I have ever realized.  It does not take one long to find stupidity.

Think about it, when did you see a person committing an act of stupidity?

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Encouragement & Support

This weekend was the annual Quarter Marathon in Tulsa. This shouldn’t be a surprise, Tulsa has become a friendly foot race place. I have the wonderful opportunity to work a few of these races each year. I break out my smile, my cowbell and my book of funny comments. 

I always enjoy the interaction that I have with many of the runners. In spite of their pain, many find the ability to talk and smile and return a sharp funny comment where we both can laugh. 

This race had one exception. I heard so many runners say, “Thank you for being here and making sure we have a great race and a safe race.”  And it wasn’t just the runners. 

Normally the motoring public gets a little frustrated about all the closed roads. I only had one person loose it because they couldn’t get to work. I kept asking him to stop yelling at me and I would help him get to his job site. Although I helped him, he still was so upset. 

I have been getting so used to all the current media coverage, where they choose to show negative interactions with police. That’s all I could think of when this young man, who is the manager of a local restaurant got upset. I was expecting him to call the news station to have the TV crew arrive to record and twist the situation. So you can say all this negative media attention they want to provide is affecting officers every day.

That one negative encounter didn’t dim my day with all the other joyful but tired runners. I got to participate in my own positive day.  They walked by or they ran by wanting to either shake my hand or give me a high five. They said “thank you” or “I appreciate you being here”. It wasn’t just one, there were so many saying this, it was surprising. 

I can’t tell you how much this support means. To have someone outside of law enforcement express their appreciation is wonderful. 

So I have to thank Fleet Feet for their events in which I get to work and have fun with those who love to run. 

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Chip

I have often wondered why so many people journey in this world with a chip on their shoulder.

I wonder…..do I have a chip?

It is amazing to me what actually triggers anger and it amazes me more how they respond because they are now upset (with that anger).

The slightest thing can really get some people upset.  Don’t shake someone’s hand, they get offended.  Question something they did, and they get defensive to the point of yelling at you or complaining about your performance.

I have recently noticed that I have encountered a “chip”.  I guess I should capitalize “Chip” but I seem to find it so ridiculous on what they are complaining about that the capitalization is not important (Names should be capitalized, shouldn’t they?).

My friend and colleague would possibly correct my grammar and the use of formal names.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you have an issue it should be heard.  But if the issue appears to be on the ridiculous side, don’t expect sympathy or even understanding.

Oh, and when someone points out you are committing an illegal act, an act in which you are complaining about, you probably should get your house in order before you complain.

Simple advice?

I have recently re-read a phrase, “You can just get happy in the same patties you got all up in a wad in.”  Straighten them out, look at what you have done, or are doing and make sure you are right with yourself before you complain about others.

I guess the phrase, “Can’t say anything nice, be silent” should be a constant in one’s life.

Maybe Pharrell Williams’  song, Happy” should be the song you start your day with song.

“Happy”  by Songwriter: WILLIAMS, PHARRELL L.

Published by: Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING

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Minus Noble Qualities

“WE must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities….still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

Charles Darwin

I ran into this quote today and it just happened to make me laugh for a few minutes.  It was a nice distraction of the day.  Humor is the best medicine.

When I read the part of the lowly origin, all I could think about is responding to a call.  This call just happened to be at a cosmetology college.  I have to admit that this is not the first of its kind, in fact one can often hear the statement, “This ain’t my first rodeo.”

Even going to school to improve oneself, it still boils down to the lowly origin.  I wonder if it is just the cosmetology school or the people who attend the cosmetology school. No matter which, the fact of the matter is that when people of lowly origin want to solve a dating problem, it usually involves more family members, a fight, some negative and colorful language and someone to witness the immediate flight of one portion of the problem.

School administrators were surprised to hear a statement of mine.  I made the statement that those in the cosmetology field seem to settle their differences in such a manner, that this does not surprise me at all.  The Dean asked if I had experienced this before.  That is where the “this ain’t my first rodeo” quote came into play.

When she asked me what had happened, I responded, boy meets girl.  Boy and girl get mad at each other. Girl says some things about the boy. The boy says some things about the girl.  The boy gets mad and wants to find a girl to beat up his ex-girl.  Boy solicits sister and the task is accomplished.  Nothing like car loads of family coming to settle a boy girl relationship.

It is even better when the sisters beauty chair is right next to the ex-girl friends chair.  After all the punches make their connection, the last connection is the letter from the school.  Dear students, your outta here!

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It’s Not the Weather, It’s the Drivers

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As you can tell from this photo, winter weather driving has more to do with the people who fail, more than it does the weather.

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