POLICE AS HEROES AND FRIENDS Giving credit where it’s due Summary of Links on this Page: https://www.9news.com/article/news/investigations/dramatic-video-of-pueblo-officer-talking-down-suicidal-veteran/73- c6c1a5c6-026f-4a11-8394-c9bd357b23e3 https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/mexico-police-officer-saves-choking-baby-69116764 http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/03/health/beyond-the-call-huff/index.html?eref=rss_health https://gazette.com/news/colorado-springs-officer-saves-woman-s-life-with-cpr/article_87618e49-ab38-510e-bbd0- cee4cedaa707.html http://www.live5news.com/story/32133211/president-awards-medal-of-valor-to-heroic-police-officer https://www.krqe.com/news/state-police-officer-saves-mans-life-with-tourniquet/ http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/category/police-officerhero/ https://www.newsweek.com/new-mexico-police-officer-herrera-baby-choking-1488245 https://www.policeone.com/police-heroes/links/ https://www.policeone.com/police-jobs-and-careers/articles/445839006-9-steps-to-keeping-your-cop-ethics-in-check/ https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/officer-saves-man-who-crashed-into-fence-then-realizes-connection/430952204  Police Make a Difference - Not Always Respected or Appreciated How are police often heroes and when do they do nice things?  How many times do nice things happen with little or no recognition?  In addition, how often are police themselves victims just for doing their jobs, as in the line of duty or being in the wrong place at the wrong time?  How many are targets of hate crimes or retaliation?  How many people treat them with contempt just for being officers?  Not avoiding or ignoring systems-wide police problems with a possible top-down conspiracy, we need to balance out the cons with the very real pros. Profession, Not Just Job; In for a Meaning-Derived Long Haul One reason some cops seem to find higher ground than other ones seems to be the commitment to their jobs as careers.  They want to professionalize within the profession.  That means they are in for the long haul with an eye on bettering themselves through formal education as well as being mindful about making meaningful connections between their on-the-job experiences and higher level assessments.  Another is that the cops have probably made a connection to a more profound power that connects all of us - call it God, the Tao, a unifying presence, or anything that links to a higher order of meaning.  They are not just in it for themselves, but are trying to make a difference, even if it in small ways here and there.  One other attribute of those who are making a higher level link to their work is recognizing the value of inner power.  This makes them less likely to swim with the tide, to be tossed around by people or events.  There is a core-sustaining element to their being and approach. A further attribute can be making the link of basic dignity between self, career and others. Seeing the need to treat all humans with dignity and respect - including their own selves and families - but realizing many people have habituated themselves to a rougher set of expectations.  These can show up in how they speak and handle one another.  So there is a feeling that develops about respecting the human condition, even in its ugliest expressions - by maintaining one’s own ground in the face of such harshness.   It’s the idea that any of us can take wrong steps, go off on a tangent: It can happen to me, it could happen to you.  As a professional, then, there is the idea of not allowing the public or any departmental depravity to become a way of life.  Again, that idea of holding one’s ground through thick and thin.  When you have self-respect, expect more for yourself, you will do better at keeping up those boundaries and holding onto your inner compass.  Perhaps one way to do this is to chisel things down to the essentials, to keep it simple.  There are a few simple key points about who you are and what you are about, and how you go about it.  Also the idea that life can be hard, but it’s harder when humans are cruel to one another, thus making it even harder.  Inherent in this feeling is that if we back off, slow down a little, what what we say and do, we quit pounding on each other.  When we can make that connection that we, too, deserve love, truth, fair play, kindness, common courtesy, we can also expect that for others, as well. Respect for Self is a key ingredient behind expecting and providing it for others, when it is coupled with common sense, integrity and empathy.    Discusson on Police Ethics Police One: 2017/10/3   9 steps to keeping your cop ethics in check.  By Kevin Earl, P1 Contributor https://www.policeone.com/police-jobs-and-careers/articles/445839006-9-steps-to-keeping-your-cop-ethics-in-check/ Excerpt: We often read about police officers who destroy their careers through ethical lapses that make us ask, “What the hell were they thinking?” The answer is they were not thinking with an ethical survival mindset. Going home safely to our families and loved ones is the priority for all law enforcement personnel, and the need for officer survival training is clear. However, are we preparing ourselves on a daily basis for ethical survival? If complacency can kill us physically, what role does ethical complacency play in ending careers? These are the questions that only you – the officer – can answer. WHAT IS ETHICAL SURVIVAL? Developing an ethical survival mindset has the potential to save your reputation, your career and your life. (Photo/Pixabay) Developing an ethical survival mindset has the potential to save your reputation, your career and your life. (Photo/Pixabay) RELATED ARTICLES Ethics in leadership: Applying Aristotle in police work Ethical dilemmas cops face daily Situational ethics and the moral chaos of modern policing Survival is defined as continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal or difficult circumstance. An officer survival mindset focuses on a cop’s physical and mental safety and survival. This mindset is built through training, field experience and personal practice. Ethical survival takes a different approach from officer survival, as it is aimed at saving an officer’s career. Ethical survival focuses on personal accountability, a conscious recognition of potential ethical challenges, and the development of personal ethical strengths required to overcome the adverse and unusual ethical dilemmas police officers encounter. This definition is predicated on an acceptance that officers are fallible and, over time, can become https://www.policeone.com/police-jobs-and-careers/articles/445839006-9-steps-to-keeping-your-cop-ethics-in-check/  Example of KOD - Killed in Line of Duty Three officers killed in line of duty - Pittsburg https://www.policeone.com/police-heroes/links/ http://newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/category/police-officerhero/ Huff Medal of Honor from Obama saving two year old held hostage in grocery store Excerpt:  OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (CNN) - Oklahoma police officer Maj. David Huff was recently honored with the Medal of Valor by President Barack Obama after saving a young girl's life three years ago.  Zoe Keating, then only 2 years old, was held hostage at knife point inside an Oklahoma grocery store. Keating's assailant began counting down from 60 and said that he would kill her if he reached zero.  Huff explained how he was able to use his negotiation skills with the suspect to end the situation and save Keating's life.  "He was in this manic state where he was basically just blurting out statements," Huff said. "I say, 'Look Sammy, she's not scared of you.'" http://www.live5news.com/story/32133211/president-awards-medal-of-valor-to-heroic-police-officer http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/03/health/beyond-the-call-huff/index.html?eref=rss_health Valor rewarded Dubois situation.  Male rookie Dubois saves female partner Hill’s life during a razor blade attack by a woman. Excerpt: "I could see her hand in his face. Blood was shooting out everywhere," Hill recalled. "She was determined that she was going to get me. She got right up in my face...she was inches away from me and he jumped in front of me. She starting gouging him. It was crazy....Everything happened so fast." http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/25/acts-courage-ordinary-extraordinary-michigan/24025003/ http://www.newbernsj.com/news/20160601/valor-rewarded Excerpt from Kardasz.org by Kevin Caruso (Ethics Training for Law Enforcement): Kindness, Bravery and Courage.  Law enforcement officers are sometimes criticized and ridiculed for their misdeeds. They seldom receive sufficient praise for their meritorious work. Most officers act in accordance with their code of ethics at all times. Much is made of their misdeeds, and little is made of their exemplary service.  This page chronicles law enforcement acts of kindness, bravery and courage.  One of the stories talks about no rounds fired, no ammunition used during an altercation between officeres and a man who pulled a gun on them: “Officers Agati and Hozempa followed him through the house and then outside to the driveway. It was there that Dixon turned around and pointed a loaded shotgun toward Officer Agati. Officer Hozempa then charged at Dixon, who then pointed the gun at him. Officer Hozempa grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and then both officers wrestled him to the ground and subdued him. “My training took over,” Officer Hozempa said. “Everything happened in an instant.” “Because of their actions, these two officers are still alive and so is Mr. Dixon,” said Chief Korutz. Dixon had several shotguns, rifles, and knives in the house, as well as over 45,000 rounds of ammunition.  What could have been a horrible tragedy, with several deaths, ended up as an incident in which no rounds were fired and no one was injured.” http://www.kardasz.org/kindness.html Retrieved 06/08/2016 Colorado 9 News 2017/04/13   Officer saves man who crashed into a fence.  By Jessica Oh. https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/officer-saves-man-who-crashed-into-fence-then-realizes-connection/430952204  Excerpt: FORT LUPTON - A former Adams County deputy is recovering in a northern Colorado hospital after crashing into a fence. Former Deputy John Bailey, who was driving a white van, crossed a lawn and crashed into a fence on 1st Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Fort Lupton on Tuesday, Fort Lupton officials said. By the time Officer Paul Grossman arrived, Bailey was unconscious so he bashed a window because the doors were locked, he said.A Fort Lupton police officer saved a man, then realized the connection he shared with him. Officer Grossman saw Bailey turn blue and said he still wasn't breathing. He notified dispatch he needed to perform CPR, a move paramedics say likely ended up saving Bailey's life.  No one knew Bailey was a former brother in blue until he was at the hospital, Officer Grossman said. It was even more touching to learn he helped saved a fellow law enforcement official.Bailey was airlifted to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. The hospital has not released his condition but officers say they hear he is steadily recovering.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation. https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/officer-saves-man-who-crashed-into-fence-then-realizes-connection/430952204  Gazette (2014/12/23) Colorado Springs officer saves woman's life with CPR.  By Lisa Walton. https://gazette.com/news/colorado-springs-officer-saves-woman-s-life-with-cpr/article_87618e49-ab38-510e-bbd0- cee4cedaa707.html Excerpt: For the second time in a week, a Colorado Springs police officer administered life-saving CPR to a person, according to the police department.  On Monday night, Officer Christopher Frabbiele answered a call at a Fossil Drive home in northeast Colorado Springs, where a woman who had possibly overdosed, was not breathing and had no pulse, police said. Frabbiele, the first person to arrive on scene, reported that the unresponsive 50-year-old woman was turning blue. The officer began CPR, and administered chest compressions while the woman's husband assisted with the breaths. https://gazette.com/news/colorado-springs-officer-saves-woman-s-life-with-cpr/article_87618e49-ab38-510e-bbd0- cee4cedaa707.html Colorado Suicidal in Pueblo 2018 - Officer Richard Jones Saves Life of Suicidal Veteran 9 News  Dramatic video shows Pueblo officer saving suicidal veteran  (author of video clip presentation Ferrugia, Phil Maravilla apparently published to internet 2020/01/30) During an 11-minute standoff, a Pueblo Police officer was able to talk down a man going through a mental health crisis. https://www.9news.com/article/news/investigations/dramatic-video-of-pueblo-officer-talking-down-suicidal- veteran/73-c6c1a5c6-026f-4a11-8394-c9bd357b23e3 Attached article:  This article first published on RMPBS.org/breakdown [as of 2020/05/16 that article seems to be off the internet] PUEBLO - The call crackles over Officer Richard Jones’ police radio as he is patrolling the streets of Pueblo in March 2018.  “They give me a description of a white male sitting outside the building and they think he has a handgun on him,” Jones says.  As Jones gets out of his car and walks toward the man, he sees him turn with a gun in his hand. The officer has his own gun out and leveled.  So begins an agonizing 11-minute standoff as Richard Jones, his body camera recording every second, faces an armed man in the midst of a mental health crisis. He yells at the police officer to kill him.   “He's got a thousand-yard stare,” Jones says. “He's not looking at anybody.”  Jones begins screaming at the man to drop his gun, hoping to jar him out of his mental haze. He notices the man is wearing a sweatshirt indicating he is a veteran. The officer, a crisis intervention instructor, begins using his training to find a “hook,” some way to connect. “I am a vet,” he yells. “Drop the weapon! Dude, don’t do it to another vet! Don’t do it to me.” The man responds, telling Jones he can get no help for his condition. He wants to die. “Just shoot me!” he screams. “Let me help you!” Jones pleads. “But not this way. Let me help you. I am a retired Army guy. Let me help you. Don't make me do this.” As the standoff continues, other officers arrive at the scene, taking cover behind nearby cars.  They all have weapons pointed at the man, ready to fire should he raise the handgun from his side toward Officer Jones. Suddenly the man grabs the gun with both hands, as if he is about to raise it. Jones tenses but continues to focus on trying to get through to the man in crisis. “Don't do it!” he pleads.  “Don't do it brother! Don't do it!” "Just shoot me!” the veteran screams. “No,” Jones replies. “Don't do it. hen Jones tries again to connect with his personal story. “I was in your shoes a few months ago brother,” Jones tells him in a calmer voice. “In November, I was in your shoes and I made the call. It took everything in my body... Man, I am a 6-foot-5, 300-pound paratrooper... It took everything in my world to call the VA, and to finally get the help. And I got the help, but I want to help you man... ‘cause I am tired of losing brothers and sisters... But I can't help you if you don't help me. OK?” Then the officer, who says he is a man of faith, tries a different avenue. “The Lord sent me to you here today, OK? He didn’t send one of these other guys... He sent me, as a vet, to you, to help you because I’ve been there,” Jones said. As officers watch intently, the man raises the gun from his side and ejects the magazine and then ejects a bullet from the chamber of the gun. He had been locked and loaded, ready to die. He raises his arms in surrender. While the other officers take the man into custody, Jones walks across the street where the relief is overwhelming. His camera rolls as he sobs and he realizes that he has succeeded in not having to kill a fellow veteran in crisis. When he calms himself, he goes to the man and hugs him, assuring him that he will get help. Even so, Jones says later that he was prepared from the first moment he got out of his car to shoot if he had to because public safety was at risk. But he says it is providential that he responded to the call. “I will tell you that I'm thankful I was there that day and I'm thankful I've had the experiences that I've had that brought me there that day,” he said. “Because when I think about some of my younger officers, I don't know if they, if we would've had the same outcome, honestly.” Jones says the confrontation with a person in a mental health crisis is a daily occurrence in Pueblo. “There's days that we're one after the other, after the other,” Jones said. “I mean this is normal. We deal with a lot of these cases. And we get a lot that have weapons with them.” New Mexico Officer saves life of 11 month old ABC News  -  video clip 2020/02/21  Officer saves choking baby choking on decorative star. https://abcnews.go.com/US/video/mexico-police-officer-saves-choking-baby-69116764 Newsweek 2020/02/20   NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE OFFICER PRAISED FOR HELPING SAVE BABY'S LIFE BY SIDE OF THE ROAD BY EWAN PALMER https://www.newsweek.com/new-mexico-police-officer-herrera-baby-choking-1488245 High police death rates on Navajo Reservation CNN 2017/04/14   Three Navajo cops killed on duty in under 2 years.  By Kevin Conlon and Boris Sanchez https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/14/us/beyond-the-call-of-duty-largo-navajo/index.html KRQE (2017/12/22) State Police Officer saves man’s life with tourniquette https://www.krqe.com/news/state-police-officer-saves-mans-life-with-tourniquet/ A New Mexico State Police officer is being called a hero for his quick action that saved a man’s life. Earlier this month, police say Officer Edward Garcia responded to a crash involving a pedestrian on U.S. 70 near the Mescalero reservation. He saw the man’s leg was severed just below the knee.  Working with a witness who happened to be an EMT, the two applied a tourniquet. Officers carry these at all times.  The man was transported to a hospital where he is recovering.  When asked about the incident, Officer Garcia said, “I didn’t save him; God saved him. I just provided the tourniquet.” https://www.krqe.com/news/state-police-officer-saves-mans-life-with-tourniquet/ Updates: 2020/05/16 Officer Saves life of 11 month old in New Mexico 2020/02 articles added; Section-Profession, Not Just Job; In for a Meaning-Derived Long Haul 9 News Colorado-2020/01/30 video and article added and ; 2019/12/12 9 Gazette-2014 on Officer Christopher Frabbiele News-2017 on  Officer Paul Grossman; KRQE- 2017 on Officer Edward Garcia added; 2018/12/31 added Police One on Ethics Survival 06/08/2016
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