I'm seriously overdue for a return to Police Week. (I say that every year lately), but I WILL return. While watching the video feed of the Candle Light Vigil, I was once again humbled while I heard the names of people I knew personally and others who I either know of or knew when they were murdered in the line of duty. Earlier today I saw the President at the Capitol, speaking to countless Officers and their families. It's good to know that we are finally being supported after so many years of being vilified.
And I'm especially happy, honored, humbled and grateful that the White house will be lighted in BLUE tonight. Well done. Fidelis Ad Mortem.
We have members from all over the country, including a decent number from Florida.As well as some from other countries! Now if they'd just post/check in a little more!!!! I didn't realize that Florida LEGAL disbanded but on some level I'm not 100% surprised. It's really sad but I'm pretty sure I know what planted the seeds of it's destruction/decay. Maybe they'll reconsider and reform.... who knows?....
I admit I'm kind of lazy when it comes to posting lately but we do check in and contribute, which is all we can ask of the members.
Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Gay Officers Action League by Sergeant Charles Cochrane. As he used to say, "I had a dream". He changed so many lives of law enforcement professionals by what he did. Things are so much better now that newcomers have no idea what we dealt with before GOAL came along and changed things. I'll always be indebted to Charlie for being a mentor and most of all, a good friend. Thank you Charlie.
** This is a photo of the very first Charles Cochrane Award from approximately 1984 or 1985 (or thereabouts!). I have to go back and check my notes from way back when. It was awarded to the late Dick Walters, a wonderful man and friend. Thank you Charlie, for everything.
A big welcome to our site! We always welcome new, qualified members. We've been around since 2005 but recently we've slowed down....a LOT! But we're still here! Personally, I don't post as many news items as much as I used to. The media, especially the GLBT variety has become a little too amateurish for me. Seems like the "writers" are about 15 years old, reporting from their Mom's basement! But....we're always open to new postings from members about ongoing events, situations, and the like. It may take some of us a little while to respond (especially me!) because of being busy...or just lazy (in my case!) But maybe some sparks will be ignited and we'll get off out collective butts and get this place as active as it should be again! Thanks for joining!
Now that my shopping is finally done, I can actually sit back and relax a bit! With my family, where the wi-fi blows!
And, yes, I screwed up! No Christmas Banner this year! I don't have it on my laptop's hard drive. Let's hope everyone has a good Christmas, Hanukka and everything else that people celebrate! And remember all that are working on Christmas and New Years Eve and day. And most of all, please no more LOD injuries or deaths to our own. I'm hoping the tide will finally turn for our government sanctioned war on Police. I have a feeling it will.
Dale, you sound like you have the retirement thing down pretty good so far! Spain is beautiful. I've been there twice...Madrid, Vigo and some cities on the outskirts of Madrid. I've never been to Barcelona but I've only heard great things about it. Someday...someday.... I don't have any great desire to go to France at this time. Maybe someday. But traveling is a great thing to do! I need to do it a bit more myself.... And I have no plans to ever get on a bicycle ever again! Ha ha! Bike patrol cured me of that! No more taking headers after hitting potholes, no more getting laughed at by citizens as I'm somersaulting through the air! No more bruised heads, knees, legs, arms, noses or ears for me, thank you very much!
As far as your new cooking hobby....I hope Russ has a strong stomach!!
It usually takes some time to get used to retirement. There's always the second guessing......wondering if you did the right thing.... At some point you realize....HELL YES! It's good to have things to do. Before I retired I had a calendar book every year from my union. All those years and I never used them. When I retired, it became indispensable! Always some plan or appointment to look forward to! Now I like to say, "Retirement is a full time job"! One day you'll wake up, yawn, scratch your butt and it will hit you.....LIFE IS GOOD! And on a really lousy weather day, you can look out the window, see the rain, the snow or the locusts and just say...."I'm not going anywhere"! You'll have that freedom!
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Very good of you to remember Frank's birthday today. Thanks for that. Yes, two years on and he's still missed and loved. Only Frank would see fit to check out on his birthday.
I paid a visit to his resting place on Sunday as I wouldn't be able to get there today. It's hard to put into words how much he's meant to so many people. The loss is still palpable and I know if he heard me say that, he'd pooh pooh it. But it is. He is and will always be one of the greatest people I've ever had in my life. That's right, Frank...I said GREATEST. That's YOU!
While we remember the loss today, you're right Dale. We also say, Happy Birthday, Frank!
Better late than never! The street re-naming for Sgt. Charles Cochrane took place on June 17th! It was great to see old friends and members from the old GOAL who actually knew and were friends with him! The newer members who've only heard about him were there in good numbers as well. THE NYPD did a fine job in coordinating the ceremonies and it was a nice day of respect, tribute and memories. Well deserved and overdue, it was a great and lasting tribute to one of the finest Police Officers and human beings that I've ever had the honor of knowing and calling my friend. I'm unable to properly upload my video of the event but I took a few nice photos.
Thanks, Charlie, for all you've done for all of us!
I purposely refrained from posting anything about what happened the other day. One of the main reasons was because like everyone else, I was stunned and blindsided. By now I've pretty much had more of my fill of seeing all of the stuff on social media. Of course, we stand with Orlando. How can you not? But everyone is speaking as if they're experts. People are rushing to politicize the incident. Pointing fingers in every direction. It's too much for me.
A lot of the facts are already out there. The shooter's past, his affiliations, family, ideology and everything else. The investigation is continuing and ongoing. It takes time. Let it take as much time as it needs. We've found out so much more than we knew on the day of the incident and there will be more information down the road.
It's not just some homophobic incident. I hope people aren't foolish enough to believe that it is. It looks like some people are deluding themselves. Let the facts come out.
Rather than vent on and on, I'll just say a few things that I've had on my mind since last Sunday morning. First, obviously, I grieve for all of the dead as we all do. And I feel horrible for all of the surviving victims and their families and friends. Hopefully there will not be any more fatalities. I'm still stunned at all of this. I guess I'm internalizing all of it because as of now I haven't spoken to anyone about any of this. People just went out for a good night at a dance club and about 100 were massacred, with 49 dying. What can you say?
The time it took to take the perp out was the time it took. That's how it goes. I have no problem with that. One of the responding Officers was shot to the head and by the grace of god, his kevlar helmet took the brunt. And every one of the responding Police, Fire, EMS and all others did an outstanding job. That's what we do.
But one thing that I haven't seen mentioned and it needs to be pointed out......and that is the bravery, help and assistance provided by the patrons of the club who were lucky to get out. They worked hand in hand with responders, carrying grievously injured friends and strangers to ambulances and pick-up trucks to get them to the hospitals ASAP. There were so many injured that ambulances were not in adequate supply and trucks had to be used. The pride I feel in our brothers and sisters in blue and in the gay community is immeasurable at this moment.
Again, rather than me venting on and on...let me just say I'm proud of our fellow LEOs and also our community members. The loss we feel is palpable wherever we live and we feel for all the losses we've suffered. Let the investigation continue and go wherever it has to. And let JUSTICE be done.