Friday, March 13, 2015

Honoring Fallen Police Officers; Black Hawk Down Off Florida Coast Kills 11

"It's not how these officers died that made them heroes, it's how they lived."...Vivian Cross

Taps For Too Many Police Officers This March

This March has proven to be a dangerous month for police officers across the nation. Just two days ago, two more police officers were ambushed in Ferguson, MO.  Fortunately, both officers are expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the eight police officers who have died in the line of duty in only the first two weeks of this month. We remember:

Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson, III

Officer Wilson, 30, was shot and killed when he and his partner interrupted a robbery at a video game store on March 5, 2015. Officer Wilson was in the store to purchase a game for his son whose birthday was that same week. Wilson was shot three times during a barrage in which 50 shots were fired. Two subjects were later apprehended.

Officer Wilson was an 8 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

Fulton County (Georgia) Police Officer Terence Avery Green

Officer Green, 48, was shot and killed in an ambush as he and other officers responded to reports of shots fired inside a home on March 4, 2015.

Officer Green was a 22 year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and four sons.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

Deputy Wells, 27, was shot and killed as he and other U.S. Marshals attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a double-murder suspect on March 10, 2015. Shots were fired as the team attempted to take the man into custody. During the shooting, Marshal Wells was struck. He was taken to the hospital but succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Wells was a four year veteran of the Marshal service. He is survived by his expectant wife.

To date, there have been 23 line of duty deaths. Four died by gunfire (one accidental). Six officers succumbed to heart attacks. Eight died in automobile accidents. Two were struck by vehicles. One died during a vehicle pursuit. Two died from related illnesses.
(Officer Down Memorial Page and National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund)

Black Hawk Down Off Florida Coast Kills 11

Several days ago a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a nighttime training mission of the Gulf Coast of Florida. Seven Marines and four soldiers were killed.

The Louisiana National Guard reported yesterday that two bodies have since been recovered as well as body parts. The search and rescue operation is now a recovery operation. No one is believed to have survived the crash.

The names of the victims have not been released.
USA Today,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Waco VA Medical Center To Be Renamed After WWII Hero Petty Officer Doris Miller; PTSD Resources

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country...Capt. Nathan Hale

Waco VA Medical Center Honors WWII Hero Dorie Miller

Petty Officer Dorie Miller was the first black American to receive the Navy Cross. In 1941, he was a mess attendant and boxing champion aboard the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. After carrying his seriously wounded captain to safety,  Miller got hold of a machine gun and helped rescue other wounded shipmates. Despite not having any training in the use of a machine gun, he was credited with downing three enemy aircraft.

Miller died in action in 1943 aboard the USS Liscome in the South Pacific after it was torpedoed.

The Waco (Texas) Veterans Medical Center will be renamed in Miller's honor tomorrow, Feb. 19, 2015.

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrayed Petty Officer Miller in the 2001 film, "Pearl Harbor."

PTSD Resources

  • All VA centers provide PTSD information and assistance.
  • Military One Source: 1.800.273.8255.
  • Community MH clinics.
  • Employee Assistance Programs.
  • Give An Hours: Providing MH services to military personnel and their families. They can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
  • National Center for Homeless Veterans. Contact: 1.877.424.3838.
  • Vet Centers with locations throughout the country. Contact: 1.800.273.8255 (Also this number can be accessed to assist in suicide prevention).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Two NYPD Officers Mourned; First Philadelphia Female Firefighter To Die In The Line Of Duty Laid To Rest

NYPD Officers Mourned

NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were mourned this week after being ambushed while sitting in their cruiser. The officers never even had a chance to pull out their weapons to defend themselves or return fire. Most likely, they never saw their killer.

Officer Liu, 32, was a seven year veteran of the NYPD. He was married just two months ago.

Officer Ramos, 40, was a two year veteran. Prior to joining the NYPD, he worked as a school security officer. He was married with two sons. 

Police Officer Fatalities To Date

To date, there have been 113 line of duty deaths up 11% from last year. Of those, 46 were gun-fire deaths up 59% from last year.

Philadelphia Fire Department Mourns One Its Own

Joyce Craig, the first Philadelphia female firefighter to perish in the line of duty, was laid to rest last week. Craig was an 11 year veteran of the fire department. She's survived by her 16- year- old son and 16-month-old daughter.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Pearl Harbor Remembrance 2014

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."...Japanese Admiral Yamamoto

What better way than to Remember Pearl Harbor in moving images...

Pearl survivors...

All gave some. Some gave all.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veterans Day - Honoring And Thanking All Who Served

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?...Michel de Montaigne

The following are some suggestions to honor and thank all who served:

  • If you know any veterans, thank them for their service. 

  • Try attending one of many Veterans Day activities and parades.

  • Visit a military and veteran cemetery. 
  • Visit a local military and veteran memorial.

  • If you live near a VA medical facility, pay the vets there a visit. They will appreciate it.

  • If you know any senior veterans, pay them a visit.

  • If you are an employer consider hiring a vet.

  • Don't forget our homeless veterans

  • Many businesses will be offering discounts this week for veterans. 

  • Remember all who served

"The willingness by which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."  George Washington

Note: Active duty military and vets please nav this blog. I have information on health, education, housing, PTSD and more. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 2014 Bad Month For Law Enforcement; Canadian Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Mourned

How does one define a hero? I don't know. But I know it when I see it...Jerry Komar, this blog's author

October 2014: A Bad Month For Law Enforcement 

Last week, two rookies NYPD officers from Queens were injured, one critically, when they were blind-sided in an attacked by an axe wielding man. 

Officeer Kenneth Healey, 25,  was struck in the head. Officer Joseph Meeker, 24, was struck in the arm. Healey was listed in critical but stable condition the days after the incident. Today, it was reported he's actually walking on his own.  Meeker was released from the hospital earlier this week.
NY Post

Meanwhile In California...

On October 24, 2014, Investigator Michael David Davis, Jr. of the Placer Country Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed while taking part in a massive manhunt for the murderer of Deputy Sheriff  Danny Oliver of  Sacramento County.

Both Sheriffs were 15 year veterans of their respective departments.
Officer Down Memorial Page

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Funeral Held

Yesterday, the funeral for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Cpl. Cirillo was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa last week. The attacker later went to the Parliament Hill where he was killed by hero sgt.-at-arms Kevin Vickers, 58.  Vickers is a retired Royal Canadian Mountie.
CBC News


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Malala Yousafzay: A Portrait In Courage

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go...T.S. Eliot

Malala Yousafzay, 17, Youngest To Win Nobel Prize

Those who read my blog on a regular basis know I focus almost entirely on the courage and heroism of our military personnel and first responders. Today, I'm making an exception. Heroes, after all, come in all sizes.

Malala Yousafzay was 15 years of age when Taliban thugs boarded her bus and shot her in the head. 

A few years earlier, when she was just 11 years of age, she made a speech in the Swat region of Pakistan. Earlier, the Taliban had gained control of the region and closed several hundred schools. Malala was angry. So angry she gave this speech at a  press conference. It was entitled, "How Dare The Taliban Take Away My Basic Right To Education?"

Shortly thereafter, she began writing a blog under an anonymous name describing what life was like living under Taliban rule. A few days later, all girls schools were closed. In 2009, she had been outed as the author of the blog. Perhaps she didn't realize at the time but she became a target of Taliban thugs. On October 12, 2009, she was shot on the bus. She survived after several operations in England. 

Little did this courageous young girl know then she would become a symbol of conspicuous courage and a global advocate for the education of women. In 2013, she gave a speech to the UN. She also created the Malala Fund to help empower young women around the world.

In that UN speech, she declared, "They thought that the bullets would silence us...But they failed." She continued, "And then out of the silence came thousands of voices...Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born."
Time, CNN, ABC News