Monday, November 30, 2009

First Holiday Greeting

I received my first holiday greeting on Thanksgivings Eve. It arrived by mail (old school/traditional) and was so timely in it wishes. It read:

Count Your Blessings

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

By Marg Harrell

(This was sent to me by IAWP member Jo Brooks of Kansas City, MO)

As we enter into this holiday season where many religious denominations will be observing various celebrations remember to take time to count your blessing.

Stay safe.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lakewood Update

Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar identified the officers who were in full uniforms with marked patrol units parked near the coffeeshop and wearing their vest when killed as Sergeant Mark Renninger, and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards.

Renninger, 39, has 13 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Owen, 37, has 12 years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his former wife and a daughter.

Griswold, 40, has 14 years of law enforcement experience. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Richards, 42, has eight years of law enforcement experience. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Please pray for their families, friends,colleagues, and the detectives and the officers working to locate the suspect.

What Is This World Coming To?

What is the world coming to when the defenders of United States liberties and freedom both locally and nationally are being targeted and attacked while doing their jobs?

- Officer Brenton and his partner Officer Sweeney in Seattle after a car stop.

- The soldiers at Ft. Hood who were doing their military daily duties on their home base in their homeland and were gunned down by a fellow soldier.

- And now Four Lakewood Seattle Officers preparing for a shift at a coffee shop. The way many of us start our shift. Targeted, gunned down, ambushed while protecting the community they swore to serve.

These very officers just a few days after possibly celebrating Thanksgiving Dinner with their family and friends were tragically murder by a gunman that fled the scene and is still at large.

Subsequent reports state that one of the officers, though shot, was able to struggle with the suspect and may have wounded him when he shot at him.

Let's pray for the suspect's swift arrest and that no other law enforcement officer or citizen is injured during his apprehension.

Lakewood Washington Shooting

4 Police Officers Shot Dead at Washington Coffeehouse

By GENE JOHNSON (Associated Press) 11/29/09

TACOMA, Wash. — A gunman burst into a Washington state coffeehouse Sunday and opened fire on four police officers as they sat working on their laptops, killing the three men and one woman in what an official described as a targeted ambush.

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said officers were looking for one male suspect who fled on foot, but haven't ruled out an accomplice.

Troyer said the four officers killed — all from the Lakewood Police Department — were catching up on paperwork at the beginning of their shifts when they were attacked at 8:15 a.m. Sunday.

Troyer said the attack was clearly targeted at the officers, not a robbery gone bad.

"There were marked patrol cars outside and they were all in uniform," Troyer said.

With no known suspects, there was no indication of any connection with the Halloween night shooting of a Seattle police officer. The suspect in that shooting remains hospitalized.

Troyer would not release the names of the victims in Sunday's shooting.

It wasn't clear whether the officers even had time to draw their weapons to return fire, Troyer said.

"This was more of an execution. Walk in with the specific mindset to shoot police officers," Troyer said.

There were two employees and a few other customers in the shop. All are being interviewed by the Pierce County Sheriff's investigators.

"Some are in shock. They are very upset," Troyer said. "They are the ones who are going to put together for us how this happened."

The Forza Coffee Shop, part of a popular local chain, is on a side street near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, about 35 miles south of Seattle. The shop is in a small retail center alongside two restaurants, a cigar store and a nail salon.

Brad Carpenter, founder and owner of Forza Coffee, said his staff was OK and being interviewed by police, and that his main concern was with the families of the police officers.

"I'm a retired police officer, so this really hits close to home for me," he said.

Streets around the coffee shop were blocked off late Sunday morning, and a police helicopter hovered over a large crowd of investigators. TV video showed police taking possession of a pickup truck parked in a grocery store in Parkland.

Dave Gabrielson, a clerk at Foot Mart about a block away from the coffee shop, told the newspaper all was quiet when he opened the store at 8 a.m. About 30 minutes later, "All of a sudden a million cops were zooming up and down the road," Gabrielson said.

He said he saw officers bring a police dog into a nearby apartment complex.

The baristas who were inside the shop are "stunned and shocked, traumatized," Troyer said.

"We hopefully will have answers, but there is nothing more we can tell you," Troyer told KING-TV. "That's as cold-hearted as it is."

Last month, Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was shot and killed Halloween night as he was sitting in a cruiser with trainee Britt Sweeney. Sweeney was grazed in the neck.

Authorities say the man charged with that shooting also firebombed four police vehicles in October as part of a "one-man war" against law enforcement. Christopher Monfort, 41, was arrested days after the Seattle shooting and remains hospitalized.

Monfort remains hospitalized in stable condition, the hospital said Sunday.

Associated Press Writer Rachel La Corte in Olympia and Photographer Ted S. Warren in Parkland contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

PLEASE Pray for the families of these officers, their friends and colleagues. Pray for the officers and detectives working this case as they follow their leads. Pray that the suspect will be located and brought to justice.

Once the victim officer's names are released I will update the blog.

LVMPD's Most Recent Loss Laid to Rest

On Saturday November 28, 2009 LVMPD Corrections Officer Daniel Leach was laid to rest in Boulder City, Nevada after lossing his life in an onduty accident last week. Please keep Officer Leach's family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers.

On Wednesday we laid Officer Trevor Nettleton to rest.

Condolence cards can be sent to Officers Leach and Nettleton's families care of:

400 E Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. In the U.S. we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. I pray that those who celebrate Thanksgiving have a blessed day filled with family, friends, good memories and fun. I encourage you to take time and give thanks for all you have in your life. Once we start counting our blessings we realize we truly have all we need and the greatest blessing we have include the many people in our lives.

For those of you that are working on this holiday, I pray for safety and that you are able to positively touch someone you encounter in your duties today.

Have a great day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Before We could catch our breath

At Approximately 0600 hours on November 21, 2009 the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department lost another officer in the line of duty. Corrections Officer Daniel Leach died as the result of his injuries from an two vehicle accident in a prison transport van. Officer Leach was the only occupant of the van and the driver of the vehicle he collided with was unharmed.

Officer Leach was a member of the LVMPD for 25 years. He worked at the Laughlin Correctional Facility and lived in Boulder City. He is survived by his wife and son.

The LVMPD family had barely finished finalizing the arrangement for Police Officer Trevor Nettleton funeral when another tragedy occurred. The agency has lost four officers in the line of duty in just over six months. Three of those losses are the result of vehicle accidents.

Please keep the families of Officer Daniel Leach and Trevor Nettleton in your thoughts and prayers. Also pray for the members of the LVMPD and the Nevada Law Enforcement community. Whether they knew these officers personally or not, they know they wore the same badge and fought for the same justice that each and every law enforcement officer does. A piece of us all is lost each time the law enforcement community lays another officer to rest.

Pray for strength, stamina, safety, peace and wisdom for those who are left behind.

Funeral detail will be posted shortly.

Friday, November 20, 2009


On the early morning of November 19, 2009 a police officer came home and was in his garage when some young men set on evil doing decided to seize the opportunity to change a community, a family and workforces world forever. The coward confronted the officer in his garage with weapons. The officer met their armed force with armed force. A gun battle ensued and in the end a guardian of the community lay dying on the floor of his own home with his wife, mother and children within feet of the place he took his last breath.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Trevor Nettleton passed away at his home. The suspects fled, one wounded. All suspects are now in custody. A family is now mourning the loss of their father, husband, and son. The community is now mourning the loss of a friend, a neighbor and a guardian of their safety. A police department is now mourning the loss of an officer, a co-worker, a partner and a fellow defender of justice.

LVMPD now prepares to bury a fourth officer in seven months. Three in the line of duty, operating in their capacity as a law enforcement officer. One at the hand of nature (he lost his life to cancer).

Officer Nettleton leaves behind a wife and two young children under three. His mother was at his home in town visiting for Thanksgiving and to see her two month old grandbaby (Trevor's newest addition to his family). She is welcoming a child and now preparing to bury a child.

Shocked, Sadden, Weary. The men and women of the LVMPD and the Nevada Law Enforcement Community shroud their badges yet again and lower their American flags to half staff. Another guardian of the community has lost his life defending the safeties of his family and the community that he loved and sworn to serve.

Officer Trevor Nettleton died a warrior, a hero, a defender and protector of his family and community. Before joining LVMPD he served his country and President HW Bush as a Marine. He gave his life for the people he served.

Enter into your rest and reward brother. We who are left behind have your watch.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sgt Kimberly Munley Rocks

Many of us in the United States were focused on our television (or other forms of acquiring news) on Thursday to follow the Ft Hood shooting saga which appeared to be unraveling in real time before our eyes. Our troops, in their home land, on their base, a place that should be safe, were gunned down by one of their own. A man who sat across from many a returning soldier to counsel them on issues related to deployment. A man whom they should not fear saluting as they walk past him on the base. This man killed 13 and wounded 30 in a shooting rampage on an Army base (my former branch of service) in Texas, USA. I will not write his name.

I will write the name of the first civilian law enforcement officer on the scene. Ft. Hood Police Sgt Kimberly Munley.

When Munley arrived she fired on the suspect twice and drew his attention toward her. The suspect turned around and charged Munley. Munley fired rounds and moving back, continued to fire at the suspect. Munley was wounded in both legs and her hand during the shoot out. Though injured, she stood and continued firing at the suspect while he ran towards her. Munley shot him four times in the upper torso.

It will never be known how many lives Sgt Munley saved by taking down the gunman. She used sound tactics and stood her ground like the warrior law enforcement officer that she is.

“Munley’s brother Daniel Barbour told ABC News that his sister had been shot three times in the hand and the leg. One of the bullets pierced an artery, requiring her to undergo surgery Friday."

Sgt Munley our hats are off to you. We wish you a speedy recovery from your injuries. You and your family are in our prayers. You were truly blessed to be in the right place at the right time. Thank you for your service and courage.

Pray for the families of the fallen and wounded. Pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded. Pray for the soldiers of Ft. Hood as they mourn the loss of their fellow soldiers on home soil.

Women Leaders in Law Enforcement 2009

November 2-4, 2009 Retired Lt. Lynette Hogue, Investigator Robin Matthews (Region 10 Coordinator) Senior Deputy Fabian Brown and I manned the IAWP booth at the 4th Annual Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium held in Northern California. This years motto was "Together : Service with Fortitude". What an inspirational Conference. It was my honor to hear the stories of the Resilient Women Leaders in Law Enforcement that walk among us. This year has been a good year for the profile of Women Law Enforcement Officers. I need only say, Ft. Hood, Seattle PD, and Jaycee Dugard.

UC Berkeley Officer Alison "Ally" Jacob one of the officers recognized as finding Jaycee Dugard after 18 years of captivity was in attendance for opening ceremonies. UC Police Manager Lisa Campbell was unable to attend. Lisa is recognized as the other law enforcement officer pivotal in the discovery of Jaycee and her children.

Officer Britt Sweeney mentioned in my previous post and Sgt Kimberley Munley, who will be mentioned in my next posting are awesome women police warriors recently highlighted in the news.

The more positive images of women in law enforcement that are featured in the media, the more young women will look to law enforcement as a viable career choice. We have to look to the future of law enforcement and mentor the young ladies that are going to take our places when we retire.

The Resilient Leader was highlighted at the WLLE conference. Resiliency. Never say die. Never stop fighting. Never stay down. Get up. Recover. Win. Be the Heroine in your own life story. You write your life story. Do not let anyone else. The person you have to answer to is yourself. As Zig Ziglar teaches, "We are all self-employed" eventhough we have an employer we make the decision how to serve that employer. We can be half hearted or whole heart. We decide our attitude and the outcome of all chapters of our lives.

Pictured above are (1) your IAWP - WLLE team, (2) your IAWP team dining at Fisherman's Wharf in downtown San Francisco, (3) New members signed up at the WLLE Conference.

Seattle Police Officer Slaying Update

While at the 4th Annual Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Training Symposium held near San Francisco November 2-4, 2009 I had the opportunity to meet two Seattle Police Department Officers that were in attendance. These ladies, the Seattle Police Department, Seattle area police officers and officers worldwide mourn the loss of Officer Tim Brenton in the line of duty.

Our most recent IAWP conference was held in Seattle and many members of the Seattle Police Department were pivotal in the success of our conference. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of the Seattle PD, Seattle area police officers and the family of Officer Brenton.

Officer Brenton and his trainee Officer Britt Sweeney were shot in an blatant cold blooded shooting on October 31, 2009 (The holiday called Halloween in the US). Officer Brenton passed away from his wounds. Officer Britt Sweeney was hospitalized. Sweeney has told Seattle PD and her fellow officers that she plans to return to work. Good for you Britt.

Britt,though wounded,was able to fire at the suspect's vehicle as it drove away.

Officer Brenton's memorial service was held on Friday November 6, 2009 at the Key Arena in Seattle Washington. Brenton was married with two children ages 11 and 8 and had been a police officer with SPD for 9 years. Seattle PD lost their last officer in the line of duty in 2006.

The Suspect : Christopher Monfort is in-custody suspected of the murder of Officer Brenton. He is being called a "lone domestic terrorist" and is believed to be behind the arson of four police vehicles at the Seattle PD maintenance yard on October 22, 2009. Good job investigators.

Please keep Britt in your thoughts and prayers. Pray for a speedy recovery and a successful return to the ranks of law enforcement warriors.

Members catch up with Chaplain Dow in LV

Recently a few IAWP members have caught up with me while visiting Las Vegas. Last month the (AARP) American Association of Retired People (Hey Lynette are you a member yet?) held its annual conference in Las Vegas. I was able to catch up with former IAWP Vice President Deb Montgomery and her husband, Robert and to catch up with former IAWP Regional Coordinator Donna Stauffer. It was great to see them and to catch up on the activities in their lives.

Shortly after that IAWP Regional Coordinator and IAWP Minneapolis (Minn) 2010 Conference Director Marie Przynski caught up with me while in town at a Narcotics conference. She and I took in the Forum Shops in Ceasar's Palace. We dined at Trevi by the Las Vegas Trevi fountain and talked about the plans for 2010. The IAWP will be honoring fallen female officers from the past 20 years.

If your agency has lost a female officer in the line of duty since 1989 please let me know via email so I can relay the information to Marie. The Minn Conference will also be unique in that it will provide training for the legal realm, corrections and law enforcement.

I am wearing my Halloween costume in the photo with Marie. My office had a holiday costume party. I decided in honor of the many nurses I have met while my mom have been going through her journey with breast cancer to wear a pink themed modern nursing outfit. Pink is the color used in the US to symbolize breast cancer awareness. October is also the month in which the awareness campaigns are run.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Seattle Officer Slain in attack while in patrol vehicle

Please pray for the Seattle Officer that was killed in the line of duty last night by a cowardly attacker who shot he and his partner (a student officer) while they were sitting in their patrol vehicle. The training officer was shot numerous time and passed away at the scene. The student officer was also shot and was able to shoot at the assailant as he/she (as yet unreleased) fled in a vehicle. The student officer is expected to recover from her injuries.

Keep the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen officer in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve the lost of this warrior officer. Also pray for a full and speedy recovery for the student officer.

As more details are released I will update with a post.

Stay Safe.