Thursday, September 22, 2011

Donna C. Hillier Wright

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of IAWP member (and former IAWP Board member) Donna Wright.

Donna C. Hillier Wright's Memorial Service will be held on
Saturday September 24, 2011 from 10AM-2PM CDT at
Anthony & Dziadowicz Funeral Home, 4404 S. Cameron Avenue, Hammond IN 46327

Please keep Donna's husband Donnie, family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

If you would like to add your words of comfort and condolences to Donna's friends and family for the memorial section I have sent up for her on the IAWP's Chaplain Corner, please email me at I am also seeking photos for that memorial page. Thank you.

The following condolences were posted on Facebook.

Her friendship, her smile, her hugs, her encouragement and most importantly her love for and faith in God. Donna you are a shining light that now lights up heaven. You lived fully and loved heartily. You were a great blessing in my life. I will miss your wisdom and cooking tips. Thank you for being my friend.

Tamia Dow

Rest in peace my dear friend. Your laughter and spirit will forever be a part of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and those of us with heavy hearts.

Glenda Baker

I will miss you my friend - all those funny, humorus things we did on the board of the IAWP. Now shine down on all of us and show us the way to be Warrior Women.

Jan Taylor

Rest in peace my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will forever remember the peas you so graciously brought back from your dinner in Leeds to give to the patrons of the bar for a snack. Thanks for the laughs and I know that your making them laugh in heaven.

Michelle Brettin

I am at a loss for so many others have said, Donna was a force of nature, kind, funny, loving with a heart big enough for all. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

Janet Wilson

Donna, I will miss you my friend! You brought so much humor and love with you when we got together for IAWP conferences. Our post conference vacation in Australia was a blast. I will never forget you my friend!

Lynette Hogue

I am very sad with the loss of Donna. She was a witty, sweet, entertaining woman who did not take crap from anyone! She is at peace now with the lord!

Kim Covert

Wow...I am blown away. Just learned that an amazing lady and one heck of a cop lost her battle with cancer... Donna C. Hillier Wright....god bless you and your family!! Thank you for being in my life and giving me so many laughs during the IAWP conferences!!

Martha Carbana

I loved seeing Donna at the IAWP conference she was a true Warrior. Donna family is in my prayers.

Linda Law

My deepest sympathy to the Hillier Wright family. Donna was a wonderful, loving, funny, joyous woman who many called friend.

Gail Cronquist

Rest in peace, Donna---you left this world a better place by being here--will always remember Olympics 2002.

Lynn Cronquist

"There's another angel singing in Heaven. We will miss her lovely voice and her Big Laugh".

Diane Mueller

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shelley Kay Vorce

On September 5, 2011 Shelley Kay Vorce (Born March 9, 1963) passed away peacefully yet unexpectedly. Too soon. We held her memorial service this pass Wednesday September 14, 2011 at Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her life was a life well lived. (She is pictured in the Brown sweater here). She went to college, got her dream job as a news reporter, travelled the world, met the man of her dreams (Police Officer Rick Vorce) and was working a job she loved with people she loved when her life ended.

I had the opportunity to work with Shelley and to call her friend. She was a bright light and always had a smile when I saw her. She worked with me earlier this year to put together a few Public Service Announcement s(PSA) to increase awareness to the resources available for victims of Domestic Violence. She and her partner Don Bell did a great job and I know her efforts will impact and possibly save many lives.

When people are educated and take action on their knowledge we cannot measure what might have been we can only measure what happens. As more people are picking up the phone and calling for help and/or leaving violent situations, we are saving lives. Shelley helped LVMPD’s Domestic Violence Detail get that word out. “Stop the Violence. Don’t Be Silent”.

Her Obituary Program read:

“Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free. I’m following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard His call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Oh yes, these things too, I will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my times seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee…God wanted me now. He set me free.”

Please keep Shelley’s husband, family, friends and colleagues in your prayers as they adjust to life without Shelley.

Stay Safe.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Nevada's 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

On 9/11/2011 at 1111 am a memorial service for the Fallen victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was held at the Southern Nevada's Police Memorial Park locate in the Northwest area of Las Vegas. Mayor Carolyn Goodman, three Fire Chiefs and Sheriff Doug Gillespie spoke during the ceremony.

This Poem was posted on the agenda:

Unknown Partners

Brothers and sisters I've never known,
Best friends whose face I've never been shown,

You stood as one and died that day,
And now to each of you I say,

Goodbye my brother, partner and friend,
You did your job until the end,

And through your face I've never been shown,
Your courage I have always known

A brotherhood we've always shared,
For all mankind we've always cared

To see your face I'll have to wait,
Until we meet at heaven's gate.

(Unknown author)

Friday, September 09, 2011

The Passing of Sgt Gwen Parrish

Sadly I announce the death of Sergeant Gwendolyn Parrish of Baltimore County's Records Management Section. Sergeant Parrish was a Life Member of the IAWP. Sergeant Parrish died suddenly on Friday, September 2, 2011. Viewing and Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Viewing: Friday, September 9, 2011
4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home
8728 Liberty Road
Randallstown, MD 21133-4761
(410) 655-0015

Funeral: Saturday, September 10, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Church
5200 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210-2098
(410) 464-3056

Internment: King Memorial Park
8710 Dogwood Road
Windsor Mill, MD 21244-1003
(410) 944-3056

Please keep the family, friends and colleagues of Gwen in your thoughts and prayers. If you have photos of Gwen please forward them to me for posting on the Blog and also to our Women Police Magazine Editor Simon Townsley for inclusion in the next issue of the magazine.

Stay Safe.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Women Police Conference in Curacao

IAWP's own Casandra Martha and her team, the women of Fundashon Muhe Uniforma, Arma (MAU) are hosting a Police Training Conference to celebrate 40 years of women in policing in Curacao.

The Conference is being held September 5-8 2011.

There are 65 delegates. Women and men from the Netherlands, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Eustaius and the US make up the attendees.

The Conference began with a uniformed march across Queen Emma Bridge (known as the Swinging Old Lady)to the Council of Ministers and the group was greeted by the Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte.

Followed by a return to the Renaissance Curacao Resort for the beginning of four days of training.

The training offered is in the areas of policing, non-governmental organization (NGO) management, and leadership. Attendees come from many disciplines such as immigration officers, police officers, prison/correction officers and ciilian NGO personnel.

Come back often for an update on the Conference's activities.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Blessing of Volunteers

These are pictures of the volunteers that helped to make our stay in beautiful Lexington a very pleasant experience. It starts with a smile.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day

On this Labor Day (celebrated today in the United States) I hope you are enjoying a vacation day and a nice rest. I have received many request for a few photos of our most sought after Volunteer Coordinator. The IAWP Kentucky Conference's very own Donell, a man who would give you the shirt off his back and actually did give me the pink shirt he is wearing in the photos. Thank you for all your hard work. You and your team of volunteers did a great job.