This is a discussion on Retired police department nostalgia within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Snowman366 I just retired effective June 30th. I have about 8 weeks vacation to run out and then I'm done. Went on ...
Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.
Old Memories, Good and Bad, Yes both. I started in 1974.
It got so that I hated the Holidays.
It seemed that someone always died and you had to contact the NOK and screw up their holidays also.
Everything else was accepted as it went with the job. But that always kicked my emotional butt. especially when kids were involved.
A good piece on the job, although a few other things, some funny- some not come to mind.
The good and bad of IOD. The bad, nobody likes to get injured, the good, a few extra days with pay to do things with the family albeit on crutches, stitched or whatever.
The pure thrill of initiating or being in on the really hot stuff.
The dispair of funerals of people you knew from on duty events.
The different monikers acquired by nearly everyone you work with.
The "badge" divorces in domestics.
ETA: Growlers instead of electornics.
Exceptionally well stated. Thank you.
"Kimbers are the guns you show your friends, Glocks are the guns you show your enemies."
Thanks for the post ExSoldier. Your friends comments brought back alot of fine memories. The comradery was by far the thing I miss most. I'm going to forward your post to all my LEO friends.
thanks for posting Ex, good read, that came from a very good perspective
Rexster, I hope your 4th went as easy as mine, it was NOT normal....it wasn't a very bad night compared to normal, no bad car wrecks either, very unusual
Beans....I know what you mean....we get to see the worst of times and the best of times at the holidays, it really sucks to be the bearer of bad news to people but its always more difficult on a holiday.
The very worst part of the job (in my opinion) is death notification, especially when its someone's kid, and anything involving kids is a close 2nd. I'd rather be in a fight with a tool then be dealing with a hurt kid, probably because of my own son and knowing what that parent is about to be told and have to go through.
To all my fellow current and former LEOs.....
watch your six and never ignore that gut feeling/6th sense
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"I got a touch of hangover bureaucrat, don't push me"
Independence is declared; it must be maintained. Sam Houston-3/2/1836
If loose gun laws are good for criminals why do criminals support gun control?
Let's all do be careful out there!
Thanks for posting Ex...
I went on the job when I finished college in '75, moved on to the prison system in '86 and retired in '97...and, as a friend of mine once said, it was a lot like Dickens' intro to A Tale of Two Cities...
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way."
It was the hardest job I ever did (even including "my" war)...but it was also the best I ever felt about what I did. It was where I became most of what I like about myself.
Those of you still out there...be real careful out there and make sure you get home to your families at the end of the shift. And thank you for carrying it on...
Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.
-- L. Neil Smith
Thanks for an excellent post!
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell