Monday, May 14, 2018

Pointing A Gun At Cops

Oconee County, SC, officials have released dramatic new video that shows what led up to an intense encounter which ended in gunfire.The suspect in the video survived the shooting and is recovering. But the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office released the video late Friday to show that they were justified in using intense force. It’s clear evidence of how fast a situation can escalated and become extremely dangerous.
The first minute of the video shows the deputies responding to a domestic violence call in which a woman had been injured. The deputies were walking through the home, in the dark, trying to approach the male suspect, who had locked himself in a room.Investigators said the deputies had only seconds to react, and after John Martin chambered a round and pointed a pistol at them, deputies shot.
Martin survived and is now charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer along with several other offenses.



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Modern Comedy

Choose an extremely annoying sound or a non sequitur.

Repeat it over and over and over again, at as high a volume as possible.

Congratulations! You're now a professional comedian.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Grief

Some people are built for grief. Others are not. Some people, in some way, suck it up and go on despite the pain. Others are so devastated over the loss of a loved one that they are unable to move forward.

I always put myself decidedly in the former camp. I've lost friends, fellow Marines, parents and other relatives, and four fellow cops - two by murder on duty, two by suicide. Certainly, these made me sad. Sometimes extremely sad. But there was always the sense that there was light at the end of the tunnel, although sometimes the tunnel seemed very long.

And then I lost Zeke. It's a loss so profound that I don't know how to describe it.

Zeke and I were one. He would often just watch me from across the room, and I him. There was comfort and peace in having him there. I've read that, when a dog looks at his owner, both the dog and the owner experience the release of oxytocin - the so-called "love hormone". I believe it. But more than that, I believe we each knew what the other was thinking. I could get Zeke to come to me, or go to the door to go outside, or go to the kitchen for food, just by the way I motioned with my head. And I knew what he wanted from me just by the way he stood and looked. When we went on our regular long walks in the park or in the woods or by the river, I talked to him like he was a toddler about where we were going, what we were doing,  and what we were seeing and hearing. I knew he understood. I never imagined a day when he would be gone.

Now, that day has come. I think of him every minute of every day. I've cried myself hoarse. I remember places we went and things we did so vividly sometimes, it's almost like reliving them. I see him running and playing when I drive by the places we used to go together. His spirit seems to dwell there. I occasionally catch sight of one of our other dogs out of the corner of my eye, and for a moment I think it's him. It's not. I dream about him.

I've learned that one life can make a person, and its loss can break him. I am forever changed. The world is a different place without Zeke. There are places to go and people to see and things to do, but I don't really care. Real happiness and fun are a memory. There are just days ahead.

I learned I am not built for grief.

I love you, buddy!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TRIBUTE







ZEKE

09/01/2002 - 04/25/2016

I could not have loved you more.

You will always be with me.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Rain Delay

Well, it was my hope and plan to tell you all that today I unretired, and was sworn in again as a police officer with my old department. The best laid plans.

Last Monday I had my second-ever trip to the ER. I don't go down easy, but this brought me to my knees. In the intervening week, I've been back there two more times. The situation simply is not resolving, and I am as uncomfortable as I've ever been in my life. Of course, I can't get in to see the specialist who can hopefully resolve this until Friday. I will simply have to suck it up until then.

So, Officer Cynical is going away for a while. I'm out of new posts, and right now I don't have the oomph to generate more. I'd hoped being back on the street would give me a new source of fun stories, but that's now on hold. I don't know for how long.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"Vacation"

After my second-ever visit to an emergency room yesterday, I'm taking some time off. Not a huge deal, but I'm pretty uncomfortable. I'll do my best to get back to it on Monday. There also may be some big news coming, so stay tuned. Stay safe, everyone.