Saturday, February 28, 2009
I'm wondering, though, why officers in the first and second segments were NOT wearing gloves when they searched the suspect, especially in the second segment when they suspected him of being a drug suspect?
Loved the lady in the last segment of COPS tonight from San Bernardino who said she "hated cops" because "they ruin lives." They don't have to ruin your life, lady. You're doing a bang up job yourself. That statement is almost as funny as when they say to the cops, "Why are you doing this to me?" as if they're not criminals.
I also loved the end when Deputy Gould arrested her and said, "Will you think about Deputy Gould the next time you smoke methamphetamine?"
She said, "Oooh, I'm gonna think about you a lot."
Real life turned into reality TV for Jodie Foster, who was pulled over for speeding in Beverly Hills, and much to her dismay, a film crew was tagging along with the police for a show called 'Speeders.'
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If you're trying to remain inconspicuous, wouldn't it be better to wear a shirt that does NOT have the letters of your organization splashed all over it? LOL!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Two Jeffersonville Police Department officers who were shot in the line of duty Thursday spoke to each other Sunday for the first time since the incident.
Patrolman Keith Broady, 32, was able to walk from his room at University Hospital in Louisville to the room of Cpl. Dan Lawhorn, 39. Lawhorn sat up in bed, and they talked about how each was doing.
“It was very emotional, very moving to see Broady walk into Daniel’s room,” Lawhorn’s wife, Dana Lawhorn, said.
Family members of the officers held a press conference at the hospital Monday afternoon to thank the community for its support.
“I want to express my gratitude for everyone who has been part of making this a little easier,” Broady’s brother, Jason, said.
Keith Broady’s two brothers — Jason, 39, and Darin, 29 — are police officers. They thanked people who called to offer support, sent cards and food and prayed for their brother.
“My heart goes out to the spouses of all the officers,” Jason Broady said. “I know this hit home.”
Broady’s wife, Kristen, is six months pregnant, and the couple has a 2-year-old daughter. She said it was the worst moment of her life when Jason told her what happened and took her to the hospital. After 30 minutes, she was able to see her husband.
“He said, ‘babe, I’m OK,’” she said.
Keith Broady was shot in the chest with the bullet barely missing his protective vest.
“He still has a huge scar across his chest where they had to go in and operate very deep. [He] still has the huge bullet wound on the side — very painful,” she said.
Keith Broady’s brothers said they know the risk of their jobs, but it did not make it any easier when they found out their brother was shot.
“When you get a call saying it’s one of your brothers, I can’t tell you what it feels like. It hurts,” Darin Broady said.
Broady’s wife also met with Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Joel White and his wife. White was injured after being shot in 2007 while responding to a domestic disturbance report.
“There’s an instant connection,” she said. “It’s a club you don’t want more members in.”
Lawhorn was shot twice in his femur bone near his hip. His femoral artery was severed, and he could have died if the bleeding was not stopped quickly.
Lawhorn’s wife thanked three officers in particular who she believes saved her husband’s life.
Officers Greg Sumler and Tom Mitchell and Assistant Chief Kevin Morlan worked together to stop the blood loss. Lawhorn’s mother, Rebecca Croft, said Mitchell saved her son’s life by wrapping a dog leash around his leg to act as a tourniquet.
“[Lawhorn] was moments away from not being here today,” Croft said. “[Mitchell’s] actions saved his life.”
Lawhorn still could lose his leg, but the outlook is more optimistic after doctors found a pulse in his foot after he was taken out of surgery and moved into the intensive care unit. The family expects to know more within the next couple of weeks.
Kristen Broady said she fully expects her husband will want to return to law enforcement because it is “in his blood.” Dana Lawhorn said has not talked to her husband about the future, but will support him no matter what he wants to do.
Both families know the long road to recovery is far from over. The officers still face multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.
“Everything’s been so surreal, so we’re just taking it day by day,” Dana Lawhorn said.
SO YOU KNOW
Upcoming events and accounts to honor Cpl. Dan Lawhorn and Patrolman Keith Broady, two Jeffersonville Police Department officers shot Thursday in the line of duty.
• FRIDAY — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 321 E. Market St., Jeffersonville. Fish, fries, slaw and homemade desserts and bread. Cost is $8 for all-you-can-eat dine in or $7 for carry-out. All proceeds benefit the officers. Call 812-282-1108 for more information.
• MONDAY — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Clark County Red Cross blood center, 1807 E. Eighth St., Jeffersonville. Call 812-283-8416 for more information.
• Accounts for monetary donations have been set up at Fifth Third Bank, First Savings Bank, New Washington State Bank and Republic Bank
CARDS AND LETTERS
• Should be sent to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100, 4711 New Middle Road, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130
• This group — which supports officers who fall in the line of duty and their families — will host an informational meeting at 7 tonight at Jeffersonville Fire Department headquarters, 2204 E. 10th St. Those who are interested in joining can attend. Call 502-585-2282 with questions.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Second? "The photos of the men's naked lower bodies had been taken earlier as part of a training exercise." One can only wonder what kind of cop "training exercise" involves getting naked below the waist. Will some kindly cop please send me pics of this "training exercise"?
I love Nord's choice of words, "...having got a better picture of things it at least doesn't seem quite as foolish as earlier." Freudian slip?
A group of nine newly trained riot police who posed naked with service weapons in their hands at a graduation party have been allowed to return to active police service.
It has not yet been decided whether the officers will return to their special tactical units. But having reevaluated the situation, the Västra Götaland police force does not consider it as serious as it did when the men were assigned to desk duty at the beginning of February.
"When we reassigned them we didn't have all the cards on the table," said Erik Nord, commander of field duty police officers in Gothenburg, to the TT news agency.
The presence of a male stripper at the party held in a rented cabin near Gothenburg, as well as pictures of the naked police officers, prompted an investigation and the reassignment of all officers involved.
The nine officers, none of whom were women, had just finished supplemental training to serve in special tactical units and included a number of seasoned veterans. All were aged between 30 and 40 years old.
Upon seeing what they deemed as questionable behaviour, the instructors who had trained them during the six-month course put a stop to the celebrations.
During the party, officers began carrying out a sex game which was meant to dramatize some sort of homosexual relationship.
The game featured a male stripper, as well as pictures of the lower half of the officers' bodies as they held police-issued sub-machine guns in their hands.
"We now have a full overview of the sequence of events. It was a joke aimed at the instructors. During the party, a scenario was played out for them that was intended to be shocking and knock them off balance," said Erik Nord.
The photos of the men's naked lower bodies had been taken earlier as part of a training exercise.
"Maybe they didn't display the most fabulous sense of judgment, but having got a better picture of things it at least doesn't seem quite as foolish as earlier," said Nord.
He added that the officers involved deeply regretted what had happened.
Nord did not wish to say whether the men would be permitted to return to their special tactical units.
"But we trust them to the extent that they can perform full regular active police duty."
Monday, February 23, 2009
This show follows new inmates and correctional officer cadets as they first enter the treacherous world of Georgias prisons... embarking on a yearlong journey behind bars.
The show airs Monday, February 23rd at 9 PM EST.
Jason Melton might tote a holstered firearm and a pair of handcuffs, but that's not how he fights crime in this west-side suburb recently rattled by a fatal shooting.
This Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy relies on something more effective: a high-five in the hallway, a back-at-you sense of humor and tight-knit relationships with youngsters that led a frightened sophomore suspected of shooting his fellow classmate last month to ask Melton to arrest him.
Deputy Melton's turf: Kearns High School. That's ground zero when it comes to preventing crime, weakening gang ties and building students' long-term trust in law enforcement. It's where people such as Melton are trying to make a difference to keep tragedies such as the lunch-hour killing of Esteban Saidi in late January from happening again.
Melton is no stiff-collared cop.
"Had some good bacon this week?" quipped Kearns High junior Cody Johnson as he spotted Melton last week between classes.
"Yeah, try the ham," the deputy replied.
Melton doesn't believe in the tough-guy approach to policing. He tried that while working security at the prison. It didn't work. But he remembers well the change that occurred in a particularly belligerent inmate when he apologized for shouting him down during a cell search.
"It takes a man to apologize," the prisoner told him. "And I'm sorry, too."
That inmate, who once heckled and spit at the guards, began to greet Melton with a smile and a hello.
So Melton puts a more personal touch on police work. He stands in a bustling hallway at Kearns High and razzes one student about wanting to join the fire department, puts an arm around another, and takes a shoulder punch from yet another.
His message: I'm not that different than you.
"The badge, the gun, the handcuffs put a barrier between us," Melton said. "That barrier has to be there. They have to know that I'm going to take action if needed. But beyond that, I'm normal. I put my pants on the same way you do. I take a drink of water the same way you do. By doing that, [students] go, 'I understand him.' "
It makes for an up-close relationship that paid off last month after Ricky Angilau, investigators say, shot into a crowd and fatally wounded Saidi. After fleeing to a nearby home, Angilau agreed to turn himself in. But he wanted Melton to arrest him.
"I just wanted to put my arm around him and say, 'Yeah, you screwed up bad,' " recalled Melton, who escorted Angilau out of the house in handcuffs. "'You're going to have to pay a price. But you're not bad, your behavior was.'"
The deputy stands on the front lines in this township's battle against crime -- a campaign that has captured both headlines and crowds as parents, teachers, religious leaders and Kearns High alumni consider ways to better safeguard their streets.
The solution, Melton believes, starts with trust.
It's about finding common ground: jawing with teens about the In-N-Out Burger coming to Draper. It's about showing kindness: retrieving a student's keys from her locked car. It's about providing understanding: offering a law-enforcement class that lets students ride along with deputies and experiment with speed-checking cars.
"Kids see police officers in a positive way, instead of the stereotyped messages on television," Principal Stephen Hess said. "They see they are people. They see they are people who care."
From the looks of it, Melton is making headway in Kearns.
"I respect the cops here," said Chloe Olson, a senior. "They are really cool guys. You show them respect, and they'll show you respect."
Police officers in the western Chicago suburb of Batavia don't want children to be afraid of them, so they are renewing an unusual effort to gain their trust; they're handing out trading cards bearing their own pictures.
The Batavia Police Department launched its first series of cards in 1990, then another series in 2002. The latest set -- 54 of them -- came out recently.
Officers will hand out the trading cards and autograph them for area children, who can collect them in a competition for prizes and gift certificates.
The top 100 cardholders from each age group 5 to 8 years old and 9 to 12 years old will have their names put into a drawing for prizes on Aug. 4.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
My response has always been the same. 90% of the pictures on the site are from television and once YOU agree to be on television, YOU'VE pretty much waived your rights to privacy for reasons of officer safety or whatever. The other 10% of the pictures come from the internet, mostly LEO websites, meaning the very place the officers are employed, so I'm sure it comes as no surprise to them if they find the pics floating around on the internet. Oddly, no officer who ever found his picture on the site and emailed me about it mentioned a whit about fears of officer safety. The complaint always seems to come from *other sources*.
I get the feeling people think we're sneaking around taking pictures of officers who are unaware. Totally untrue. The pictures that aren't on TV are on the net already and a zillion other group sites, where anyone with a computer can find them.
HOWEVER, I've been thinking about this issue off and on for several months, and I took it to my "HottCops Board of Directors". (Chicks who post the most frequently...LOL!...and got their opinions. None of them seemed to think it should be much of a concern either.) But I would never want to bring harm anyone in any way, even inadvertently, so I'm making some small changes with the site. As I add new officers, I'll just put their name. However, if someone asks and they've been on TV, I'm not going to be all crazy about refusing to answer. I didn't make the decision to plaster my face on camera, they did. And if they're from a PD site, I'll post name or PD only.
I'm also going back and starting to erase some of the information on old posts starting with non-television pics, but BEAR IN MIND, I have over 3200+ posts on this site, so it's going to be VERY slow going. After all, I do have a bit of a life to deal with:) Well, I DO, damn it!
According to the email I received from the site creators, "Great Americans celebrates and honors citizens in every area of society who are “everyday heroes”, focusing on those who serve America: the military and law enforcement.
At GreatAmericans.com you’ll find countless inspiring stories and videos submitted by people all across the country.
The purpose of Great Americans is to celebrate people in every area of society whose lives offer a positive example to others. Great Americans currently consists of GreatAmericans.com, where visitors can login and upload videos or simply check out the website for segments featuring military, law enforcement, fire/rescue, NASA, Homeland Security and everyday American heroes. The new addition of GreatAmericans.org is a sister site featuring weekly award-winning videos, news, a network blogroll and more.
'The mission of Great Americans is to tell the stories of the positive role models of our time,' said Daniels. 'What better place to start than with the stories of men and women in uniform who put their lives at risk to protect the rest of us, both at home and abroad'."
Cheer up, agencies. Sure, financial institutions, automakers and retailers are all cutting back these days, but one new category of business may be entering the marketing fray: police departments.
The Minneapolis Police Department last year hired Kazoo Branding, a local firm, to help clean up its image in an effort to improve minority recruiting -- and it got a brand makeover in the process, complete with new slogan and redesigned squad cars.
Started with a brief
Like any other assignment, it started with a brief: Police officials wanted the department's diversity to better reflect the population it served, a task complicated by the department's less-than-pristine reputation within minority communities owing to a history of police-brutality complaints and, in 2007, a racial-discrimination complaint filed by five high-ranking officers. So the department asked Kazoo to find out what motivated minority recruits to enlist, and to help the department exude more of whatever that was.
Mr. Dupont attended roll calls at every precinct, polling as many officers as possible about what had motivated them to join the force. The answers -- to serve and protect, of course -- were expected, but it was clear, he said, that younger officers and minority officers tended to be more motivated by the service aspects of the job, while older officers may have been more drawn to the action-hero nature of police work.
So Kazoo set out to create recruitment materials that emphasized service. But when the rank-and-file got wind of a new emphasis on "compassion" in department communications, a fairly rough pushback ensued, particularly among officers Mr. Dupont described as "grizzled veterans."
"I'm used to dealing with business people, who are politicians," he said. "Cops are not politicians." Added Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan: "If cops think something is silly or frilly, they let you know."
Ultimately, the officers and Mr. Dupont in the end reconciled their differences and agreed that a more diverse force was likely a safer one as well, and that a greater emphasis on service in communications could help achieve that.
'Serve with compassion'
They ultimately settled on a new slogan for the force, "To protect with courage, to serve with compassion," and a new tagline, "Be looked up to," that adorned a series of recruiting posters, reminiscent of old Hollywood lobby-theater prints, which showed officers lending a hand in various settings. A greater emphasis was placed on distributing those materials ub schools, universities, colleges, churches, job fairs and community centers, where they might connect with potential minority applicants.
The squad cars got redesigned, too, swapping a Spartan blue stripe for a more traditional black-and-white, with the new slogan, of course.
All of that may sound superficial but for the return on investment: This year's recruiting class is 50% minority, the highest percentage in department history. "We're very pleased with the work [Kazoo] did," said Chief Dolan. "I'd endorse this process for any police department."
It's not entirely clear that every officer agrees, however. Mr. Dupont shared an e-mail from a deputy chief explaining a department transfer of an officer he had worked closely with at the MPD: "BTW, Holly will be transferring from recruitment into our Assault Unit as an investigator. She said she couldn't take the stress of dealing with all those marketing folks."Link
A bullet- and stab-proof vest was given to Chicco, a 6-year-old German Shepherd who is part of the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department's K-9 unit, and Carly Batz would have been happy to see it happen, the girl's mother said Friday.
"My daughter would have loved this," Stacey Batz said of her 16-year-old daughter, an animal lover who was killed Dec. 18 in a traffic crash.
"It's a very worthwhile cause," Stacey Batz said.
Stacey and her husband, Greg, and the couple's daughter, Sara - a senior at UW-Eau Claire - were in Eau Claire Friday to see protective vests given to Chicco and Gunnee, a dog with the Marshfield Police Department's K-9 unit.
The vests were purchased in Carly's memory through the Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog program, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide bullet- and stab-proof vests for the state's 235 canine officers.
Stacey Batz and her family live in Sun Prairie, and she works for the Deer Grove Veterinary Clinic in Cottage Grove.
Clinic staff wanted to do something in memory of Carly and decided to try to raise enough money, $840, to buy a vest for a canine officer, said Kristi Carnahan, the clinic's practice manager.
Over the past six weeks, the clinic has donated $10 for every nail trim it provided and also received additional donations from clients and businesses in the Sun Prairie area, Carnahan said.
The clinic has raised enough money to buy seven vests and hopes to continue to raise more money to buy additional vests, she said.
"We've had a pretty phenomenal response," Carnahan said. Donna Morgan of Janesville founded Wisconsin Vest-A-Dog three years ago. Less than 10 percent of the K-9 units in Wisconsin have the protective vests, she said.
"There's over 200 that do not have them," Morgan said.
Chicco's handler is Eau Claire County Sheriff's Deputy Paul Zurek, who said it makes sense for his partner to have a vest.
"We wear them every day, so the dog should be able to too," he said.
Friday was the second straight day Chicco wore the vest, and he seems to be adjusting to the new apparel, Zurek said.
"The first time he was trying to rub it off, but he seems fine with it now," Zurek said.
Most K-9 officers killed while on duty are shot or stabbed by the suspects they are attempting to apprehend, Morgan said.
The vests are the only protection these dogs have until their human partners arrive on the scene, she said.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I was absolutely giddy with glee to see that HottCops had 29 subscribers!!!!!
Then I noticed that Total Cock Worship had 545.....sigh.
Now if you'll excuse me, there's an interesting new blog I need to sign up for.....
Thursday, February 19, 2009
An internal police memo cited by Irish papers on Thursday said officers taking details of Polish traffic offenders had been mistakenly using "Prawo Jazdy," printed in the top right corner of the driving license, as the holder's name.
"Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving license and not the first and surname on the license," the police memo dated June 2007 said. "It is quite embarrassing to see the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities."
A police spokesman declined to comment on the reports.
About 200,000 Polish people flocked to Ireland during the boom years of its "Celtic Tiger" economy but a poll in November indicated a third of them planned to leave due to recession.
How could she possibly turn down a stand up guy like this?! Look how well he handled his anger.
A 20-year-old man reportedly pepper-sprayed his girlfriend in a Drew University dorm when she broke up with him the night after Valentine's Day, Madison police said.
Keiyon Gordon, of Ellenwood, Ga., then allegedly stole his ex-girlfriend's prescription eye glasses, laptop computer and textbooks and later ran from police with the stolen items, authorities said.
Drew public safety officers responded to the girlfriend's dorm on a report of a man banging on her door around 3 a.m. Monday. The girlfriend, a Drew freshman, told campus police that Gordon had taken her glasses, Drew spokesman Dave Muha said. Campus police unsuccessfully tried to locate him, and when police returned to the student's room, she told them he had pepper-sprayed her earlier that night, Muha said.
Drew police said they did not see evidence that she had been sprayed, and the girlfriend declined to file assault charges, he said.
Later Monday morning, Drew police received a tip that Gordon was on campus and that he was about to leave with the allegedly stolen items. Drew officers contacted Madison police for assistance, Muha said.
Madison police converged on the area and stopped Gordon, a Camden County College student, who resisted briefly, in James Park on Park Avenue, Madison police said. The items, valued at $2,860, were found near the path Gordon took fleeing from a Drew officer, Madison police said.
The pepper spray belonged to the victim, but police said they found it in Gordon's possession when he was arrested.Gordon was charged with theft, defiant trespass, resisting arrest and domestic assault, police said. He was taken to the Morris County jail where he was held Tuesday on $10,000 bail.
Bullshit. This is probably the fastest way to kill new readership.
If you're going to do that, at least invite the folks who have been commenting all along because I will not ask. I figure 'SCREW IT'.
And I won't give them any more linkage either.
A local highway patrol trooper received an award for saving the life of a tow truck driver.
Joe Sharlow worked a wreck on Interstate 85 in Alamance County on August 27, 2008.
As tow truck driver Chad Riley started hooking the wrecked car to his truck, another car lost control. It hit Riley's truck and it landed on top of him. Sharlow pulled Riley free and revived him.
Tuscon, Arizona based band Awful Truth may have made its bones on poking fun at cops, but it’s the men in blue who are getting the last laugh, with help from the Arizona Daily Star.
According to the AP, the Star filed suit against the band in a local court, Monday, accusing it of copyright infringement through its use of a photo of slain officer Erik Hite on the cover of its latest album, Kill a Cop for God.
According to the Tuscon-based newspaper, the band knowingly used the photo to promote the album.
Said Managing Editor Teri Hayt, "The image is very sensitive to the community."
David Stine, the lead singer of the band, issued a statement, saying, "I didn't think anything was wrong with this photo."
Hite, an officer with the Tuscon Police Department, died following a shootout with a suspect last year. The photo in question is of Hite, 41, lying on the ground as fellow officers perform emergency resuscitation.
Prior to the suit, the band had been struggling financially; their album has failed to find a local distributor, and their drummer recently quit.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Hmmm, I wonder if I could order these in bulk???
Nothing says tough love like Velcro handcuffs.
Cops trying to restrain children will have a softer alternative than metal handcuffs under a new program the NYPD is testing in nearly two dozen schools.
Starting next month, officers will use Velcro handcuffs instead of the tougher steel model to subdue disturbed or unruly children in 22 schools in northern Queens, according to a draft NYPD operations order obtained by the Daily News.
“We would prefer never to use restraints of any kind, but in those rare instances where it may become necessary, we want a softer alternative to conventional handcuffs,” Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said.
Cops are expected to use the cuffs no more than once or twice a year, Browne said, and only when a kid is at risk of hurting himself or others.One of the targeted schools is Public School 81 in Ridgewood, where a school safety agent handcuffed 5-year-old Dennis Rivera and brought him to a psych ward after what school sources called a violent tantrum in January 2008.
That child’s father, Dennis Sr., said Friday police policy on cuffs was wrong. “They could be made of teddy bear material,” he said, “but they still would be handcuffs. It is still police tactics on children who have committed no crime.” In a separate instance, the family of a 10-year-old girl filed a federal lawsuit against the city last August, claiming police handcuffed her on a school bus because she wouldn’t sit still.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly asked the department to look at alternatives to metal handcuffs, but Browne would not say what case triggered the review.
NYPD school safety officers in the schools are expected to receive the alternative handcuffs at the end of next week, and then get two weeks of training - not only on how to use the new cuffs, but when.
The new handcuffs would be used on youngsters under age 16. The restraints are 22-inch-long strips of cloth with Velcro fasteners that can be adjusted to fit a child’s wrist.
“Handcuffing by any other name is still handcuffing, ” said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Monday, February 16, 2009
It seemed Eric Schultz’s dream of becoming a police officer was in doubt. After all, how many cops have one foot?
Not long after starting his job at the Wauconda Police Department, the 24-year-old Schultz, of Wauconda, was told he had cancer and faced a potentially career-ending, life-altering decision - his right foot would have to be amputated or it would become deformed and prohibit him from continuing police work.
Fast-forward one year to find Schultz had the amputation, his cancer is in remission and he is back on patrol with a prosthetic foot.
About the only thing that worries him these days is his shoes. He’s waiting to receive a second prosthetic for work, so he can wear boots - the norm for patrol - instead of the gym shoes he uses now.
“People on the street have no idea (about the prosthetic foot),” Schultz said. “Occasionally I’ll get a comment like ‘What’s with the shoes?’”
The first inkling something was wrong came after Schultz sprained his ankle in May 2007. When the pain persisted, he got an MRI that led to the discovery of osteosarcoma - the most common type of bone cancer, typically found in adolescents and young adults, according to the National Cancer Institute.
He began chemotherapy treatments in November 2007 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Schultz said he would sometimes become so sick from the treatments, he’d have to quickly return to the hospital.
“Hell is not even a word to describe it,” he said.
Schultz, who had been with the police department for about a year, had to take eight months off work - the duration of chemotherapy.
“You could tell that he was concerned that he only had so much benefit time that he could be away,” Deputy Chief Patrick Yost said.
Co-workers went to the chief and offered to donate their time off to help cover the time Schultz would need to be away.
“It worked out wonderfully,” Yost said.
Schultz also received a lot of support from his parents and girlfriend, who is a nurse. He admitted to not being the easiest patient, in part, because of difficulty dealing with the role reversal of having someone tell him what to.
Word that amputation may be necessary was met with surprise and some anger.
“They didn’t exactly tell me that it was going to be that extreme,” Schultz said.
He returned to work two weeks after finishing chemotherapy in July, and was put on light duty at first to ease his transition.
He hated the desk job, but needed time to relearn everything from walking and jogging to running. The first prosthetic foot he tried made walking painful, but quickly switched to a different model that is more comfortable.
Schultz can walk, run and drive like he used to, although his prosthetic does not allow for any ankle movement.
Before Schultz returned to full duty, Yost said, the department put him through field training so everyone could be sure he was ready to come back. Schultz passed without a problem.
“It doesn’t really feel like I left,” he said. “The guys don’t treat me any differently.”
In addition to returning to duty, Schultz carries the title of cancer survivor and is preparing to attend this year’s St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wauconda High School, 555 N. Main St. He participated in last year’s event, which supports cancer research, eight days after his surgery.
“It was great for the cause,” Schultz said. “I’m more excited about it this year. Last year, I was fresh off the surgery and was tired … Now that I’m able to walk and back in good health, it should be more fun for myself.”