Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Police: No Matter What You Think This Will Touch Your Heart. By Geniusofdespair

It touched my cold icy heart so unless you are colder than me, you should be inspired too. I made this video because The presentation in the  cold, cavernous county lobby represented a police officers life and death.



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The Miami Dade County PBA each year puts up a memorial to their fallen in the lobby of County Hall. They have a T Shirt with the name of each police officer that has died in the line of duty. It goes up around contract talk time, people forget what a dangerous job this is. Their memorial inspired me to do this video. NOW WATCH THE DAMN VIDEO, IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO DO BECAUSE THEY SPREAD IT OUT ALL OVER THE LOBBY. IT IS ONLY A FEW MINUTES OUT OF YOUR TIME TO WATCH IT.

This is a list of the 138 who gave their lives in the line of duty:



Rhett McGregor, Deputy Sheriff
Dade County Sheriff's Office
Aug. 12, 1895

Gustav A. Kaiser, Jailer
Dade County Sheriff's Office
Aug. 24, 1895

Wilbur W. Hendrickson, Deputy Sheriff
Dade County Sheriff's Office
June 2, 1915

John Rhinehart Riblet, Officer
Miami Police Department
June 2, 1915

Allen Butler Henderson, Deputy Sheriff
Metro-Dade Police Department
Sept. 16, 1916

William Z. Henderson, Deputy Sheriff
Metro-Dade Police Department
Sept. 16, 1916

Charles R. Williams, Deputy Sheriff
Metro-Dade Police Department
Sept. 16, 1916

Frank Angelo Croff, Officer
Miami Police Department
May 22, 1921

Richard R. Marler, Officer
Miami Police Department
Nov. 28, 1921

Charles D. Bryant, Town Marshal
Homestead Police Department
June 15, 1923

Dillon Duncan Brooke, Corrections Officer
Miami-Dade Corrections Department
Oct. 21, 1924

Laurie Lafayette Wever, Sergeant
Miami Police Department
March 15, 1925

Hubert Carl Paul, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 4, 1925

John D. Marchbanks, Officer
Miami Police Department
Feb. 16, 1926

Samuel J. Callaway, Officer
Miami Police Department
Jan. 10, 1927

Jesse L. Morris, Officer
Miami Police Department
July 8, 1927

Albert R. Johnson, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 25, 1927

James Franklin Beckham, Detective
Miami Police Department
Feb. 3, 1928

David Cecil Bearden, Officer
Miami Beach Police Department
March 20, 1928

Ralph G. Langworthy, Marshal
Fulford Marshal's Office
June 10, 1928


Augustus S. McCann, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 26, 1928

Francis Cyril Guest, Sergeant
Coral Gables Police Department
Dec. 25, 1928

Sidney Clarence Crews, Officer
Miami Police Department
April 25, 1929

John I. Brubaker, Officer
Miami Police Department
March 31, 1933

Robert Lee Jester, Detective
Miami Police Department
Nov. 18, 1933

John Edward Dickson, Deputy Constable
State Attorney's Office
Dec. 24, 1933

William Lawrence Nichols, Officer
Miami Beach Police Department
Feb. 4, 1936

Samuel D. Hicks, Officer
Miami Police Department
August 9, 1936

Robert Boyle, Sergeant
Miami Beach Police Department
August 31, 1936

Homer Collins Barton, Sergeant
Coral Gables Police Department
June 6, 1938

Patrick Howell Baldwin, Officer
Miami Police Department
March 29, 1940


Wesley Frank Thompson, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 18, 1941

Luther Paul Daniel, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
Dec. 5, 1941

John Milledge, Officer
Miami Police Department
Nov. 1, 1946

Johnnie Young, Officer
Miami Police Department
March 7, 1947

Frampton P. Wichman, Jr., Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 24, 1948

Leroy Joseph Lafleur, Officer
Miami Police Department
Feb. 16, 1951

Luther T. Hardison, Constable
District 3 - Coral Gables
Feb. 17, 1951

James Herbert Brigman, Officer
Miami Police Department
Feb. 28, 1951

William Franklin Brantley, Chief
Homestead Police Department
March 17, 1952

Edward Emile Fritz, Jr., Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Feb. 3, 1953

Robert J. Staab, Lieutenant
Bal Harbour Police Department
Oct. 31, 1957


Billy Howard Stephens, Officer
Coral Gables Police Department
Nov. 23, 1957

John Thomas Burlinson, Officer
Miami Police Department
March 8, 1958

Leonard Claude Tribble, Officer
West Miami Police Department
Oct. 18, 1958

Jerome Roger Christman, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Dec. 3, 1960

Earl Lee Johnson, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Feb. 3, 1962

Jerrel Eugene Ferguson, Officer
Miami Police Department
Nov. 7, 1962

Carlos S. Stuteville, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Aug. 23, 1964

Owen Karl Bender, Captain
Florida Highway Patrol
Sept. 9, 1965

Hugo Max Becker, Detective
Hialeah Police Department
June 25, 1966

Paul G. Anderson, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
May 7, 1967

Walter Franklin Stathers, Officer
Coral Gables Police Department
Dec. 19, 1967


Ronald F. McLeod, Officer
Miami Police Department
May 8, 1969

Joseph O. Kephart, Sergeant
South Miami Police Department
Jan. 18, 1970

Rolland John Lane II, Officer
Miami Police Department
May 23, 1970

Victor Butler, Jr., Officer
Miami Police Department
Feb. 20, 1971

Johnny Edward Mitchell, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Dec. 31, 1971

Robert DeKorte, Officer
Coral Gables Police Department
Jan. 21, 1972

Frank Searcy, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
March 27, 1974

Harrison Crenshaw, Jr., Sergeant
Metro-Dade Police Department
May 18, 1974

Simmons Arrington, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
May 21, 1974

Nickolas Fragos, Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
Aug. 5, 1974

Charles H. Mann, Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
Aug. 5, 1974



Clark Hamilton Curlette, Detective
Metro-Dade Police Department
April 1, 1976

Francis Kenneth D'Azevedo, Detective
Metro-Dade Police Department
April 1, 1976

Thomas Allen Hodges, Jr., Detective
Metro-Dade Police Department
April 1, 1976

Bradley Steven Glascock, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
August 4, 1977

Elmer Cecil Barnett, III, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
Feb. 14, 1978

Louis Pena, Officer
Coral Gables Police Department
April 2, 1978

Alvin Vincent Kohler, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
Sept. 19, 1978

William Coleman Cook, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
May 16, 1979

William Franklin Askew, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
July 24, 1979

Edward Francis McDermott, Lieutenant
Miami Police Department
May 18, 1980


Alfred William Terrinoni, Sergeant
Coral Gables Police Department
Oct. 12, 1980

Carl W. Mertes, Officer
North Miami Police Department
Nov. 5, 1980

Nathaniel K. Broom, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 2, 1981

Edward Russell Young, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Sept. 23, 1981

Cheryl Weiner Seiden, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
July 28, 1982

Bjorn Thomas Svenson, Florida Parole
Florida Department of Corrections
Aug. 31, 1982

Ariel Rios, Special Agent
U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Dec. 2, 1982

Stephen Owen Corbett, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
May 28, 1983

Eddie Benitez, Special Agent
U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
July 12, 1983

Robert L. Zore, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Dec. 25, 1983

Donald Bernard Kramer, Sergeant
Miami Beach Police Department
Feb. 25, 1984


Jose DeLeon, Officer
Miami Police Department
Dec. 21, 1984

John Koppin, Officer
Miami Beach Police Department
Dec. 26, 1984

Robert E. Fitzpatrick, Officer
Miami Beach Police Department
April 3, 1985

John R. Melendez, Officer
Bal Harbour Police Department
Oct. 17, 1985

Jerry L. Dove, Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
April 11, 1986

Benjamin P. Grogan, Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation
April 11, 1986

Ephriam Brown, Officer
Opa-locka Police Department
June 3, 1986

James Mathis Beasley, Jr., Officer
Sweetwater Police Department
June 25, 1986

David Wayne Herring, Officer
Miami Police Department
Sept. 3, 1986

Emilio Fidel Miyares, Officer
Hialeah Police Department
Nov. 6, 1986

Laverne Daniel Schulz, Officer
South Miami Police Department
Nov. 27, 1987


Victor Estefan, Officer
Miami Police Department
March 31, 1988

William Don Craig, Officer
Miami Police Department
June 21, 1988

Scott Richard Rakow, Officer
Miami Beach Police Department
June 30, 1988

Richard Allen Boles, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Nov. 28, 1988

David Henry Strzalkowski, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Nov. 28, 1988

Jose Teodoro Gonzalez, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
March 28, 1989

George Reyes Saenz, Jr., Special Agent
U.S. Customs Service
Nov. 2, 1989

Joseph Preston Martin, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
April 27, 1990

Thomas James Leis, Lieutenant
Metro-Dade Police Department
April 29, 1990

Charles Brian Stafford, Officer
Miami Springs Police Department
June 11, 1991


Donald Dante Thornbury, Officer
Miccosukee Police Department
Oct. 26, 1991

Steven Ernest Bauer, Sergeant
North Miami Police Department
Jan. 3, 1992

Robert H. Bonnett, Officer
Coral Gables Police Department
Jan. 17, 1992

Osvaldo Canalejo, Officer
Miami Police Department
Oct. 13, 1992

Pedro Antonio Cainas, Sergeant
Hialeah Police Department
Nov. 19, 1992

Evelyn Gort, Detective
Metro-Dade Police Department
Oct. 30, 1993

Lynette Anita Hodge, Sergeant
North Miami Police Department
Nov. 16, 1993

Carmen Gonzalez, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Nov. 29, 1993

Meredith Thompson, Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
Aug. 27, 1994

Leonard Trudeau, Corrections Officer
Metro-Dade Department of Corrections
Jan. 16, 1995

Carlos Santiago, Officer
Miami Police Department
May 30, 1995


Theodore J. Lozada, Corrections Officer
Miami-Dade Department of Corrections
Aug. 4, 1995

Robert Vargas, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
Feb. 7, 1997

Richard Wentlandt, Officer
Metro-Dade Police Department
March 15, 1997

Robert G. Smith, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
July 26, 1997

Shaun E. Curl, Senior Special Agent
Drug Enforcement Administration
Dec. 12, 1997

Rueben I. Jones, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Oct. 5, 1998

Roberto Calderon, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Dec. 8,1999

Randall Ross Kugler, Detective
Miami-Dade Police Department
March 10, 2000

Michael D. McLane, Deputy Sergeant
Coral Gables Police Department
May 15, 2000

William Williams, Officer
Miami Police Department
July 3, 2000


Theodore Zorsky, Officer
Key Biscayne Police Department
Jan. 8, 2002

Nirza Rodriguez, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
May 5, 2003

Orestes J. Lorenzo, Officer
North Miami Police Department
July 9, 2004

Rosa I. Echevarria, Corrections Officer
Miami-Dade Department of Corrections
June 5, 2007

Jose Lazaro Somohano, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Sept. 13, 2007

James Walker, Officer
Miami Police Department
Jan. 8, 2008

Giovanni Gonzalez, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
June 16, 2009

Patrick Ambroise, Trooper
Florida Highway Patrol
May 15, 2010

Roger Castillo, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Jan. 20, 2011

Amanda Haworth, Officer
Miami-Dade Police Department
Jan. 20, 2011

Tony Koga, Officer
Homestead Police Department
March 8, 2011

IT WAS THEIR DUTY TO SERVE. IT IS OURS TO REMEMBER.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Omg! Your best video ever. I almost cried. I wish I saw the exhibit.

Anonymous said...

I recommend: watch the damn video. GOD out did himself.

Maxine said...

Heart wrenching. Thanks for recording it.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

As someone who loves a police officer, this scares me so much... It is a reminder of how delicate of a thread my life hangs on.

Thank you, dear friend.

CAC said...

At least 3 of those officers I knew from south dade. Each of those shirts represents a family destroyed, a squad devastated, a police department in shock, a neighborhood of an officer saddened and most of all, a community which lost a protector: an officer who cared to others first.

Always tell your officers Be Safe, God Bless and never, ever let them leave you without one more I love you.

COMMISSIONER MOSS said...

GENIUS,JOB WELL DONE!!! GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to do this and sharing.... I think we all forget what REALLY matters...

Geniusofdespair said...

Thank you , I appreciate the kind words

Anonymous said...

Genius: I knew 5 of these wonderful souls. May they all rest in peace.
Thank You for reminding us of the importance of life. Outstanding exhibit. This exhibit should travel throughout every city in Dade County so that the citizens can see it.

Z Woman said...

While I am grateful for the service of these officers, I am also cognizant that many other service occupations are more dangerous than law enforcement officer. Everyone who dies providing a necessary service to us should be honored but only soldiers and police officers and firefighters seem to get the fanfare. Being a police officer is statistically only the 15th most hazardous job. When we continually set up one group of people as making the biggest sacrifice to our society, it diminishes the others who get no honors, no fanfare, no benefits to their survivors, no comfortable pension after many long years of service. Many workers in America, with more hazardous jobs, provide very important and necessary benefits and services to our society, I would like to see them and their survivors get the same benefits as police officers and firefighters.

Geniusofdespair said...

Well put up a memorial exhibition to some of these other dangerous jobs and I will do a video.