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Petebombsuit1b_max50

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

Folks, reading all of the recent stories you have posted on this site as well as those I happen to see each and every day, brings to mind a topic that none of us want to talk about. We avoid it like the plague, fearing that if we think about it, it might come true..... Well, if the frequency of violent assaults against LEOs continues at the rate it has increased this year, you very well may have it come true, for YOU.

When you talk about the chance of becoming Injured in the Line-Of-Duty (LOD) you envision a few days off, but returning to the job that most of us would pay them to let us do (at least that was the feeling for the first year or so). To us the worse case scenero is that of being Killed in the Line-Of-Duty. PLEASE don't take this in the wrong way. In no way what-so-ever do I intend to take away from the pain and suffering that occurs when we do loose a Brother or Sister in the LOD. Nothing can compare with the pain and suffering of their families, co-workers and friends. Please do not think that I am trying to minimize that in any manner.

What WE don't think about very often is what happens if/when we get Injured LOD and are unable to return to the jobs we love so much. We don't think about the depression that comes with having to "retire" even though we might very well be in our 20's. We don't think about the financial suffering that we, and our families, may have to go through, loosing that paycheck that most of us live on payday-to-payday. We don't think about the hoops, hurdles and walls that we may have to jump through, over, or into just to get the medical services, treatments and devices we may need just to survive. Folks, I was Injured (LOD) in 1997, apprehending a murder suspect. After 6 months in a wheel chair, a second series of surgery and recovery, I returned to work in a limited duty status until retiring (Line-Of-Duty Disability Retirement) in 1999. I was fortunate. I was able to continue in a local law enforcement agency in a mainly administrative capacity. There are many, many, many of our brothers and sisters who were not so lucky. Many of them, are confined to beds, wheelchairs, or walkers. Some are blind, deaf, or paralized. Most of them barely get by week-to-week, financially. Please, become active in supporting the disabled peace officer veteran. Push for better benefits, more legal protections. A lot of folks think well they will get a pension, social security (at least until it runs out) and free medical care for the rest of their lives. This is most often not the case. There are thousands of Disability retired officers out there who have been told, ...well your not elligible for benefits because you can do "some kind" of work (sell pencils from a cup, [yep there are some who have had to do this NO SHIT]; Stuff envelopes; say "Welcome to ___-Mart"), and the laws and rules out there don't say you have to be DOING one of these jobs before they cut your benefits, just that you have to be ABLE to do one of these types of jobs. Please keep the Disabled Peace Officers in your prayers each and every night. If you have a chance visit a site built by a Disabled Peace Officer and created for Disabled Police Veterans and their supporters: http://www.policevets.net/ Be sure and click on the link "Journal" read the stories some have been willing to post.

Most importantly, STAY SAFE OUT THERE. It truly is a jungle.

Robertmitchum_max50

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Thanks for the info. First time I have heard of this....


For so long as one hundred men remain alive, we shall never under any conditions submit to the domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches or honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which no good man will consent to lose but with his life.

The Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

SCREW TIBET FREE SCOTLAND !!!!

Dawndive_004_max50

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Will do!!!!

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I have a motto: I go home the same way I walked in the door....on my own free will.

Petebombsuit1b_max50

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LT That's the problem. Most of us never have heard of the problem and don't really want to consider it. "Considering" means acknowledging that it might happen to yourself...... Very few cops I have ever known in my 27+ ys of law enforcement have ever willingly acknowledged this possibly happening to them......I didn't until it happened to me. STAY SAFE

Petebombsuit1b_max50

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viperrob8 said:

I have a motto: I go home the same way I walked in the door....on my own free will.

viperrob8,

That used to be pretty much my same quote. But face it, sometimes things do not work out as planned.......

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PeteC308, thanks for the artical, I had a LOD injury last year and stil have not returned to full duty and I'm not 100% sure I will. There are still alot of unanswered questions by the doctors and my dept. I've just kind of kept my mouth shut and rolled with the flow but I'm not sure this have been for the best. It seems when your injured your just pushed aside and expected to deal with it yourself and whatever happens, happens. I agree there needs to be more attention to officers who are injured at work, not more than you deserve, but what you deserve. I see this as a growing problem as the job becomes more dangerous. Its nice to know I'm not the only one who feels this way and has had these types of problems.

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qabbott said:

PeteC308, thanks for the artical, I had a LOD injury last year and stil have not returned to full duty and I'm not 100% sure I will. There are still alot of unanswered questions by the doctors and my dept. I've just kind of kept my mouth shut and rolled with the flow but I'm not sure this have been for the best. It seems when your injured your just pushed aside and expected to deal with it yourself and whatever happens, happens. I agree there needs to be more attention to officers who are injured at work, not more than you deserve, but what you deserve. I see this as a growing problem as the job becomes more dangerous. Its nice to know I'm not the only one who feels this way and has had these types of problems.

Quentin,

Sorry to hear of your injury. May God bless you and return you to full health in the near future. Not knowing where you live/work or the laws/policies that may effect you, I simply advise you to KEEP EVERYTHING that you recieve, medical reports, bills, correspondance from workman's comp, your insurance company, etc. In my case, everything was great for a couple of years until I ended up retiring from the state. The agency was good to me as well, but once I was retired from them, I was on my on. The state retirement board was a different story. Due to recent pushes by the Governor, they started seeking ways to cut expenses, including reducing or terminating disability retirement payments to state retirees, specifically targeting law enforcement officers, because we were the only class of state employee who had a line-of-duty retirement, which allowed you out earlier than other state employees. I personally had to file a civil suit (TWICE) against the state retirement system, to keep my retirement benefits. Through the www.policevets.net site, I REALLY had my eyes open as to the extent of this problem. Best of luck to you and praying for your speedy recovery and return to duty.