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Posted about 2 years ago

 

I am medically retired. I hate the fact that I will never be able to return to the job, one that has provided me with many years of self satisfaction, friendship and service to my fellow citizens. I loved it so much that after the first time I broke my back and had the fusion I pushed through the pain to return to duty. I regret that I only got four more years before this fusion failed. Along with the pain, nerve damage and numerous related ailments, I fight depression. I feel robbed of my next 20 years of service.


I know some of you have noticed that I have not made too many appearances here on PL because of it. I have appreciated your messages of concern and support. In addiition to missing my mobile office, I miss the brotherhood, The daily interaction with my brothers and sisters isn't the same as the interaction here on PL. I'm going to try to make more appearances to get through it.


I'd like to ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

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TrafficCop,


Sorry to hear of the news. My prayers are with you. 


 


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You definately have my thoughts and prayers brother.It's my honor to honor a brother and sister.I know that we who have ever put on a leo badge,it never really comes off .It is ingrained in the heart.May sound melodramatic,but we all, who have been there and done that, know of what I'm speaking...Dave

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 Hey Traffic cop, You hang in there. I am so sorry about your injury, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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TrafficCop I'll keep you in my prayers.

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I am terribly sorry.. TrafficCop.. you will be in my prayers as well.  Although difficult, try to keep your head up.  Will be thinking about you.


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In my thoughts and prayers, TrafficCop!!! Hang tough and keep your head up.


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Hang in there! We don't always know what lays ahead, but we can MAKE it something worthwhile. I was never a LEO like you, but I have broken my back, twice. There is still MUCH living to do! You are more than a body and a uniform, and you are a valuable asset to society ALWAYS! Thank you for your service and your sacrifices, you will be in my thoughts!


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My Friend


I'm sorry to hear this news, but I do believe when one door closes another one will open.  You're a good STRONG man, and I believe God has a Plan! Heck, you could become a Lawyer! (hands down traffic has the best lawyer jokes, that's why I said that)


Keep your HEAD UP bruh, my prayers sent to YOU and YOUR family!!


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Bump freezerburn... My dreams of joining the Marines and becoming a Cop were crushed at the age of 16 due to needing spinal surgery to prevent paralysis. It's a tough time learning to cope with the pain both mental and physical.

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I like and agree with LonnaNJ's response.  I am very sympathetic since I love to work (although I am not a police officer). I am sure that you are really good at what you do, but there must be other ways for you to contribute. I will be thinkng of you.  Keep your mind busy and do what you can to heal your body. 

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Hang in there Traffic Cop. We have your back.

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 Thanks all. I appreciate the support and kind words. 

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So very sorry to hear you are going through such a rough time.  I know it must be very painful.  My husband was forced into medical retirement after his battle with pancreatic cancer.  Although he survived, the pain of losing his job and peers has been unbearable.  I am actually conducting a doctoral study on medical retirement based on what he and so many of you have been through.  Please hang in there.  It does get better.....it just takes a little while. 


 


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We are here for you Brother!


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Traffic Cop, understand my Brother that you are NOT alone. I went through the very same thing 27 years ago now. I will send you a private message tomorrow if I can remember and I can let you know what you are in forTonight I am very tired and have a hard time staying awake and my memory really sucks so if you don't hear from me, yell at me.


Respect brother.


 

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I am so very sorry to hear your news. You are such an asset. Please stick with us here and maybe shepard a few newbies along.


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e are all behind you brother, stay strong

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Sorry to hear about it brother!  Now you can teach the rest of us and impart all of the knowledge of your time on the job and the events.  Try to find the open door in the mess.


There was a post from a retired Detective  whom is doing some research on the very subject, maybe you could find some solice in speaking with her?  Best of luck sir...

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 Thanks for the support.. I will continue to contribute how I am able, both here on PL and in my community.

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What about going to work for your local district attorney as one of their investigators? If memory serves me correctly, all of our DA investigators are retired LEOs.


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Cat_D says ...



What about going to work for your local district attorney as one of their investigators? If memory serves me correctly, all of our DA investigators are retired LEOs.



Yeah, that would normally be a route for us when we retire. With my training there would have been numerous different things I could have gone into, accident reconstruction, investigations (of course that would mean working with those lawyers, yuck! ), the school house, etc. Unfortunately, things below the waist don't want to cooperate and the only limited relief I get is to take the compression off my spine by laying on my back with my kneees elevated and being heavily medicated. I've had to stop driving also, I of all people know I'm impaired.


I've always been an outdoor type of guy (camping, hunting, sports, etc.), so having limited mobility really bites too. I can't wait until bionics go to clinical trial so I can become the Bionic Man. LOL

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 Thanks for the kind words. 

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a Lawyer lol..........



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TrafficCop, I too am sorry to hear this news, keep your head up and know you have Brothers and Sisters in LE and in the community that will always have your six, stay in the loop, and remember you made a difference....


Don't Ever Give Up The Fight!


 


 


LonnaNJ says,


Fall down seven times, stand up eight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


-Japanese Proverb


Big bump Lonna


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 LonnaNJ, I think I knew that guy. 


AKangel, Thanks. I appreciate it. I never give up on a fight, and thanks to the back up of my brothers and sisters I've never lost a fight. I'm not going to lose this one either. Taking it one day at a time.

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That's the Attitude My friend, TrafficCop! Always reach out!  Their will always be someone on the other end.....


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 "When one door closes, another one opens"


 


I don't know where that quote originated and I probably got it wrong. But, the sentiment is there. First, you need to do what it takes to get yourself well. At least well enough to eliminate or just mitigate your pain and restore your mobility. Then, and only then, you will find that there are myriad opportunities for you to fulfill your desire to serve. Take it from someone who is familiar with your plight. Your body needs to heal first. When that happens you will be surprised what you find. You may not be able to get back out doing what you love most, but there are so many other possibilities for someone with your experience. 


Just hang in there and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!


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 Yeah, I've been sending back specialists my MRI & CAT scans. I'm hoping to find someone across the country that can do something to lessen the pain, falling and reduce the other ailments.


As I've told my doctors, I'd go see a medicine man if there were a chance it would work. 

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Thoughts and prayers with you brother. Stay strong and NEVER stop fighting!!!!



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