There is a story on the Comcast site today about a town in Calf. Where Police are facing booby traps. It caught my eye and made me angry. Here’s a brief summary:
Police in this picturesque city in rural Riverside County have been on edge in recent weeks. Someone is trying to kill them.
First, a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit’s headquarters. The building filled with flammable vapor but an officer smelled the danger before anyone was hurt.
“It would have taken out half a city block,” Capt. Tony Marghis said.
Then, a ballistic contraption was attached to a sliding security fence around the building. An officer opening the black steel gate triggered the mechanism, which sent a bullet within eight inches of his face.
In another attempted booby trap attack, some kind of explosive device was attached to a police officer’s unmarked car while he went into a convenience store.
“There’s a person or people out there, a bunch of idiots, trying to do damage to us,” Hemet Police Chief Richard Dana said. “We can’t expect our luck to hold up, we need help.”
Since New Year’s Eve, there have been several other booby trap attempts to kill officers, Dana said.
I hope the Federal Gov’t sends the FBI, Homeland Security, DEA, and any other agents and division they can spare and catch and prosecute the person or people responsible to the max. Degree possible,
Police Officers risk their lives on a daily basis and having these type of deranged people targeting them is horrific. This story should be a National story and every available law enforcement agency in the country needs to assist these officers
Most people have a natural dislike for the Police. We usually only deal with the Police if we have been pulled over for a traffic issue. Sometimes if we have had theft or vandalism to our property we need them. Otherwise we don’t want anything to do with them.
These men and women see the worst of society on a day to day basis so the rest of us can live for the most part shielded from the seamier side of life.Having someone trying to kill you for just doing routine things as part of your job is something unimaginable.
I have family in the Law Enforcement profession ,I have dealt with Police officers as a victim and have watched officers work their ass off using their own time, in the pursuit of solving a crime. I have great admiration and respect for all Law Enforcement personal.
When I worked at Manning’s Package Store , Fred Slavin, an older store employee who would make deliveries to those elderly and infirmed people who could not get out and who would cash their disability or social security check for them, was brutally murdered making a fake delivery.
Lowell Officer’s Bob Caron, Jack Myers, Bob DiMora, Jack Dolan and others worked hours upon hours and on their own time tracking down the people responsible and then using their own time to escort the family back and forth during the trial.
When I was tending bar and shut off a customer he got mad and threw a glass at my face, luckily I’m hard headed anyway and the glass bounced off leaving just a large welt. Officer Mike Chandoney and Jay Leary arrested him and brought him in and guided me through the system assisting me with advice and support throughout the process.
When the bank at Bridge and Sixth St. was robbed by a man with a gun, the Lowell Police worked with my daughter’s school in locking down the school and having an officer stationed at the school without alarming the kids. They worked with the school to draft a letter home to the parents to let us know exactly what happened and what steps were done to insure the safety of the school.
These are just a few examples of the good work done by the Lowell Department, stories I’m sure that could go on an on throughout the country. Like all professions they are not perfect but most strive to do their best and take pride in how they Protect and Serve.
We take for granted Law enforcement and firefighters until we need them. Here’s hoping they catch the people responsible before one of these men lose their life in the line of duty