A Cop's Life: True Stories from the Heart Behind the Badge

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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After September 11, 2001 Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life. Hundreds of active and former officers responded from all over the United States: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most for the first time. Sutton culled the selections into five categories: The Beat, Line of Duty, War Stories, Officer Down, and Ground Zero.

The result is True Blue, a collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of September 11. Here, officers reveal their emotions-fear and pride, joy and disgust, shame and love-as they recount the defining moments of their careers. In these stories, the heart and soul behind the badge shines through in unexpected ways. True Blue will change the way we think about the deeply human realm of police service.
 

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Contents

Johnnys Last Day
1
Sunday Mourning
15
405
19
Graveyard
29
Juvenile
37
Dead Man Talking
47
Shadow of the Executioner
51
The Journey
57
The Man of the House
77
Domestic
87
Honor Thy Mother
101
My Child
117
The Honor Student
127
Death Dance
139
00 AM Phone Call
145
Willy
155

Her Name Was Jackie
61
The Ultimate Ninja Warrior
67
The Messenger
165
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About the author (2005)

Randy Sutton is a Senior Sergeant at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in several big screen movies and HBO movies including Casino, Fools Rush In, and The Road Home. On television, he has appeared on COPS, Americas Most Wanted, and Las Vegas.

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