True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 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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True blue: police stories by those who have lived them

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On the infamous day of 9/11, more police officers died serving their country than on any other day in U.S. history. In the aftermath, Sutton, a veteran detective in the Las Vegas Metropolitan ... Read full review

A little sappy

User Review  - Gary M - Borders

I am a Police Officer and I found this book to be interesting but a bit sappy.I would prefer it to have been a little more gritty and a little less sensational. Read full review

Contents

Blue White Graveyard by Charles R Mattel
9
Bert Ernie by David A Rogers
22
The Emotional Switch by Rocky Warren
35
Lieutenant Dad by ONeil De Noux
52
The Potential by Mark Falcione
66
Standoff by Gina Gallo
76
My Reminder by Chris Bolton
86
The Lonely Years by Don Cossean
92
Twentyseven Times by Justin Paquette
167
A Pair of Jeans by Brian Parr
174
Another Day Another Quarter by David L Wood
186
The Boot by Jack Sommers
196
Heads Tails by Chuck Springer
204
WTC Rescue 1982 by Robert Gates
213
Heroes by Paul Rubino
219
Firefighter Cop Marine Friend Hero
232

Szote FireJ by Jack Comeaux
102
Retrospect by Scott Partridge
114
Of Life by David Pomeroy
120
Directing Traffic by Stan Damas
127
Fear in Children by Dave Cropp
135
The Morning After by Phil Dunnigan
149
Loss of a Child by James Scariot
238
Untitled by Robert Brager
247
Untitled by James Bogliole
255
Theres So Much Hope by Joe McAdams
268
epilogue
279
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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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