Sgt. William Shaner, right, stands guard as Lt. Victor Ellis treats an injured dummy during an active shooter rescue task force training exercise between the Toledo Police Department and Toledo Fire Department at the Lucas County EMS Training Center in Toledo on Monday, November 6.
The pressure begins the moment police officers put on their badge and gun. They are now responsible for the safety and protection of all people in the community they serve, sometimes even at their own peril.
Split-second life and death decisions are made that could put them in harm’s way. These decisions must be legal and without hesitation, or it could cost the life of others and their own.
Police work is not as glamorous as many are led to believe by what is portrayed in movies and television, but there is real satisfaction in helping those who need protection and this, in itself, brings great reward.
I retired after 28 years of service from the Toledo Police Department, taking off my badge and gun for the last time, but there are times I miss this engaging work. Police officers are dedicated to faithfully keeping you safe, every day, and the price they pay is very high.
CHRISTOPHER WARREN BAKER
There are two sides to deer story
Matt Markey’s excellent article evoked feelings for both sides of the issue of hunting and culling deer (Nov. 24, “Busy week ahead for Ohio deer hunters”).
I cringe when I see a photo of a multipoint buck dropped by a proud hunter. The magnificent creature no longer will reign over a herd with which he has produced countless fawns. Yet, one can drive not too far to see stunted deer that vie for insufficient food. Many will die during the winter from starvation or disease.
Kapszukiewicz will thrive in office
My friends and I have read the letters that electing Wade Kapszukiewicz was a mistake and Paula Hicks-Hudson has done such a wonderful job. We now know that electing Ms. Hicks-Hudson in the first place was the mistake. A majority of us understood that and elected Mr. Kapszukiewics.
Now, it seems as though some readers think it will be business as usual with the new mayor’s appointments. Wade has already stated that those positions that are most important to the city will be filled nationally, not by cronies.
Where was the outrage when Ms. Hicks-Hudson hired a grant writer who was less than stellar at the position, failed to obtain a necessary grant, and yet instead of termination, was rewarded with a position in the water department?
Rest assured, the only real test of the voters’ decision to elect Mr. Kapszukiewicz will be his performance in office. If that mirrors his performance as treasurer, Toledo can look forward to a prosperous future, hopefully unfettered by party politics.
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