When Cops Retire:
When a good cop leaves the “job” and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.
These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the “job” and merely being allowed to leave “active” duty.
So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God”, and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.
Civilian Friends vs. Police Friends
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Get upset if you’re too busy to
talk to them for a week.
POLICE FRIENDS: Are glad to see you after years, and will happily carry on the same conversation you were having the last time you met.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
POLICE FRIENDS: Have cried with you.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days
then give it back.
POLICE FRIENDS: Keep your stuff so long they forget it’s
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you..
POLICE FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
POLICE FRIENDS: Are for life.
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Have shared a few experiences.
POLICE FRIENDS: Have shared a lifetime of experiences no citizen could ever dream of…
CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this.
POLICE FRIENDS: Will forward this.
There are those that think they understand.
And then . . . there are cops
Read about MRPA member Roger Keller
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A THERAPY DOG HANDLER?
By Member Linda Bobot
I am reaching out to MPD retirees to see who may be interested in therapy dog training. Therapy dog teams respond to traumatic events to offer comfort to the people affected by it but what most don’t think about is it’s not only citizens who are affected by trauma; police officers are, too. Frequent exposure to traumatic events leaves a mark that is not easily pushed away and a benefit to active duty members who have opportunities to interact with therapy dog teams is when the handler is a retired MPD officer. Who else has the ability to understand the complexity of the emotions being expressed or held back? Certainly another police officer but amazingly, also a therapy dog who has the ability to connect without saying a word. Therapy dog training requires a dog who wants the job. The dog and handler must both pass an evaluation provided by a therapy dog organization such as Pet Partners: www.petpartners.org. If you would like to learn more about therapy dogs and training please contact me: Linda M. Bobot The Teacher’s Pet Dog Training LLCHAVEN, Inc.; Hounds And Vets Empowered Now 414-282-7534
Article from City Journal
PADDY WAGON – By Fred Haas
Please be advised that on Sunday, October 6th, 2019, the Milwaukee Police American Legion Post 415, took their iconic Paddy Wagon to the Downtown West Allis Car Show. This has to be one of the biggest and largest car shows in Wisconsin. Beautiful classic, custom and antique cars were lined up on W. Greenfield Ave. from 76th street to 70th street and on the side streets. Approximately 500 vehicles were on display. I estimated the crowd to be at least 5,000 or more during this event. Over 2,000 people stopped to view our 1948 Plymouth “Dare program” Milwaukee Squad car and our 1935 original Milwaukee Police Patrol Wagon “Paddy Wagon”, to ask questions, take pictures or just drool over these beautiful vehicles. Darrell, Rich and Fred were busy the entire time explaining the history of our two vehicles, letting numerous kids and adults have their pictures taken with the paddy wagon, giving the kids souvenirs of the Milwaukee Police Department, and in general a very exhausting fun filled day. We even had a group of aspiring young photographers and models take photos with our wagon, and the local West Allis TV station interviewed us for future broadcast on the cities TV channel.
Needless to say the 10 hour day by the three old Musketeers, Darrell Malmarowski, Rich Thompson and Fred Haas was fun filled, exhausting, exciting and gratifying. When it was all over, we received the BEST news that anyone could get… Milwaukee Police Post 415’s Paddy Wagon was named BEST of CLASS and received a beautiful plaque.
First place is GREAT! Thank you all for supporting our classic wagon and the efforts by Post 415 to continue to Serve God and Country.
Milwaukee Retiree Association (Not the MRPA)
The Milwaukee Retiree Association- (MRA)- by Wray Young
This organization incorporated in 1960, is comprised of over 2,000 members of retired
workers, any retiree who worked in any capacity for the City of Milwaukee. It’s principal goals
now are to work with the City in order to improve and safeguard our health and pension
benefits. They have even set up a pension defense fund, now at over $130,000. in case our
pension, our “lifeblood”, is threatened in anyway. This has been occurring in numerous cities
all over the country, with retiree’s health benefits and pensions being cut due to poor city fiscal
management. It is in all of our best interest to join this organization as there is strength in
numbers. The MRA is no longer affiliated with AFSCME in any way, and is currently affiliated
with the Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO. I have been a member since I retired in
2000 and have found it to be an excellent & very well run organization working hard for us
retirees, and highly encourage all Milwaukee retirees to join.
MILWAUKEE RETIREE ASSOCIATION, INC.
P. O. Box 342055
MILWAUKEE, WI 53234-2055
Affiliated with the MILWAUKEE AREA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO
Help us safeguard your pension benefits!
Increased membership = increased influence
We are informed, proactive, connected, committed
The Milwaukee Retiree Association (MRA) invites you to join our association of close to 2,000 City of Milwaukee retirees.
The MRA has been an active retiree organization since 1959. We represent the thousands of retirees and their spouses receiving a pension from the Employes’ Retirement System (ERS) of the City of Milwaukee. Every ERS pensioner/spouse is eligible to join the MRA. Membership includes retired union, non-represented, and management employees.
Our association serves as a watchdog for retiree issues, including:
* Working with the Pension Board, ERS office, Mayor and Common Council to ensure adequate funding of our pension
* Monitoring of health care costs and benefits
* Attending and testifying at Pension Board and Common Council Committee meetings
* Monitoring legislative issues at local, state, and federal levels
Our association also serves as an educational and social organization by:
* Providing spring and fall membership meetings with luncheons and speakers
* Providing a forum to express your concerns
* Mailing informational newsletters
* Developing programs and benefits of interest to our members
Join now by completing the membership application with your annual dues of $15.00 per member and mail to the:
Milwaukee Retiree Association, P.O. Box 342055, Milwaukee, WI 53234-2055
The $10.00 assessment listed is an optional payment for unanticipated expenses and is much appreciated. For questions, please email us at
email@example.com or call our voice mail at (414) 297-9215
Business Office: 633 S. Hawley Road, Suite 109, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1965
Members also have access to information on:
Dental Insurance: Metlife group dental insurance is available to MRA members. Call Labor First at 855-588-3838 for further information and enrollment forms.
If Metlife dental insurance is not an option for you, other dental insurance plans and dental discount programs may be available. For further information on these plans, call National Benefit Consultants, Inc. at 1-262-201-4370 or 1-800-875-1505
Vision Discount: Wisconsin Vision provides coupons to our members for specials on exams and glasses. The discounts can be used by spouse and dependents. There are multiple offices throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Health Insurance: A group Medicare Advantage plan is available to our members. Medicare eligible retirees and spouses who may not have employer insurance, or pay costly premiums, may find these plans a good alternative.
Free Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance A no cost $3000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit is available to members.
| FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN|
HELP PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN POLICE OFFICERS
|How You Can Help|
The Milwaukee Police Historical Society is seeking $100,000 to build a new memorial wall inside the Safety Academy. The new memorial would provide ample space to honor our fallen heroes and revere them in an in-depth way. Visitors to the memorial would be able to access information on each officer, including who they were and how they lived, from an interactive kiosk. These narratives about their lives and service would also be available through an app for off-site guests.
No contribution is too small.
Help us reach our goal and bring this project to fruition.
The newly designed Fallen Officers Memorial is an opportunity to show our gratitude to the families of our fallen heroes, as well as to the officers who are committed to serving and protecting our community. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
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|The Milwaukee Police Historical Society is committed to honoring the memory of our fallen heroes with a new memorial. Sadly, the list of fallen officers in MPD’s history has outgrown the available space on the existing memorial at the Milwaukee Safety Academy, 6680 N Teutonia Avenue. And, with three officers lost in the line of duty in the last year, our request comes with increasing urgency.|