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PADDY WAGON – By Fred Haas

Please be advised that on Sunday, October 6th, 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

info-mra@milwaukeeretired.org 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
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.
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

http://www.mphswi.org/milwaukeePoliceHistoricalSocietyNews/exec-board2019


THE BROCKMAN’S TRIP TO DISNEYLAND – By Don Brockman

DISNEYLAND 2019


             

 

Neil Donnelly

“I have pulled dead, mangled bodies from cars.
I have lied to people as they were dying.
I said you are going to be fine as I held their hand and watched the life fade out.
I have held dying babies. Bought lunch for people who were mentally ill and haven’t eaten in a while.
I have had people try to stab me. Fought with men trying to shoot me.

I’ve been attacked by women while I was arresting their husband who had just severely beat them.
I have held towels on bullet wounds.
Done CPR when I knew it wouldn’t help just to make family members feel better.
I have torn down doors, fought in drug houses. Chased fugitives through the woods.
I have been in high-speed car chases.
Foot chases across an interstate during rush hour traffic.
I have been in crashes. Been squeezing the trigger about to kill a man when they came to their senses and stopped. Waded through large angry crowds by myself.
Drove like a madman to help a fellow officer. Let little kids who don’t have much sit in my patrol car and pretend they are a cop for their birthday.

I have taken a lot of people to jail. Given many breaks. Prayed for people I don’t even know. Yes, and at times I have been “violent” when I had to be. I have been kind when I could.
I admit I have driven to some dark place and cried by myself when I was overwhelmed.
I have missed Christmas and other holidays more than I wanted to.

Every cop I know has done all these things and more for lousy pay, exhausting hours, and a short life expectancy.

We don’t want your pity, I don’t even ask for your respect. Just let us do our jobs without killing us”

Thank You Police Officers of#America

   


MPD MEMBER SURVIVOR’S RESOURCE INFORMATION

This information is intended for use by the surviving family members upon the death of an MPD member-officers or civilian personnel-whether active or retired.

Milwaukee Police Specialized Patrol Division, 414-935-7219

Email: Lieutenant Derrick Harris: dharri@milwaukee/gov

  • Contact this office to notify the Department of the death of a member and to obtain information concerning the employee’s dates of service and last work location

City of Milwaukee Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), 414-286-3557

  • This office coordinates employee pension benefits and life insurance and will transfer pension payments to the beneficiary if applicable. There are four “specialists” available in this office to guide you through the process

Milwaukee Deferred Compensation Plan (MDCP) 414-286-5541

  • Contact this office to obtain information regarding deferred compensation benefits

Milwaukee Police Relief Association (PRA), 414-649-8373

  • If the deceased was a member; not sure? Call anyway. Upon notification and receipt of a death certificate, the PRA will forward a death benefit check up to the current amount of $9,000 (as of November, 2018)

Milwaukee Retired Police Association (MRPA), milwaukeerpa@gmail.com

Milwaukee Police Association (MPA), if the deceased was a member, 414-778-0740

Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization (MPSO), if the deceased was a member, 414-672-6776

Milwaukee Police Department Chaplin

 

The following organizations will provide services ONLY upon the request of the designated family survivor:

Milwaukee Police Honor Guard, 414-218-9279

  • Contact Persons: Lt. Derrick Harris (see above) or Lt. Charles Berard, 414-235-1776

Milwaukee Police American Legion Post #415

  • Contact Person: Commander Kendel Feilen,  262-536-4494

Greater Milwaukee Fire & Police Pipes & Drums

  • Contact Person: President Craig V. Hasting, #414-313-2303
  • All of the above services are at no cost to the surviving families

 

Milwaukee Police Historical Society; contact the Milwaukee Police Training Bureau (Academy), 414-935-7960

  • Often the family will discover MPD-related physical items, such as badges, patches, records, equipment, etc. If desired, these items can be donated to the Milwaukee Police Historical Society

HELPFUL HINTS

When contacting any of the above, please have the deceased’s FULL NAME, including middle name or initial, date of birth, Social Security Number and mailing address.

Provide the dates of service: Appointment date and retirement date, rank and last work location, if known.

Provide the date and time of the funeral services

Provide the name and telephone number of the family member authorized to handle the arrangements.

IF THE DECEASED MEMBER IS A U.S. MILITARY VETERAN

Family members of the deceased veteran should notify their funeral director of their desire to have military funeral honors rendered. There is NO COST to the veteran’s family to have military funeral honors provided by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) or by the branch of the military involved.

The family should provide the funeral director with the following information, if known:

  • Full name of the deceased, date of birth and Social Security Number
  • Branch of service and type of service: Active, Reserve, National Guard or Retired
  • Form DD-214 or equivalent will be needed and will simplify the process if the family can locate it at home

WHAT IS A DD-214?

IT IS NOT THE MEMBER’S DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE! THIS IS NOT NEEDED!

The DD-214 is the capstone military service document, similar to a resume’. It represents the complete and verified record of the service member’s time in the military (Active or Reserve), and includes awards and medals received, the highest rank/rate and pay grade held on active duty, total military combat service and/or overseas service and the member’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

  • The first DD-214 was issued in 1950. If the deceased served after this date, this Is the form needed
  • If the member was discharged prior to 1950, the older War Department Adjutant General’s Office form (WD AGO) and for U.S. Navy Personnel, the NAVPERS discharge documents, were issued

One of the following forms should apply to veterans:

  • Army, Army Air Corps: WD AGO 53-55
  • Navy: NAVPERS 553
  • Marine Corps: NAVMC 78-PD
  • Coast Guard: NAVCG 553

At a later date you may want to contact your local Veterans Service Officer (VSO) who can also be of assistance should you have any questions about any miscellaneous benefits to which you may be entitled.

  • The VSO for Milwaukee County is located at 6419 West Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI 53214
  • 414-266-1234


 
Police Relief Association- by Wray Young
Shannon Seymer-Tabaska, Vice President of the PRA, appeared at our September 12th monthly membership meeting to discuss the importance of the PRA. She has advised us all to be sure that our beneficiary list be up to date. If you are not sure, either call the PRA at 414-649-8373 or submit a new beneficiary form to the PRA. Go to the PRA website at pra-milwaukee.com/ click on About icon at the top of the page, scroll to the bottom and click on Beneficiary Change Form and print out a new form. Then click on the icon below: Instructions to complete the Beneficiary Change Form which will explain how to fill out the form. Then mail it to the PRA at:
 
Police Relief Association
Milwaukee Police Department
P.O. Box 341608
Milwaukee, WI 53234-1608


MILWAUKEE POLICE POST 415 OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

Milwaukee Police Post 415 of the American Legion (AL) is comprised exclusively of active and retired police employees of the Milwaukee Police Department.  The Milwaukee Police Post supports Badger Boys and Girls State, Wilson Park Youth baseball, competitive oratorical contests where high school students can earn scholarships along with other programs.  These particular activities fall under the Children & Youth Pillar of the AL with the three remaining Pillars being Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security and Americanism.

Each month members receive the informative “Newsletter” with articles from our Commander and other Post officers along with information on upcoming events.  The Badger Legionnaire newspaper arrives monthly from the Wisconsin AL with news from various Wisconsin Posts plus National news and updates from the AL Auxiliary.  The AL magazine is sent every month containing articles of interest to veterans.

Post 415 is active participating in parades using our iconic 1935 GMC “Paddy Wagon”, taking part in Honor Flight Welcome Home ceremonies and promoting fund raisers to support Camp American Legion, the Fisher House, USO and other veteran related organizations.  We were one of the founding organizations of the Greater Milwaukee Police Memorial Day ceremony and also participate in observances on Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Milwaukee Police Post 415 welcomes new members into the Post and if you’re a veteran and either active or retired from the Milwaukee Police Department, please contact Wayne Jensen at 414-916-1096 or Don Brockman at 414-321-9211 for more information.

 

 


 


Conceal Carry H.R. 218- By Wray Young

If you are looking to qualify for the Federal H.R. 218 Conceal Carry yearly permit, you can do so through Steve Bzdusek.  Steve was a Milwaukee Police Officer at District #1 from 1981 to 1991 at which time he left to become an officer on the Mequon PD, where he worked until retiring in 2013.  He was the lead firearms instructor there from 1996 to 2013.  He is currently the firearms instructor for the WI State Fair Police Force.  Steve is a WI DOJ LESB certified handgun & rifle instructor since 1996.  He also operates his own business specializing in conceal carry and defensive handgun training for civilians-

www.mpdconcealedcarry.com  Call Steve at 262-227-1846 to set up a date for you to become certified at Schultz Resort Rod & Gun Club in Muskego.  It is outdoors, so weather could be a factor.  He charges $25. per gun and a $10. guest fee for the day