True Blue: To Protect and Serve

True Blue: To Protect and Serve

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by Randy Sutton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312383541

ISBN-13: 9780312383541

Pub. Date: 04/29/2008

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Lieutenant Randy Sutton’s fascinating collection of stories and memories, solicited from law enforcement officers across the country, offers a broad and insightful look at the many facets of police life: courage, exhilaration, frustration, loss, and even humor—from the everyday to the career-defining moments on the job. Told by the cops who lived

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Lieutenant Randy Sutton’s fascinating collection of stories and memories, solicited from law enforcement officers across the country, offers a broad and insightful look at the many facets of police life: courage, exhilaration, frustration, loss, and even humor—from the everyday to the career-defining moments on the job. Told by the cops who lived them, the stories in True Blue  show what it truly means to protect and serve.

“[Sutton] brings to vivid reality the real stories of cops whose guts and glory are seldom seen and rarely heard.”—John Langley, creator of COPS

Readers will come to recognize the faces behind the badge, as they witness officers charge into the unknown on The Beat, honor and mourn friends in The Fallen, hear the War Stories spread in police locker rooms and bars, discover the unbreakable line between civilian and cop in the Line of Duty, and feel the blood-boiling adrenaline during those life-altering moments when a cop must use Deadly Force.

“They all come right from the heart that beats beneath the badge.”—New York Daily News on True Blue (vol. I)

A portion of the royalties for this book will be donated to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312383541
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 8.09(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

"In Valor There Is Hope"

A Senseless Act Randy Sutton Sutton, Randy 1

Nothing Is Ever Routine Stephen "Steve" Berg Berg, Stephen "Steve" 9

Nicky and the Mustard Gas Caper; or, How Two ATF Agents Saved South Central Los Angeles Ken Cates Cates, Ken 11

Mr. Martinez's Christmas Michael Hahn Hahn, Michael 18

Pigeons and Monkeys and Snakes, Oh My! Thomas J. Cline Cline, Thomas J. 24

Little Johnny on the Front Porch Clint W. McKean McKean, Clint W. 30

Let Me Tell You a True Story Robert V. Trevino Trevino, Robert V. 34

Just So You Know Matt Walz Walz, Matt 39

Part of the Job Michael J. Warden Warden, Michael J. 43

Just Another Car Stop David R. DeKay DeKay, David R. 49

Jesse: A Case Study in Sexual Assault Trinka Porrata Porrata, Trinka 53

The Men Who Never Leave Your Side Jerry D. Wolsey Wolsey, Jerry D. 61

It Was Just Business Philip V. Bulone Bulone, Philip V. 67

I Hear Ya, Rick Mike "Mama" Martinez Martinez, Mike "Mama" 78

How Do I Find the Words? Pat Jenkins Jenkins, Pat 82

Heroes Thomas E. Schulte Jr. Schulte, Thomas E., Jr. 87

Heartbreaker Jack M. Comeaux Comeaux, Jack M. 92

Almost There Joseph Loughlin Loughlin, Joseph 95

The Recidivists Dick Kirby Kirby, Dick 98

The Ride of a Lifetime Rick Jamison Jamison, Rick 103

The Road Race and the Fly Jim Archuletta Archuletta, Jim 108

The Sadness of It All Brent Larson Larson, Brent 116

The Shooting Cory Hatch Hatch, Cory 119

Suicide by Cop Robert Mladinich Mladinich, Robert 124

Trapped While Wearing the Badge Artie Rodriguez Rodriguez, Artie 128

Unwanted Male Jeremy M. Williams Williams, Jeremy M. 132

Walking Among the Dead Michael J. East East, Michael J. 135

Wayne Kevin White White,Kevin 140

What the Public Doesn't See Bryan Muth Muth, Bryan 144

What's in the Shop Above the Garage? Pamela Monson Monson, Pamela 147

You Don't Understand! You're the Enemy! Rocky Warren Warren, Rocky 154

A Dark, Cold Night Scott Barthelmass Barthelmass, Scott 156

A Katrina Story Stacey Pearson Pearson, Stacey 161

A Lasting Impression Kevin J. Byrne Byrne, Kevin J. 165

Angel on the Table Don Whitehead Whitehead, Don 168

Another Beautiful Day Greg Brown Brown, Greg 173

Brown Eyes J. R. Davis Davis, J. R. 177

A Christmas Story Ponzio Oliverio Oliverio, Ponzio 182

Close Encounters of the "Cop" Kind Ron Corbin Corbin, Ron 186

Heaven's Little Policeman Keith Bettinger Bettinger, Keith 190

The Enemy Among Us John Milotzky Milotzky, John 195

Final Goodbye Paul Nanfito Nanfito, Paul 200

Happy Thanksgiving Randy Sutton Sutton, Randy 205

Terry Rich Forsey Forsey, Rich 213

Thank You Nathan Jacobs Jacobs, Nathan 217

Thank You For Protecting Me Scott Walker Walker, Scott 219

The King of Heroes Michael Summers Summers, Michael 222

Friday the Thirteenth John Wills Wills, John 226

Friday, I Cried Stan Talton Talton, Stan 231

Ride-Along Tim Dees Dees, Tim 234

10-13 Mos Edward V. Burmeister III Burmeister, Edward V., III 240

Suicide Ken Ramsey Ramsey, Ken 243

Talk to the Hand John W. Howsden Howsden, John W. 247

The Longest Day John Nordman Nordman, John 251

The Memorial Charles R. Martel Martel, Charles R. 259

The Loss of Innocence Jesse Roybal Roybal, Jesse 261

The Man in White Dan Simon Simon, Dan 266

The Mild Spring Morn Angelo L. Florio Florio, Angelo L. 271

Morale Booster Charles R. Martel Martel, Charles R. 274

Life Is Precious, Life Is Fragile Chuck Springer Springer, Chuck 276

I Believe Randy Sutton Sutton, Randy 281

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True Blue 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MaggieMaeBooks More than 1 year ago
This collection of first-person stories is an unvarnished look at the professional life of a law enforcement officer. Better yet, it's a look at how that professional life spills over into every aspect of an officer's personal life. One can't help but have greater respect for people who are true blue every day of their lives . . . they are held to a very high standard and deserve incredible respect. By the same token, given the honor and integrity displayed in these stories, one can't help but feel great pain for them when one of their own crosses that blue line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for a fabulous cause and a wonderful author. What I am about to write is a true story. I am in college and I was doing a paper about the lives of cops. I went to the local library and took out some books,' True Blue' and 'A Cops Life' also by Lt. Randy Sutton. I was reading the cover and found an e-mail for Randy Sutton. I thought gosh wouldn't it be great if I could get some first hand information for my paper. I decided to write him and explain what I was doing, never really thinking that I would hear back from him. Later that day I had an e-mail back from him saying he would be glad to help me and gave me his number so we could do a phone interview. Folks seriously this is the type of man he is. The full proceeds of this book are being donated to the families of the law enforcement officers killed on 9/11. Once you start reading it you won't be able to do anything else but take the time to read it all. It is that touching that moving and that powerful. You will not regret buying this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for anyone that is interesting in knowing what life as a police officer is like. The stories on the police officers that responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 offer a unique insight into what the officers experienced.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1 1/2 days! and being in law enforcement it really hit home. A must read!