True Blue: To Protect and Serve

True Blue: To Protect and Serve

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by Randy Sutton
     
 

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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.

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


Acknowledgments     ix
"In Valor There Is Hope"     xi
Introduction     xiii
A Senseless Act   Randy Sutton     1
Nothing Is Ever Routine   Stephen "Steve" Berg     9
Nicky and the Mustard Gas Caper; or, How Two ATF Agents Saved South Central Los Angeles   Ken Cates     11
Mr. Martinez's Christmas   Michael Hahn     18
Pigeons and Monkeys and Snakes, Oh My!   Thomas J. Cline     24
Little Johnny on the Front Porch   Clint W. McKean     30
Let Me Tell You a True Story   Robert V. Trevino     34
Just So You Know   Matt Walz     39
Part of the Job   Michael J. Warden     43
Just Another Car Stop   David R. DeKay     49
Jesse: A Case Study in Sexual Assault   Trinka Porrata     53
The Men Who Never Leave Your Side   Jerry D. Wolsey     61
It Was Just Business   Philip V. Bulone     67
I Hear Ya, Rick   Mike "Momo" Martinez     78
How Do I Find the Words?   Pat Jenkins     82
Heroes   Thomas E. Schulte Jr.     87
Heartbreaker   Jack M. Comeaux     92
Almost There   Joseph Loughlin     95
The Recidivists   Dick Kirby     98
The Ride of a Lifetime   Rick Jamison     103
The Road Race and the Fly   Jim Archuletta     108
The Sadness of It All   Brent Larson     116
The Shooting   Cory Hatch     119
Suicide by Cop   Robert Mladinich     124
Trapped While Wearing the Badge   Artie Rodriguez     128
Unwanted Male   Jeremy M. Williams     132
Walking Among the Dead   Michael J. East     135
Wayne   Kevin White     140
What the Public Doesn't See   Bryan Muth     144
What's in the Shop Above the Garage?   Pamela Monson     147
You Don't Understand! You're the Enemy!   Rocky Warren     154
A Dark, Cold Night   Scott Barthelmass     156
A Katrina Story   Stacey Pearson     161
A Lasting Impression   Kevin J. Byrne     165
Angel on the Table   Don Whitehead     168
Another Beautiful Day   Greg Brown      173
Brown Eyes   J. R. Davis     177
A Christmas Story   Ponzio Oliverio     182
Close Encounters of the "Cop" Kind   Ron Corbin     186
Heaven's Little Policeman   Keith Bettinger     190
The Enemy Among Us   John Milotzky     195
Final Goodbye   Paul Nanfito     200
Happy Thanksgiving   Randy Sutton     205
Terry   Rich Forsey     213
Thank You   Nathan Jacobs     217
Thank You for Protecting Me   Scott Walker     219
The King of Heroes   Michael Summers     222
Friday the Thirteenth   John Wills     226
Friday, I Cried   Stan Talton     231
Ride-Along   Tim Dees     234
10-13 MOS   Edward V. Burmeister III     240
Suicide   Ken Ramsey     243
Talk to the Hand   John W. Howsden     247
The Longest Day   John Nordman     251
The Memorial   Charles R. Martel     259
The Loss of Innocence   Jesse Roybal     261
The Man in White    Dan Simon     266
The Mild Spring Morn   Angelo L. Florio     271
Morale Booster   Charles R. Martel     274
Life Is Precious, Life Is Fragile   Chuck Springer     276
I Believe   Randy Sutton     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!