I'm Melissa.

11.23.2013 was the day I decided to change my life.

11.24.2013 was the day I worked on changing.

11.25.2013 at 3:00am, was when I did.

So now, I'm thanking some heroes by giving thanks to the rest that don't get their thank you's every day.

I want to become a police officer.

I also like discussing various issues that I find.

Law Enforcement, EMT, and FF blog.

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It’s Always Been A Matter Of Trust
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Engine Co 5, Michigan Ave, Chicago
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☀️G’morning peeps☀️ This pic captures two Rosenberg, TX PD officers playing a ‘lil 🏀2-on-2🏀 with neighborhood kids. Is there anything wrong with this pic? Apparently some community members felt as though their tax dollars weren’t being well-spent. Ive always felt that it’s better to spend a few minutes showing the youth that we are interested in them and care, rather than spending an hour booking them later, down the road. I’ve never passed a kid with a 🏈🏀⚾️ without at least saying “hello”, and if that leads to a few minutes of tossing the ball around, then Im okay with that. What are YOUR thoughts? #heart #police #lawenforcement #leo #officer #thinblueline #tbl #sheepdog #lapd #fire #emt #dispatcher #igers #fitfam #love #live #life #lift #laugh #happy #smile #inspire #inspiration #motivate #motivation #basketball #football #baseball by la_5_o http://ift.tt/1oRtlbI

I like this picture. As a taxpayer, it warms my heart to see officers taking time to interact with the people they serve. They get such a bad rap nowadays, and while it’s not always well-deserved, I think there are plenty of indiscretions that make their way into the public eye. Officers are people too. Most people don’t realize how much down time the officers sometimes have between runs and patrols and reports. I consider activities like this an investment in our community. No one deals with the police because they’re having a good day. They deal with the police when they’re sick, sad, scared, lost, confused, and heartbroken. Everyone either saw something, experienced something, or did something horrific. This is good PR for the departments but beyond that, it’s good for people to be reminded that the officers serving you come from your neighborhoods just like you. It builds a bond of trust, one that officers often struggle to earn. I think that if they don’t already (but I think most do) the officers should make an effort to get to know the people in their neighborhoods. Say hi by name, if possible. Communities themselves are one of the most important assets in crime solving and prevention, and the job of police is made that much easier if they trust each other and are willing to help. So to the people who complain because they feel this wastes taxpayer money, I wonder how they think it should be better spend if not building strong community relations.
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SAFD Museum with the family today! #safd #firefighters #familytime
Anonymous: So, what would your advice be for a bystander who witnesses a car moderate/ serious car accident. I've come upon the scene of a couple of accidents and am not sure what would be best (getting those involved out of smoking vehicles? But what about injuries? Should they move? CPR when non responsive? But what about possible spinal/ neck injuries?).



My first advice would be to make sure you yourself are safe. Car wrecks are dangerous places to be—vehicles can tilt or move, and traffic is extraordinarily dangerous. So make sure you can be safe. Make sure emergency services have been called and provided with good, accurate information (such as number of vehicles, if people are trapped, if there is fire, if victims are unresponsive, etc.).

If the vehicle is on fire, get everyone out. But be aware that a lot of the “smoke” associated with an accident is actually from the airbags (its mostly corn starch and the propellant that makes them expand).

If a person is unresponsive, has altered mental status, is drunk, has major injuries, or has neck pain, they shouldn’t move. Best thing you could do is hold their head in a  neutral, inline position with their spine until professional help gets there.

If a person isn’t breathing (at all, and you have to look-listen-feel for at least  10 seconds) then CPR would be a good idea to do. 

If they have significant bleeding (like its gushing like a faucet or spurting) then try to apply direct pressure to stop it. If it doesn’t, put a tourniquet on the extremity. Lots of things can be improvised into tourniquets.

The good news is that very, very few accidents have serious injuries. Most of the time, everyone is fine and you can help to reassure them, see if they need any help, and then clear out of the way for fire/law/ems.

Great advice!


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Fire Engines
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One of my coworkers shared this picture on Facebook.

This picture says so much.