BATTLE OF THE BADGES
Just a friendly fight over blood donations Drive pits law enforcement against fire and rescue for a good cause MIKE BROWNLEE Staff Writer email@example.com (712) 325-5732
The friendly rivalry between law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel continues on May 19, and for a good cause. The third-annual Battle of the Badges blood drive pits the Council Bluffs Police Department and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office against the Council Bluffs Fire Department as both sides encourage donations to the American Red Cross. “It’s just a really good cause,” said Capt. Terry LeMaster of the Council Bluffs Police Department. “We feel it’s the right thing to do.” April Oppliger, communications program manager for the Red Cross, said members on both sides are encouraging colleagues, family and friends to donate blood the day of the contest. “Each donor at the drive
will say if they’re for law enforcement or the fire department and points will be accrued,” Oppliger said. “The Red Cross works alongside our first responders on a regular basis. This is another way to partner.” The first two years of the event combined Council Bluffs and Omaha departments, but for 2011 the competitions been separated. Bragging rights currently belong to law enforcement, the two-time defending champions of the event. “We have the trophy at our station this year,” LeMaster said. LeMaster and his wife, Kathy, a police department employee, head up the police side of the competition and with good reason. “When our daughter, Val, was born 24 years ago he needed several blood transfusions. So we know the blood that is donated is important,” Kathy said. “(Terry and I) work with a great of people who like
to help and do their part.” Oppliger said the help is much appreciated. “It’s a huge for us. During the summer the need for blood doesn’t go away, but sometimes donors do. Kids are out of school, there are vacations, people are busy. it make’s it a difficult time for us,” she said. “We always want to have a sufficient blood supply, and this helps as we enter leaner months.” The Loess Hills Red Cross, (address), is hosting the blood drive, which will go from noon until 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, while advance appointments may be made at www.redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code 2569). For more information contact Kathy LeMaster at (712) 328-4728. The winning teams from Council Bluffs and Omaha will be announced and honored at the Creighton-Missouri State baseball game at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on May 20. “There’s always a natural rivalry between law enforcement and fire and rescue,” Oppliger said. “This is a way to stoke that rivalry for a good cause.”
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Terry LeMaster, left, and Greg Becker hold the Battle of the Badges blood drive trophy that the Council Bluffs Police Department has won the past two years. This year’s blood drive is scheduled for Thursday, May 19.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
‘WAKES A GUY UP. IT’S A GREAT CAUSE, SO IT’S WORTH A FEW MINUTES OF MISERY TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED.’
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Team Salty Dog walks arm in arm into frigid waters of Lake Manawa not only once but twice during the March 20 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Iowa. Special Olympics Iowa is one charity that local law enforcement support and raise money for each year.
Their time and their talents Officers, deputies and troopers contribute to many causes in the community STORY BY CHAD NATION
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aw enforcement officials not only protect citizens on the streets, but also serve in numerous other capacities. Whether it is shopping with an underprivileged child for a Christmas present or jumping in freezing water for Special Olympics athletes, deputies, police officers and state troopers give freely of their time and talents.
Council Bluffs Police Officer Greg Becker recently collected old, narrow-banded radios that were not being used to send to border patrol and police officers in Afghanistan. Becker said when the War on Terror started, U.S. military personnel began to ask for old law enforcement communications equipment for the fledging Afghanistan forces through law enforcement publications. Through Silver Star Families – a group dedicated to honoring and assisting wounded, injured and ill service members – Becker made contact with Major John Ruckauf. Ruckauf said in April that the Afghans the military is partnered with didn’t have any communications except cellphones, and the cellphone coverage is very inconsistent too. Becker knew that the new Pottawattamie County communications system made several older radios obsolete, so he contacted the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and the Council Bluffs Fire Department. Becker received 17 radios from the sheriff’s office and six more radios from the fire department, along with batteries, charges and related equipment. By now, the radios are hopefully in the hands of those who needed them. “It might sound corny, but the quicker we get Afghans to be self-sufficient, the quicker our guys can come home, and that’s the whole purpose,” Becker said. He is still checking on finding more radios to send, and he has already paid the postage out of his pocket for two shipments. “It is the least I can do,” he said. More officers joined in philanthropy in March as a group of more than 100 people
braved the brisk waters of Lake Manawa in March for the fifth annual Council Bluffs Polar Plunge. Plungers donned bathrobes and shower caps, hula skirts, pink shoes, bikinis and bath caps. Male members of the Salty Dog bar team wore women’s bathing suits, while the “House Divided” team featured divers in Iowa Hawkeye and Nebraska Cornhusker gear. Council Bluffs Police Sgt. Jason Bailey, who falls on the Husker side of the divide, said the plunge was refreshing, but cold. “Wakes a guy up,” he said. “It’s a great cause, so it’s worth a few minutes of misery to help people in need.” Proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Iowa, which provides sports training to nearly 11,000 Iowans with intellectual disabilities. Last year about $15,000 was raised, according to organizer John Focht, and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jason Bardsley said a final tally this year will top last year’s. Focht, a Council Bluffs police officer, said his department and the Iowa State Patrol worked together, along with Special Olympics Iowa, to plan the event. A cousin with Down syndrome helped bring greater meaning for the event to Officer Troy McIntosh, who plunged with the Council Bluffs Police Department “Frozen Bacon Five” team. “People often don’t see and think of people with special needs,” he said. “But as officers, we see them all the time and they deserve everyone’s support. “It’s good to see Council Bluffs come together for this event.”
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The Council Bluffs Police Department patrol cars can be seen at many events.
Every day that a police officer or firefighter goes out to work, he or she knows there is always a chance they might not go home at the end of the shift. Each year, local law enforcement officers remember and honor these officers and other who have also fallen on Peace Officers Memorial Day. As part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, May 15-21, a Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor the area’s fallen officers will be held at Refuge Bible Church, 634 Willow Ave., on Thursday at 7 p.m. Prior to the service, a proclamation will be read at the Council Bluffs Police Department at 6:30 p.m. After the service, the police department will recognize their “Officer of the Year” and the Citizens Police Academy graduates. The public is invited to attend. Ten area law enforcement officers have fallen in the line of duty: Council Bluffs Police officers killed include: ■ Patrol Driver Charles Platner, age unknown, died Sept. 3, 1905. Platner was shot trying to stop a burglary on Sept. 2. He died the next day as a result of his injuries. ■ Detective George Wilson, 50, died July 29, 1907. Wilson was shot by a suspect fleeing from the scene of another shooting on July 28. He died the next day. ■ Sgt. Wilber Webb Miller, 35, died May 1, 1935. Miller was shot during a running gunfight with two armed robbers on April 30. He died the next day. ■ Lt. C.E. Pat Moore, 51, died June 30, 1971, Moore was shot after a bank robbery when he went into a house of Fifth Avenue where the robbery suspects were holding a hostage. ■ Officer Ronald Roberts, 29, died Oct. 24, 1974. Roberts was struck by a car at the intersection of 35th Street and West Broadway while directing traffic during a rainstorm. He died as a result of his injuries. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputies who fell in the line of duty include: ■ Deputy Clarence Woolman, 35, died March 25, 1911. Woolman was taking a prisoner to Ft. Madison when the two stopped overnight. Somehow the prisoner was able to get Woolman’s weapon, and he was shot trying to get it back. ■ Chief Deputy Duane Otto, 41, died Oct. 8, 1981. While trying to enter a house in Minden where a man with a gun had barricaded himself, a porch collapsed and fell on top of him. He died later that day as a result of his injuries. Iowa State Patrol troopers killed include: ■ Trooper Harold Klinkefus, age unknown, died May 18, 1949. Klinkefus was in his patrol car on U.S. Highway 34, four miles east of Red Oak, when a semi jack-knifed and went out of control. The trailer crashed into the side and top of Klinkefus’s patrol car. He died minutes later. ■ Trooper Stanley Gerling, 34, and Trooper/Pilot Lance Dietsch, 30, died June 30, 1989. Both troopers were trying to locate an elderly man who had wandered away from his Cass County nursing home. The airplane crashed vertically into the ground while turning sharply after the troopers spotted the man in a soybean field below.
Local law enforcement rosters Council Bluffs Police Department Chief Ralph O’Donnell Captains: Donna Gray, Terrance LeMaster, Robert L. Miller and Scott Milner. Lieutenants: Robert Brietzke, David Dollen, Daniel Flores, Ray Mabbitt and Todd Weddum. Sergeants: Jason Bailey, Robert Christensen, David Dawson, Mark Galvan, Charles Gorman, Keith Jones, Christopher Leber, Chad Meyers, Patrick Norris, Benjamin Roth, Gregory Schultz, Mark Stuart, Patrick Toscano and Dale Wissler. Officers: Mark Alba, Ronald Albers, Christopher Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, Steven Andrews, Mark Archibald, Joseph Bader, James Becker, Ty Boldra, Hayley Bloom, Travis Bradley, Ronald Branigan, Matthew Brinkman, Darren Budd, Bret Burns, David Burns, Edward Carlson, Gregory Casey, Gregory Chase, Jon Clark, Matthew Cushing, Paul Damrow, Brandon Danielson, Erich Davis, Brandon Diederich, Robert Dobyns, Matthew Dyer, Mark Elonich, John Focht, Manda Frieze, Paul Galus, Chad Geer, Kenneth Goltl, Aaron Gutierrez, Scott Halbrook, Brian Hamilton, Amber Hanner, Dustin Harris, Scott Harter, M.S. Hernandez, Ryan Herr, Patricia Higgins, Christopher Hite, Joshua Horner, Joseph Hothersall, John Huey, Joshua Hughes, Steven Jacobs, Travis Jarzynka, Robert Jepsen, Daniel Kelley, Matthew Kuhlmann, Shawn Landon, Aaron Legband, Jackie Loghry, Keith Long-
necker, Roger Mallow, Douglas Mann, Ian Mass, Kenneth McClure, Troy McIntosh, Brian McKeon, Robert G. Miller, Jared Poore, Jillian Popek, Nathan Powles, Robert Radford, Michael Roberts, Ted Roberts, Raymond Robinson, Ted Rummel, Catherine Russell, Dale Schmitz, Dana Schott, Craig Schuetze, Joseph Selander, Gary Self, Robert Sellers, Dean Sharp, James Springman, Richard Stehly, Daniel Stuck, Gerald Wake, Jacob Wilson, Cory Woodward, Bradley Wright and Ronald Zika. Civilian Personnel: Peggy Anderson, Rorella Baxter, Rhonda Bloom, Douglas Branigan, Beth Brewster, Joyce Clark, Carol Curts, Tracy Dragoun, Jamin Fletcher, Susan Garcia, Kasey Gizler, Julie Good, Jessica Higgins, Linda Hoel, Stacey Kliegl, Brianna Kramer, Katherine LeMaster, Patricia Osier, Alyssa Peterson, Roseanne Rollins, Jeffrey Saathoff and Beverly Wise. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Jeff Danker Chief Deputy: Jim Matthai Captain John Reynolds Lieutenant: Patrick McGinn Sergeants: Samuel Arkfeld, Pam Bogardus, Andrew Brown, James Harvey, Dwayne Riche and Christopher Weber. Corporals: Rob Ambrose, Nick Amdor, Rich Forristall, Marc Freeman and Joshua Kirlin. Deputies: Ryan Avis, Steve
Barrier, Danielle Bentzinger, Tom Bernemann, Travis Breitkreutz, Nate Brensel, Mark Burbridge, Jim Doty, Kurt Ferguson, Chad Freeberg, Vince Guyer, Pennie Haven, Tim Kealy, Jahn Kirlin, Eric Hempel, Anthony Leick, Jason LeMaster, Brian Loomis, Christopher McCoy, Brian Miller, Patrick Morgan, Rob O’Doniel, Aaron Pattee, Gary Reed, Eric Rogers, Aaron Soucie, Travis Steffens, John Wilson, Steve Winchell and Rex Woodbury. Crime Scene Technician: Katie Pattee Criminal Records Technician: Carma Dufford Civil Clerks: Taralee Mattox and Kimberly Robertson Office Assistant: Rikayla Redding Office Coordinator: Linda Hensley Iowa State Patrol Post No. 3 Lieutenant Mike Miller Sergeants: Martin McCreedy, Bryan Michelsen, David Rosenberg and Micheal Wesack Troopers: Jason Bardsley, Brian Beenen, Jeffrey Brockman, Wayne Brosam, R. Boyd Burn, Ryan DeVault, J. Kevin Farver, Bryan Funk, Todd Granner, Kenneth Hass, John Hitchcock, Jeremy Hilt, Michael Hoy, Kenneth Jensen, Kevin Johnson, Robert Kinser, Timothy Koso, M. Shawn McCunn, J. Scott Miller, Corey Moore, Aaron Nordyke, Scott Pigsley, Timothy Sieleman, Kenneth Toms, Kevin Veon and Craig Zenor. Secretary: Marilyn Thornton
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