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How community foundations can fund first responder training

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:00

Author: Therese Matthews

The shooting at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, opened the eyes of employees of that large corporation to the risks that police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics take every day to protect their communities. Within a week of that violent event, YouTube employees, Google and Google.org donated more than $280,000 to the San Bruno Community Foundation's First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative.

The initiative, which began only a month before the shooting, supports first responder effectiveness training and other programs in partnership with the San Bruno Police and Fire Departments. It started with an initial grant of $160,000 from the Foundation to the city of San Bruno. The grant was generated from the $70 million in restitution funds paid by Pacific Gas and Electric after the devastating 2010 pipeline explosion that rocked that community.

The purpose of San Bruno’s First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative

The San Bruno First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative aims to bolster the effectiveness of the city’s first responders, both in their daily interaction with the community and in the event of a serious disaster.

The pipeline explosion that birthed the San Bruno Community Foundation, along with the most recent shooting at the YouTube headquarters, led the Foundation to recognize the importance of giving first responders the tools and training that the city’s budget cannot support.

The funding will be used to support three main projects:

    Purchase of emergency shelter equipment and supplies to enable the city to operate an emergency shelter if needed. Conducting critical facility site assessments, incident action plans and joint public safety planning. This provides for training and technical assistance in preparation for potential natural disaster or other large-scale incidents. Deliver police officer mindfulness, compassion and resiliency training. This is a preventative measure to equip police officers to perform through occupational trauma with greater capacity for awareness, cognitive performance and humanity.

Not only will the funds support the equipment, supplies and training necessary for first responders to provide public safety to the community daily and in times of disaster, but these dollars will also focus on the individual police officer’s physical and mental health as they perform their duties.

How community foundations are funding police, first responders

Over the past few years, community foundations across the U.S. have established similar initiatives that recognize the importance of first responder effectiveness, providing grants, donations and other types of support. Here are a few examples:

Community Foundation of Texas – The Backing the Blue grant provides $15 million to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) to fund critical equipment, study best police practices and prepare leaders in the DPD to become better educated, better trained officers who effectively protect and serve the citizens of Dallas. Great Falls Police Community Foundation – Established by business and civic leaders in this Montana community, funding is dedicated to help the Great Falls Police Department keep pace with rapidly evolving technology, strategies and training. Videos created with the funding highlight the risks and challenges officers face daily. Code3 – The Code3 Foundation is focused on the Metro Washington D.C. area and has supported numerous projects to educate, equip and empower police with tools and resources, while also creating conditions for officers and community members to work together. Among its many awarded grants includes one to the Prince William County Police Department to establish a Wellness and Resiliency Unit. Honolulu Community Police Foundation – Supports police officers, their families and the community, strengthening the services, organization and performance of the Honolulu Police Department. How police departments can work with community foundations

You can find community foundations throughout the country. As the name implies, these philanthropic organizations are established to support statewide, regional or local communities. They can serve as a resource for your police department, so encourage them to allocate funding for “effectiveness initiatives” similar to those being implemented in San Bruno. Here are five ways to accomplish this:

    Research which community foundation(s) represents your area. The Foundation Center is a great source. Develop talking points highlighting the importance of an effectiveness program to your officers and the community as a whole. Cite examples of similar community foundation initiatives. Contact your local foundation and speak to a program officer. Invite your local foundation to send representatives to events you are holding in your community. Attend local Chamber of Commerce meetings, as community foundations are often represented on these boards.

The partnership you establish with your community foundation could help fund an effectiveness initiative for your department, providing valuable tools and training to better prepare your officers for the challenges they face protecting your communities.


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Suspect in Slayings of Kansas Deputies Now in Jail

Officer.com - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:00
The man earlier identified by sources as the inmate who allegedly shot and killed two Wyandotte County deputies was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday.
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Mechanicville Man arrested on Bench Warrant.

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:58
Troopers from SP Latham arrest former Troy man on a bench warrant issued by the City of Albany Court.

 

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PA man arrested after found to be driving stolen car

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:49
On June 20, 2018 at about 8:38 a.m., New York State Police at Gateway arrested Leif T. Adkins, age 41, of Fulton, PA for the felony Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the 4th degree.  He was also issued several traffic tickets. 

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Trijicon Licenses OASYS Thermal Imaging and Aiming Technology from BAE Systems

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:49

Trijicon Inc., a global provider of innovative aiming solutions, has announced it will license BAE Systems’ OASYS thermal imaging and aiming technology. This new licensing agreement will enhance Trijicon’s expanding product portfolio for commercial, military and law enforcement customers around the world.

With this technology license, Trijicon will be positioned to provide the OASYS line of compact, high-performance thermal imaging and aiming monoculars, weapon sights, and binoculars. To accelerate Trijicon’s business position, BAE Systems will also sell its current OASYS inventory to Trijicon. Going forward, Trijicon and BAE Systems will continue to collaborate to help maintain product quality, transfer manufacturing and operations knowledge, and develop a potential product roadmap.

“We look forward to building on the OASYS portfolio, working closely with BAE Systems to maintain quality and performance, and making the products accessible to a larger customer base,” said Stephen Bindon, president of Trijicon. “The addition of OASYS products to our existing thermal portfolio is a natural next step for our business. We are excited to expand our relationship with BAE Systems and proud to be able to offer this platform to our customers.”

The OASYS electro optic product line uses uncooled thermal technology to deliver innovative imaging and aiming products that provide infrared thermal detection of targets to deliver heightened situational awareness to operators, Trijicon says.

“There is strong demand and an untapped market for the OASYS products," Paul Markwardt, VP and GM of survivability, targeting, and sensing solutions at BAE Systems says. "We believe that Trijicon’s business model will enable them to unlock this market potential while continuing to provide competitive, high-performance offerings to BAE Systems’ current and future OASYS customers.”

State, county, and local law enforcement customers in the United States and Canada can contact Trijicon at 1-800-338-0563. Federal agencies can contact Trijicon at 1-703-445-1600, extension 2132.

 

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FLIR Introduces New Nano UAV for Law Enforcement and Military Operators

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:49

FLIR Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of the Black Hornet 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use by law enforcement and military users. The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) is the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), and FLIR’s next generation Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV adds the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments, enabling the user to maintain situational awareness, threat detection, and surveillance no matter where the mission takes them.

The Black Hornet PRS has been fielded by over 30 nations over the past seven years and continues to represent the cutting-edge in the combat nano-UAS space, giving small combat units, SWAT teams, and first responders immediately available intelligence, target-acquisition, and reconnaissance capability. At 32 grams, the Black Hornet 3 offers the lowest size, weight, and performance of any available UAS. The Black Hornet 3 can fly 2 kilometers at speeds of over 21 kilometers an hour. The Black Hornet 3 also incorporates sharper imaging processing featuring the FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera core and a visible sensor to allow greater image fidelity. The design also features an improved encrypted military-approved digital datalink, enabling seamless communications and imagery significantly beyond line-of-sight and in closed areas.

Additionally, the Black Hornet 3 seamlessly integrates into the Android Tactical Assault Kit utilized by the military to provide battlefield networks and distribution of information to anyone on the network.

“We are excited to bring this advanced Black Hornet 3 to our warfighters and first responders,” said James Cannon, president and CEO of FLIR. “With longer range and indoor flight capabilities, the latest generation Black Hornet provides full surveillance coverage continuity to the mission. The Black Hornet 3 is representative of FLIR’s new focus on providing full-solution technology, and we look forward to playing a role in helping modernize our military customers.”

Last week, FLIR announced it had been awarded a $2.6 million order from the United States Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program to deliver the Black Hornet in a first batch order. Units delivered for the SBS program, in addition to units recently deployed by the Australian Army and French Armed Forces, will be the Black Hornet 3.

The Black Hornet 3, which includes two UAV sensors, a controller, and display, is sold directly through FLIR and is available today to military, government agencies, and law enforcement customers.  For more information about the Black Hornet 3, visit www.flir.com/blackhornet.

 

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LAPD Launches Electronic Bike Program

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:49

Retiring LAPD  Chief Charlie Beck has announced a pilot program  that includes a custom-designed fleet of 20 Bulls Sentinel eBikes. The program is part of the department’s ongoing green initiative.

The Bulls Sentinel eBikes are capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 mph across varying terrains. The company says it worked closely with the LAPD over a nine-month RFP process to build eBikes to meet the specific needs of the department’s urban law enforcement and patrol division, giving LAPD the largest eBike fleet in the nation.

Features of the new LAPD eBikes include:

* Pedal assist with speed up to 28 mph

* Bosch Performance Speed motor

* Aluminum frame designed for easy mounting and dismounting when carrying police gear

* Brake cables routed externally for easy and fast service maintenance

* 180 x 200mm Magura hydraulic rotor discs for aggressive braking

* Schwalbe Super Moto tires that ensure a smooth ride and stronger puncture protection

* Rock Shox Pike heavy-duty front suspension for better handling in urban settings

* Black color for stealthy operations

 

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Texas Department of Public Safety Selects SIG P320 as Duty Handgun

Police Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:49

The Texas Department of Public Safety has selected the SIG Sauer P320 as its official service firearm throughout its divisions.

The Texas DPS is the statewide agency responsible for law enforcement and vehicle registration headquartered in Austin. It is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country and is comprised of 13 divisions including the Texas Highway Patrol, and the Texas Rangers.

“We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Texas Department of Public Safety and honored that they have chosen the SIG Sauer P320 as their official service firearm,” says Tom Jankiewicz, EVP of law enforcement sales for SIG Sauer. “The modularity and ability to customize the P320 pistol, combined with the ultimate in reliability and accuracy, made it the right choice for the diverse needs, across all divisions, for the Texas Department of Safety.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact versions. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, .40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLite Night Sights. The 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

Texas DPS will acquire 4,000 P320 pistols for official service use throughout the Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID), Aircraft Division, Executive Protection Bureau, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Texas Rangers, SWAT, and Special Operations Group.

“To earn the confidence of such a highly revered law enforcement agency is truly a privilege for all of us within the SIG Sauer organization. We value and appreciate the opportunity to assist the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety in carrying out its mission—to protect and serve the citizens of Texas,” Jankiewicz says.

 

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Colesville man arrested for violating order of protection

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:47
On June 20, 2018 at about 11:25 a.m., New York State Police at Binghamton arrested David L. Sarauw, age 28, of Colesville, NY for the felony of Criminal Contempt in the 1st degree. 

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Cortland man arrested for driving while impaired by drugs

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:46
On June 20, 2018 at about 5:36 p.m., New York State Police at Homer arrested Jeffrey S. Craig, age 41, of Cortland, NY for the misdemeanor of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Drugs. 

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Worcester woman arrested after drugs located in her possession

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:44
On June 20, 2018 at approximately 6:23 p.m., New York State Police at Oneonta arrested Heather D. Koncelik, age 37, of Worcester, NY for two counts of the misdemeanor Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree. 

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Suspect in slaying of Kan. deputies now in jail, charges forthcoming

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:32

Author: Therese Matthews

By Max Londberg The Kansas City Star

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. — The man earlier identified by sources as the inmate who allegedly shot and killed two Wyandotte County deputies was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Wednesday, according to jail records.

Antoine Fielder, 30, was booked on aggravated robbery charges without the possibility to bond out. No court date is listed.

Paul Nonnast, a spokesman for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, said Fielder "is temporarily being housed at our detention center at the request of Wyandotte County."

He added that such a request is not uncommon "in this type of situation."

The sources told The Star that Fielder was the inmate in transit after a court date in Division 9 of Wyandotte County Court when he allegedly overtook the two deputies last week. Officials believe he may have obtained a gun from one of the deputies.

Deputies Patrick Rohrer and Theresa King were killed.

Fielder was also shot and transported to a hospital in the incident. His condition was not released.

Kansas City, Kan., Police Chief Terry Zeigler confirmed in a tweet that Fielder is the alleged shooter.

"Detectives have been working diligently to wrap things up & anticipate presenting the case to the DA for the filing of charges by the end of the week," Zeigler tweeted in response to an article about Fielder.

Before the shooting, Fielder was being held in Wyandotte County on multiple charges from Dec. 29, 2017, including aggravated assault, aggravated battery and aggravated criminal sodomy. He was being held on $500,000 bond on each charge.

Fielder was charged in the 2015 killing of an Overland Park woman. He went to trial twice in Wyandotte County on first-degree murder charges, but mistrials were declared when juries twice could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Prosecutors dismissed the charge against Fielder after the second hung jury and he was freed from jail. Then in April, prosecutors in Jackson County, Mo., charged Fielder with murder in the Dec. 26 killing of a woman whose body was found in the 600 block of Spruce Avenue.

Rick Whitby, a retired chief deputy in the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office who worked with both King and Rohrer honored them during a visitation Wednesday.

“(They were) without a doubt dedicated officers,” Whitby said. “They did their jobs, did it well.”

©2018 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)


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Auburn man gets arrested for UPM.

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:44
On June 21, 2018, Troopers out of SP Auburn arrested Patrick L. Rumsey, 41, of Auburn, New York for unlawful possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle without a valid registration and inadequate stop lights.
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Teen in 'Making a Murderer' Asks High Court to Take His Case

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:35
NewsSixteen-year-old Brendan Dassey's confession—seen by viewers nationwide as part of the Netflix series "Making a Murderer"—should never have been used to convict him, his lawyers say, and they're hoping the Supreme Court agrees to take his case. They say the Wisconsin teen, who has been called a "slow learner" and "borderline intellectually disabled," was pressured into a false confession.Contributed Author: Jessica Gresko, Associated PressTopics: Witness Testimony
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Trudeau: Canada to Legalize Marijuana on Oct. 17

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:32
NewsMarijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.Contributed Author: Rob Gillies, Associated PressTopics: Toxicology
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Mother of 4-year-old Boy Arrested, Admits She Dumped Body

Forensic Magazine - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:27
NewsThe mother of a 4-year-old boy whose naked body was found on a South Texas beach last year admitted to authorities that she beat him and denied him medical care after he suffered a head injury from running into a wall, then drove to Galveston in the middle of the night and dumped the body in the water, according to court documents.Contributed Author: Ryan Tarinelli, Associated Press
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Police video from Las Vegas shooting shows chaos, confusion

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:16

By Regina Garcia Cano and Michelle L. Price Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Police body camera videos released Wednesday show the chaos and confusion Las Vegas police officers and first responders faced at a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as waves of wounded and fleeing concert-goers sought help.

One 30-minute video shows an officer inside the venue as hundreds of people are fleeing and volleys of gunfire can be heard overhead. A dozen people are piled against each other seeking shelter behind a tall sign. The officer joins them, hiding behind the sign until there's a break in the shooting and he and another officer yell for the group to start running.

"I have a girl that's shot in the neck," someone said as the gunfire starts up again.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released 23 videos and 130 audio files, including 911 calls, on Wednesday without comment. The FBI in Las Vegas also declined to comment.

It's the department's seventh batch of public records selected for release regarding the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting that left 58 people dead. They are being released under a court order in a lawsuit from several media organizations, including The Associated Press.

At one point during the 30-minute video inside the venue, the officer and others are running for cover in a large tent past people still crouching or laying on the ground. The officer and someone else yell for people to run toward them and out the back to safety. The gunfire gets louder and appears to be right overhead as people inside scream and hit the floor.

One woman appears to be shot and the officer helps carry her out.

Video from another officer who was near the site of the country music festival shows pickup trucks coming by with the wounded and others piled in the bed in the back. The officer directs the trucks to trauma centers and then takes more injured people to the hospital in the back of his own police cruiser.

One video shows an officer pulling up and getting out of her SUV near an ambulance as a group of people are walking nearby talking on cellphones and looking around, appearing to be in a daze.

"Ma'am? Where do we go?" one woman asks the officer.

"Just keeping going. Just keeping going," she replies as the woman starts running.

A pickup truck drives by, filled inside and in the back with people.

"We've got gunshot wounds here," someone says as the officer and a man nearby help lift a woman out of the back of the truck.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has said the investigation hasn't identified a motive for the shooting that also injured more than 800. The gunman, Stephen Paddock, killed himself before police reached him inside a high-rise casino-hotel room.

Authorities say Paddock acted alone, and no link has been found to international terrorism.

Police lawyers are appealing to the state Supreme Court a Las Vegas judge's order for documents to be made public.

The state high court in April rejected a bid by police to delay the release of records, including officer body camera videos, 911 recordings, evidence logs and written interview reports.


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Wellsburg Troopers Arrest Endicott Man for Drug Possession

State - NY Police - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:16
On June 20, 2018 Wellsburg based State Police arrested an Endicott man for Drug Possession.
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SRO wounded in Texas school shooting heads home from hospital

Police One - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:06

By St. John Barned-Smith Houston Chronicle

SANTA FE, Texas — John Barnes was rushed to the emergency room on a gurney, barely alive, in the chaos and blood that came with the Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18.

Thirty-three days later, on Wednesday, he walked out of TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, ready to go home.

“I just want to sit on the porch and smoke a cigar,” Barnes said, chuckling. A whiskey sounded good, too.

But the 49-year old Santa Fe ISD police officer won’t get either for quite some time. A formidable recovery looms.

As he left the hospital, he wore a checkered blue shirt, shorts and sneakers, and an Astros cap to ward off any rain from the gathering clouds above. His arm was wrapped in a sling, and a metal contraption drilled into the arm kept his shattered forearm steady. Stubble lined his cheeks, his hair was cropped short.

The veteran police officer faces months of additional rehabilitation and therapy after the shooting, which left 10 people dead and Barnes and 12 others wounded.

A high school junior was arrested and faces capital murder charges.

‘All hell breaks loose’

That Friday in May, Barnes had headed toward the back of the school to investigate a noise disturbance with his fellow officer Gary Forward close behind. He’d started the job just a few months before, after more than two decades with the Houston Police Department.

At first, the long hallways and closed classrooms concealed the sounds of the gunshots.

“When we started going down the hall, nobody heard that,” he said. “Then all hell breaks loose. Within 10 to 15 seconds, it’s happening.”

Someone pulled a fire alarm. He smelled something acrid in the air.

Then a shotgun blast tore through his elbow, shredding his artery. He watched his blood spill across the floor.

“It was shooting out of me like a movie scene — like something from Quentin Tarantino, just pouring out of my arm,” he said. “I knew it was really bad.”

Barnes staggered back to his friend, trying to stay calm. Forward, the department’s assistant chief, slipped a tourniquet around the damaged elbow and pulled it tight, stemming the bleeding long enough to pull him out of the line of fire. They both knew the shooter might round the corner at any moment.

His voice caught as he recalled the moment.

“Gary Forward saved my life,” he said. “He put that tourniquet on me. Had he not done that, I would have bled out within minutes. Had he not been right there with me, I would have died.”

Chaotic minutes later, other officers who’d rushed to the scene dragged the 288-pound officer outside, where a LifeFlight helicopter picked him up and rushed him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

“I knew if I could get on LifeFlight, I would make it,” he said.

He told himself to keep breathing. “If I was breathing, I was living. I just focused on breathing.”

Against all odds

Barnes flatlined twice — once in the helicopter and once in the operating room.

Barnes’ wife, Ashley Barnes, said the shotgun blast turned his elbow into “a jigsaw puzzle.”

At UTMB, he underwent three surgeries. Doctors used a vein from his leg to reconnect the damaged artery and restore blood flow to his arm, and grafted skin from his leg over the gaping wounds in his arm. They filled him with pint after pint of blood to replace all that he had lost. They fitted him with an “external fixator,” drilling through his arm and immobilizing his elbow with a metal brace.

Doctors would come and watch. They told Ashley they’d never seen someone so sick survive.

He remained intubated for 10 days. At first, they were worried he might have suffered serious brain damage from the blood loss. But he began talking again, and initial memory problems began to fade away.

Little by little, he began to improve.

“When they saw him awake and he was kind of talking, it blew their minds,” said Ashley, an assistant principal at another Santa Fe ISD school.

On June 6, he was transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann.

As he started to recover from his physical injuries, he also has had to grapple with what happened. The trauma is still raw, and when he talks, he often grows emotional thinking about it.

“I wanted to know I did it right. I wanted to know no one got shot or injured because of the actions I took,” he said. “I was right there, Gary was right there, we were both right there — I know that saved a lot of lives.”

Fatigue strikes him at random, he has shooting pains in his hand. But he can wiggle his fingers and move his thumb, something he could not do a few weeks ago.

Medicine has blunted his appetite. He’s lost 30 pounds in the ordeal.

He likes to make light of it.

“My wife says I don’t have (a butt) anymore,” he said.

Back at home

He walked out of TIRR on Wednesday morning to find a dozen police officers from Galveston County, Santa Fe ISD and the Houston Police Department waiting to escort him home. In his League City neighborhood, a fire truck hoisted an American flag high in his honor.

He choked up watching. Several dozen people cheered his arrival, waving signs and flags.

Officer Barnes is home! The Santa Fe Police Officer was greeted with a special, warm welcome today. We wish him the best as he continues to recover and send him our #LCLove pic.twitter.com/KeOB7W50Ou

— LeagueCityTX (@LeagueCityTX) June 20, 2018

For the Barnes family, it was a relief to finally be home and regain a measure of control.

“It’s like there’s a huge weight on my back, and to have a portion taken off,” said Luke, 14, as his dad rested in the family’s living room.

Barnes and his family wrestle with a collision of feelings. They are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from their friends, neighbors and even people they don’t know.

People across the country have sent cards wishing him well, one as far away as San Jose, California. When his kids go places, people thank them, he said.

But they are also private people, unused to such attention.

WELCOME HOME: He confronted the Santa Fe High School shooter and nearly died | Now, after a month healing in the hospital, Officer John Barnes made his way home to a hero's welcome: https://t.co/4ifzP5awnq #ThankYouOfficerBarnes pic.twitter.com/6dKjCxonax

— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 20, 2018

“That totally threw me on my back,” Barnes said. “I really want people to know I felt all of that support and it has helped in my recovery a great deal. Me and my family greatly appreciate that.”

Just before noon, his friends stood talking with him for a few minutes, then said goodbye. Dixie, his border collie, skittered across the living room floor, trying to convince him to play fetch. Barnes sat down, rested his damaged arm on a pillow, and took a few bites of a sandwich Ashley had made for him.

He didn’t do anything special, he said. Certainly nothing his colleagues wouldn’t have done themselves.

In a few months, once his right arm is stronger and his hand has recovered, he’ll walk outside and sit on his porch.

He’ll pour out a finger of Makers 46, hold the glass in his right hand, and take a sip.

©2018 the Houston Chronicle


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