Stranger Than Fiction – Florida Edition

There are many things that contribute to crime being prevented and criminals being caught. More often than not, both occur as a result of the arrogance/ignorance of the offender mixed with some blind luck. The ‘good police work’ comes in how the arrest is effected and the post arrest investigations are conducted. In the post 9/11 era, you’ve seen virtually all law enforcement agencies adopt some form of a ‘See something, say something” campaign, basically […]

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Brothers Before Others Remembers – New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster

It feels like I’m constantly giving the same disclaimers but, what the hell, here we go again. Brothers Before Others is a national law enforcement 501C(3) charity comprised of active/retired sworn law enforcement personnel. Every minute, dollar and ounce of energy dedicated to the work being done, including the articles and posts written on our public social media platforms, are the product of donations. From our President/Founder down, there is not one paid employee of […]

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The Parting Glass – A Farewell to a Fallen Hero

If you pop into a bar in anywhere USA in the days following a line of duty death, there is good chance you will find a lone glass placed in front of an empty chair; usually accompanied by a short handwritten note. The ‘parting glass’. The concept of the parting glass has been around since the late 1600’s/early 1700’s. As a family member or loved one was preparing to leave a gathering, they were given […]

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‘A Night to Unite’ – A Night for the Ages

Now that a few weeks have passed and Thanksgiving is in the rearview, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to recap what was, hands down, one of the most amazing law enforcement gatherings in recent times. Already monsters in the law enforcement and charity games, when Brothers Before Others Founder/President Michael Burke joined forces with The Blue Magazine CEO Daniel Del Valle and Moment of Silence Inc. President Steve Olimpio, a perfect storm was created. With help […]

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The Enemy Within

Full disclosure: just like everything else with this charity, all that you see is done by police officers; active or retired. ALL of it is volunteer. None of us are ‘writers’. It’s that lack of formal training or polish that has generated authenticity and pure emotion. Today’s rant will be more of the same. Our thoughts tend to ramble sometimes and they don’t always compress properly, but you can trust and believe that what you […]

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BBO ‘Assembles for Amy’ – 2019 NYC Tunnel to Towers

For the second year in a row, Brothers Before Others entered a team in the NYC Tunnel to Towers 5k that topped 150+ members. This year our team ran as ‘Team Caprio’, running in honor of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Sorrells Caprio who was killed in the line of duty in May of 2018. Our team was honored to play host to several members of Amy’s family, including her parents, husband, sister, best friend. coworkers and her […]

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A Tale of Two Cities: BBO Honors Asbury Park Police Detective April Bird and Detroit Police Sergeant Kenneth Steil

Brothers Before Others Founder and President Michael Burke pondered over his drink, “Ya know. Once you tell someone, ‘I’ll never forget’, you have to remember that never means FOREVER.” The look on Michael’s face was one of determined exhaustion. As a charity founded on the goal of sending a floral arrangement to every line of duty death in the country, a task that we’ve flawlessly accomplished since 2014, it’s tragically hard to keep up with […]

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‘Night to Unite IV’ – The Brotherhood and Benevolence Ball

‘Night to Unite’. A seemingly simple statement that holds a much deeper meaning to those who wear a shield. There is no denying that the law enforcement community is under attack from all angles these days. Discrediting and disrespecting a police officer is more commonplace and accepted these days than shaking one’s hand. Since the first installment of these gatherings, BBO’s Founder and President Michael Burke had a basic blue print. The goal was to […]

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The Importance of 9/11 Remembrance for the Next Generation

Time is relentless. This year will mark the 18th anniversary of the day our world changed forever. In a few short years, the entirety of high school students will be taught about 9/11 as something they weren’t alive for. There are endless accounts of loss, survival, bravery and outright heroism through the eyes of those who lived that day first person. I sit here and write this as someone who wasn’t a police officer then. […]

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Sometimes There Just Aren’t Enough Rocks…

There’s a scene from the Tom Hanks movie, “Forrest Gump”, where Forrest watches Jenny throw rocks at an abandoned house that represents a painful memory from her past. In a moment of seemingly simple minded analysis, Forrest realizes that no amount of thrown rocks will ever undo the hurt that has been done. This past weekend, Brothers Before Others hosted a memorial dedication in honor of 5 year old Delaney Gaddis and her grandmother, Deborah […]

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