“Hooleo”, The Law Enforcement Owl

Started in 1995 by Canadian third grade teacher Dale Hubert, the ‘Flat Stanley Project’ was intended to make connections between school children from all over the world. The concept was inspired by the book series, “Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures”, chronicling the worldwide travels of the mythical character Stanley Lambchop. The concept was simple. In the book series, Stanley travels the world in envelopes. As part of the project, the students would design their own ‘Flat […]

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Brothers Before Others Honors NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

While the National Flower Fund has been the cornerstone of BBO’s work, another aspect of what the group does involves visits to Departments/Precincts/Commands following the loss of one of their own. Like everything else that BBO does, the visits are very personal. BBO’s Founder/President Michael Burke has always stressed that we are a “Face to Face” charity. Since 2014, in conjunction with sending floral arrangements to line of duty death services, BBO members have traveled […]

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AOC – The Face and the Voice of the Millennial Dilemma

Approximately 2 weeks into my law enforcement career, I walked into a heated exchange between three bosses, all of varying ranks. The Sergeant, who was the most animated and heated, was screaming at a senior Lieutenant about another Lieutenant who he clearly deemed useless and promoted because of, basically, any reason other than merit. The Sergeant clearly viewed this Lieutenant as a potential safety issue, even going so far as to ensure that he will cost the department […]

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The Benevolent Bombers – What the Yankees and Brothers Before Others Have in Common

Even the most casual baseball fan knows the name ‘Steinbrenner’, most often associated with the legendary George Steinbrenner. Mr Steinbrenner, often referred to simply as “The Boss”, owned the New York Yankees from 1973 until his passing in 2010. During that time, Mr Steinbrenner took an $8.8 Million  Dollar investment and turned it into a franchise that is now worth roughly $4 Billion. No one could debate two things: The Boss’ love for his Yankees […]

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Honoring Our Fallen – The Reason Behind the Pageantry

For anyone who has ever attended a law enforcement funeral, it is impossible to leave without a profound sense of humility, gratitude and fraternity. Many civilians, especially those experiencing one for the first time, even as an ‘outsider’ with no relation to the fallen, often get caught up in the emotion. This is not an accident. More importantly, it is a crucial part of the healing process for the family left behind. One of the […]

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Mirror, Mirror…..

Not so long ago, police officers were being hired right out of high school, to the tune of salaries in the $13,000.00 a year range. Men and women, many who spent three times that amount on education alone, mocked them for their career choice: “You mean to tell me you’re gonna work around the clock…weekends….holidays????”. Years later, after unions fought war after war after war, the private sector watched in awe as police salaries, pensions […]

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‘Behind the Uniforms’ – Philadelphia Police Officer/BBO Partner Jesse Hartnett

When Kyle Reyes and the ‘Whiskey Patriots’ started their interview series known as ‘Behind the Uniforms’, their goal was to highlight untold stories from law enforcement officers, first responders and members of the United States military. Kyle invites these individuals out to what is the most glorious whiskey wall you have ever encountered, pours them a glass and lets them recount their story. Besides the obvious benefit of exposing the world to true tales of […]

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“Oh, Say Can You See…”

*Disclaimer: The below opinion piece solely represents the opinion of the writer and does not, by proxy, reflect the opinion of individual members or the collective belief of Brothers Before Others Inc. as a whole* I’ve stayed quiet all season. I’ve watched as police officer after police officer flocked back to the NFL as though history had been rewritten; history that was no more than days ago, in some cases. I’ve watched as police officers posed with their families, grinning […]

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Brothers Before Others and The Police Emerald Society of Baltimore Plan Special Memorial

On the morning of July 23rd, 2018, Baltimore County Police Officer/Brothers Before Others Member, Brian Gaddis and his wife, Jennifer, lost both their daughter and their mother-in-law/mother. Five year old Delaney Marie Gaddis and her grandmother, Deborah Ann Limmer, were struck by a drunk driver while they walked on a sidewalk. While there are no words nor actions that can somehow erase the pain generated by the unimaginable, our instinct as humans is to try. […]

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Behind “Blue” Eyes – Understanding Police Stress

For the third year in a row, the number of police officers who took their own lives has outnumbered the number of those who were killed in the line of duty. In 2018, 159 police officers committed suicide. Police suicide is quickly becoming one of the most taboo and unaddressed epidemics facing our profession. Police officers, more than any other profession, operate in zero-margin-for-error environment. A lapse in judgment by a police officer can result […]

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