‘Warrior 3078’ – Three Years Later

On January 7th, 2016, while on patrol, Philadelphia Police Officer and Brothers Before Others Partner/member Jesse Hartnett was ambushed and shot at point blank range. Despite being seriously injured, Jesse exited his vehicle, chased and eventually shot his assailant. Ironically, THAT isn’t the story of Jesse Hartnett. Jesse’s story is told by what has happened since that day. There’s a lot of talk in this profession about being a warrior. Truth be told, none of […]

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This is Not My Beautiful House

Have you ever been so angry that you instinctively knew you had to say something but were simultaneously at a loss for words? That, my friends, is my current situation. Bear with me and we”ll get through this. In 2009, in response to the Cambridge, Massachusetts arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, then President Barack Obama stated, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played […]

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Happy New Year from Brothers Before Others’ President, Michael Burke

As Brothers Before Others moves into our 5th New Year, I have chosen five words for all of you; all of which come with questions and challenges for us all. I ask that you choose some words to help yourself as well. They should sum up what you want to achieve, experience and ultimately BE in the year that lies ahead. Change If you want this year to be better than the last, than to […]

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Feeling Merry in Minnesota

One of the advantages that Brothers Before Others has over traditional fraternal organizations is that our members span the globe, checking in from as far as England. This, coupled with the dedication of our members, has afforded us the opportunity to make our presence felt in all corners of the United States and beyond. Two such members, are St Paul, Minnesota Police Officer Alex Graham and Sergeant Amber Larson. In order to best understand what these […]

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Chief Grayson Reporting for Duty

Few things bring more satisfaction to Brothers Before Others Founder/President Michael Burke and his members than being able to make a difference in the life of a child. So, needless to say, from the minute he was made aware of Grayson Schmalz and his circumstances, the wheels (literally) started turning. Having recently been diagnosed with cancer, an appeal went out on Facebook through Grayson’s godmother, asking for police patches to help Grayson decorate his bedroom […]

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Cops Really Stink, Stank, Stunk in Paterson Public School #10

In what has become a yearly tradition of helping our communities celebrate Christmas, BBO President/founder Michael Burke and BBO members teamed up with Blue Magazine President/BBO Partner Daniel DelValle, bringing Christmas to over 400 public school children who attend Paterson Public School#10. The volunteers attending transformed the school gym into a winter wonderland, including fake snow, inflatable Christmas characters, Santa hats and candy for the children and even music. Flanked by the Grinch, Captain America and […]

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We the People – Law Enforcement Rallies Against Lies

In 2009, in response to the arrest of Cambridge, Massachusetts resident Henry Louis Gates, President Obama had this to say: “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in […]

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Law Enforcement Unites Against Hate and False Narratives

Imagine a scenario where a millionaire Executive Vice President of a prominent non-profit health care network, who just happens to also be an attorney, can publicly and without provocation declare that the American law enforcement officer is predisposed to “shoot black children first”, lie about having made the statement, then offer a lukewarm apology for hurting feelings, be given a paid vacation to think about the error of her ways, just to return to work […]

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Brothers Before Others Holds the Line

Since Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health Executive Vice President Michellene Davis’ inflammatory Facebook comment caused shock waves in the law enforcement community, Brothers Before Others Founder/President Michael Burke and the members he represents have made their message clear: RWJ/BH CEO Barry Ostrowsky has an obligation to recognize Ms Davis’ statement as baseless and biased. When Mr Ostrowsky made the decision to reinstate Ms Davis, he did so affirming his confidence in her ability to lead and never […]

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No More Lies

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke The truth will always win out in the end. It’s an inevitability. There are simply too many good people walking this earth that, in the long term, evil doesn’t stand a chance. However, when hateful, biased and baseless rhetoric is thrown at law enforcement, the passive/wait-and-see routine has been responsible for so much crime and chaos. […]

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