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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BBO Member and Award Recipient Eric Brennan Visits with Law Enforcement Today

Earlier this month, Baltimore County Police Corporal, Brothers Before Others Member and recipient of the Detective Steven McDonald Brotherhood and Benevolence Award, Eric Brennan sat down with Law Enforcement Today’s John Jay Wiley and spoke about his life as a police officer, Emerald Society President, surviving family member and ambassador for the brotherhood. If you don’t know what brotherhood looks/sounds like, you’re in luck.     For Other Law Enforcement Today Content: https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com  

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What’s the End Game?

In what has become seemingly daily nowadays, the law enforcement community endured yet another flagrant slap in the face earlier this week. In December of 2018, Justin Murrell was convicted of aggravated assault, stemming from an incident where he dragged NYPD Detective Dalsh Veve with his vehicle for several city blocks, rendering Detective Veve paralyzed. Detective Veve was investigating reports of gunfire when he encountered Murrell and three of his friends who were occupying a […]

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Detective Steven McDonald Brotherhood and Benevolence Award

  Anyone who is either a member of Brothers Before Others or knows anything about the charity, knows full well the weight that the name “Steven McDonald” carries around these parts. Steven was a hero and a friend to BBO’s Founder/President Michael Burke; and Michael has been sure to instill that same respect in his group’s members. Even those who knew of Steven prior to joining BBO, now know him so much better because of […]

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