March 21, 2019
Leroy Pyle, Editor, Publisher and Webmaster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its website solely for the convenience of
the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.
Please join us as we celebrate the life of Bill Mattos
Saturday, March 23rd at 12:00 Noon
San Jose Police Officers
1151 N 4th St San Jose CA 95112.
Born January 26, 1944
Appointed September 1, 1970
Retired January 4, 2001
Died March 10, 2019
Celebration of Life
Typical of our dear meticulous and
generous friend he insisted that we see him off with a feast
of all feasts. Come hungry, there will be prime rib, salmon, shrimp, salads and more.
In lieu of flowers, Bill's favorite
The San Jose Police Chaplaincy and the Salvation Army.
I can only imagine that by now, God, His Angels and a whole lot of our
deceased brothers and sisters are reading their first issue of “The Heavensider”
and Editor Bill is busy researching the next edition.
RETIRED POLICE OFFICER WILL SMOKE
Born May 17, 1954 (Portland, OR)
Appointed December 9, 1984
Retired January 23, 2010
Died March 13, 2019
Varsity Hockey Coach at Bishop Kelly High School - Be the Change
Former Peace Officer at San Jose Police Department
FROM FRIEND, KEVIN CASSIDY
I woke up to this news this morning and still can't believe it. Both of our hockey teams were in Sun Valley this past weekend for the Idaho state championships. For those who didn't keep up with him recently, I thought I'd add a little about the great contributions that Wil made to his adopted community. Wil was the coach of a local private high school's hockey team. He spent many hours this year turning them into a competitive team, even though his son wasn't on the team. He also coached his 8th grade son's hockey team. In addition to that, he was the director of the entire youth hockey program for the Treasure Valley. Under his direction, the program expanded and now includes hundreds of kids. As if that wasn't enough, Wil also recently accepted a part time job with USA Hockey as the Idaho representative. Years ago Wil started a monthly lunch group that he unofficially called the association of retired California law enforcement officers. I remember going to one of the early monthly lunches and there were only four of us. The group is now called Code321 (code three to code1), has a FB page, and consists of close to 140 officers. Due to it's size, Wil decided to start using it for philanthropic purposes. He encouraged members to participate in a golf tournament that raised money for law enforcement causes, help out with the local Special Olympics, and do fund raising for a local agency's Baker to Vegas team. We're working on keeping that going to preserve his legacy
** UPDATE ON WIL SMOKE MEMORIAL IN IDAHO **
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Time: 11am (Lunch immediately following)
Location: "The Pursuit Church", 6151 N. Discovery Way,
Boise, ID 83713
[Note: This memorial is IN ADDITION to the one being held by his family at their home in Eagle later on the same date. The one being held at the home will be a smaller and more private memorial for family and family friends.]
For those not attending, in lieu of sending flowers, it is requested that you make donations in Wil's memory to the "Idaho Ice World - Hockey Programs" (7072 S. Eisenman Rd, Boise, ID 83716). This was Wil's passion and donations will go towards purchasing equipment for youth just starting out in the program.
For those attending, we are welcoming any donations towards the cost of the memorial and will have a donation box available. This is being paid for out-of-pocket by his friends in Idaho. Any extra monies will be donated to the youth hockey program.
Also for anyone attending, we will have a table set up for photographs. If you have any photos of Wil from work, hockey, or wherever, feel free to bring them and display them. Just be sure to write your name on the back and retrieve it at the end of the event.
Thank you all for your outpouring of support. Wil would be happy.
Wounded Deputy Gets Blocked By Sheriff On Social Media, So Now He's Suing HERE
FROM RICH BAILEY AND DENNIS BROWN
I’ve learned there are many people that were
unaware of the current push for DMV to create a special interest license
plate for the benefit of the California Police Memorial. DMV requires a minimum number of 7,500 signed interest
petitions to authorize the issuance of a new special interest license plate. Currently this “Drive to Remember” fallen
law enforcement officers has reached 87% of the required 7,500 goal and there are only 62 days remaining to
collect the remainder of the interest petitions.
Please consider going to the following website and submit your
name supporting the creation of this special interest plate.
This is only to show support for the new plate and by submitting your name and email address you are under no obligation
to actually purchase a new license plate. If you do obtain one of these license plates in the future, all of the special interest
annual registration fees will be given directly to the California Police Officers Memorial Foundation and is tax deductible.
Share this information with friends and family so others can help
show their support for those who gave their all. And yes,
I've signed up! It's quick and painless.
THIS SECTION WILL BE RESERVED FOR CUTE ANIMAL STORIES
How long did it take this lady to traing her dog to do THIS?
BILL MATTOS: Hope for Paws is the animal rescue organization I have chosen to support.
The videos below are a small sampling of the many rescue videos by Hope for Paws that I have introduced my readers to over the past couple of years. Just as Kayla is very supportive of Best Friends, Hope for Paws is the animal rescue organization I have chosen to support. I have been publishing 3 or 4 of the rescue videos each week for the past eighteen months or so in an attempt to catch up with those I have missed in past years. Now that I have finally caught up, I will now be publishing the one or two stories each week that Hope for Paws posts on YouTube. A few dozen of my readers have written to say they are regular contributors to Hope for Paws because of the videos I have published, and I’m sure there are others. I would estimate that 95 percent of the rescues involve dogs, but other animals are rescued as well. Here are a few I copied from the Hope for Paws YouTube channel that you may want to look at when you have some spare time. They are all quite short...
HOW ABOUT SOME CUTE LITTLE KIDS STORIES?
7 year old Malea Emma sings the National Anthem for American Idol judges HERE
GENERAL INTEREST STORIES
Do You Know All This Vintage Slang? HERE
A very funny spider story, if you
like funny spiders! Click HERE
IF YOU LIKED THE FUNNY SPIDER FLICK,
YOU WILL LOVE THE "TRUE FACTS" WEBSITE HERE!
I was talking to a young woman in the VFW last night. She said, "If you lost a few pounds, had a shave and
got your hair cut, you'd look all right.”; I said, “If I did that, I'd be talking to your friends over
there instead of you.”;Cost me a fat lip, but...When you’re over seventy.............who cares?
ATTN: Bernie Sanders and all his millenials!
Back in the Old Days
by: Robert Moir
In 1975 a tradjety occurred to the SJPD
family that has remained untold....except for maybe a dozen or so
officers being aware of the following scenario. Around 2300
hrs...11PM.... to you newbys...when it was dark and cold outside , it was the
"custom" of two field lieutenants to double up and cover the entire
city from one init, monitoring both the green and blue channels, responding to
calls that needed multipul unit responses or backup fill units. Around
2300 hrs radio requested Unit 6300 to call; the Sheriff's Complaint desk.
A call was made from the callbox on Saratoga Ave to the SO and the deputy at
the SO advised that a command officer from out Dept had drowned. The
deputy stated it was a deputy chief had passed away at his residence. He
gave the last name of Donald..Which one...was inquired...as we have two
Donalds. One an Asst Chief (Ross) and one a Deputy Chief
(Howard). The Sheriff was unaware so he was questioned
whether the event occurred near Blossom Hill Rd...home of the Deputy Chief
(Howard) or in the east foothills off White Rd home of Asst Chief (Ross.)
The deputy responded it was in the east foothills....so it was the home of Asst
Chief Ross Donald. So the two man lieutenant car
left Saratoga Ave...at Strawberry Park and proceed 280 to 680 to Jackson to
Story to White Rd and down to the high school then left up into the
foothills. (Smart cops always knew where the brass lived....for obvious
reasons) Upon arrival at the residence a county squad firetruck was
loading their equipment in front of the house. Both officers entered the
house and found Peggy Donald, a longtime and popular police employee and her
brother retired Sgt Bob Silfvast in the kitchen. Over freshly brewed
coffee discussions ensued about the evenings events up to the scene when Ross
went to the large heated and lighted pool just off the patio and went in for a
"dip". When he didn't return Peggy....who had already
retired... went out to check on her husband and found him submerged in the deep
end of the pool. She immediately called the fire/rescue and her
brother, who lived three blocks away. (NOTE Her brother had built a
house immediately behind Ross and Peggy...for those still around to remember...but
due to a divorce had moved three blocks away at the time.) Both the
Lieutenants and Peggy and Bob responded to the pool, and in the deep end of the
lighted/heated pool was a human torso. Inside the house, a quick change
from uniform to swim trunks and a jump into the pool. The body was
floated to the surface of the pool and Lt Pulliam and Sgt Silfvast lifted the
body to the surrounding area of the pool....with a boost from below by the
other Lieutenant. It was respectfully covered...awaiting the arrival of
the coronor. (As a sidenote: both Pulliam and Moir had driven
ambulance here in San Jose prior to entry to police service and had
NEVER seen the victim of a drowning/heart attack be left
unrecovered in the bottom of a pool' NEVER) The only
additional negative was a bug/critter sting to the eye area sustained while
unerwater retrieving Ross'remains, due to the lights in the pool attracting
bugs/critters' Needless to say Peggy and Pulliam and Moir developed a
"bond" due to the actions that evening....that lasted until
Peggys passing years later.
That is one of the "untold" stories of our police Dept.
ANOTHER "UNTOLD" STORY FROM A PROUD DAUGHTER!
James (Jim) LeRoy, SJPD
1967. He's my dad, who isn't on FB. He was a policeman until 1985 or 1986.
He was also a Narc and on the Homicide Unit too. -Jill
A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
"It was taken Oct. 1988. George Bush Sr. had spent the night in the Fairmont Hotel downtown
and was about to depart SJC. He was VP at the time and running for President against Michael Dukakis.
Officers are (top to bottom) Karl Pringle, Ron Webster, Mike Nichols, Gary Kimball, Craig Clifton and Bob Lobach."
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RIP Bill Mattos, Editor extraordinaire
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