The Farsider

April 2, 2015

 

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THOUSANDS GATHER TODAY TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO MIKE

At 10 a.m. today (Thurs.) a massive memorial for Officer Mike Johnson will be held at the SAP Center that is expected to draw thousands of civilians as well as active and retired law enforcement personnel from around the country.



Today’s paper included this up close and personal look at Mike’s life.

Fallen S.J. Officer Was Devoted to Family, City

—Johnson, killed in line of duty, loved serving his home community—

By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons — Staff writers
Mercury News — April 2, 2015

SAN JOSE — Michael Johnson was a San Jose guy. He grew up delivering the hometown newspaper and captained the chess team at Gunderson High School before following in his father’s footsteps of becoming a police officer. “Mike,” as he was better known, fiercely wanted to serve the community where he was raised.

And he died doing exactly that.

“What’s been lost is a really good man who the public at large might not have known but would have been happy to know,” said Detective Nate Bennett, a police academy classmate of Johnson. “The kind of person they would have wanted in that position. Those people are rare.”

On Thursday morning, the community will unite at a public memorial to mourn Johnson, a married, 14-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department who was fatally shot March 24 while responding to a 911 call involving a suicidal man.

The ceremony at SAP Center is expected to draw thousands of police officers from around the country as well as dignitaries including state Attorney General Kamala Harris, Rep. Mike Honda, the entire San Jose City Council and other state and local elected officials. Also expected to attend are former San Jose mayors Tom McEnery and Ron Gonzales, former police Chief Rob Davis, Laurie McNamara, widow of former Chief Joseph McNamara, and Sandy Fontana, mother of Jeffrey Fontana, the last department officer killed in the line of duty and Johnson’s academy classmate.

They will gather to honor a man described as a dedicated cop who worked tirelessly to become an expert sharpshooter and who could deftly de-escalate tense situations.

“He was a nice guy, always happy,” said David Solis, another of Johnson’s academy classmates who now works with Menlo Park police. “He loved being a cop. Not all cops can say that, especially in this day and age with the way society views us.”

Johnson, he said, “never lost a love” for being an officer.

Or a love for his city. Johnson and his wife, Nicole, who goes by “Nikki,” planned to raise a family in San Jose. They married in a civil ceremony in August 2013 and were planning a formal wedding in August in Santa Cruz, according to a family obituary published in this newspaper.

Johnson, 38, came to the Bay Area as a grade-schooler, after spending the first decade of his life traveling among towns dotting the California-Nevada border and then the Central Valley. His father was an Army police officer who later joined the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office. In the late 1980s, following his parents’ divorce, Johnson moved to South San Jose with his mother and sister.

His family established deep roots in the community, setting the stage for Johnson’s bond to the city. He worked a paper route, slinging the San Jose Mercury News from his bike. His mother, Katherine Decker, became active in making their neighborhood a better place and now serves on the executive board of the VEP Community Association, a neighborhood group that represents more than 2,000 families in Blossom Valley.

Not long after they settled, their family house became a focal point in the neighborhood. During the holidays, they would decorate a towering, front-yard tree and invite neighbors to sample crockpots simmering with hot chocolate and apple cider. Bins were set up to collect food and toys for the needy.

Neighbor Gina Thomas said Johnson would go to the house for dinner with his mother, sometimes still in uniform.

“They’re just wonderful people,” Thomas added. “If everyone could be like this family, we would have the best world. They’re just so loving, kind and always smiling.”

In high school, Johnson gravitated toward math and science. But he also took up jiujitsu — earning a black belt in 2008 and later becoming an instructor — and was an avid trivia buff and scuba diver.

In 2001, he joined the San Jose police academy, finishing that same year. He worked primarily as a patrol officer but developed an array of expertise, including prescription drug fraud. He was revered in the department for his aptitude and encyclopedic knowledge about firearms and was regarded as one of the most skilled marksmen on the force. He medaled often at the Police and Fire Games and was set to be inducted into the competition’s hall of fame.

Sgt. Steve Donohue, another academy classmate of Johnson’s, said that whenever he had a question about a gun or a gun part found at a crime scene, he called Johnson.

“He’d know exactly what it was, what the violation was,” Donohue said. “It was his thing. He knew about guns.”

Johnson was a field training officer, assigned to the Covert Response Unit tasked with enforcing high-risk arrests, and was a specialist on the patrol force, trained as a first-responder to high-risk situations such as when a subject is believed to be armed.

It was in that role that Johnson was summoned with two other officers to investigate a report of a man acting erratically and threatening his wife. The man, Scott Dunham, 57, was armed with a high-powered rifle and hidden behind an enclosed balcony when he fatally shot Johnson. Another officer shot and killed Dunham.

Frank Santiago met Johnson through their shared passion of martial arts and both were instructors at the Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy in San Jose, where Johnson enjoyed teaching kids.

By chance, Santiago once saw Johnson on the job as he responded to a call of loud music.

“Mike didn’t approach it with a badge and a gun,” Santiago recalled. “And it was really cool to watch because he was so mellow. I texted him afterward and said: ‘Hey Mikey, you handled that pretty good.’ I praised him all the time for protecting us.”

That demeanor was the result of preparation, training and self-assurance.

“The first word that popped in my head about him was ‘confidence,’ ” Bennett added. “He knew he could handle the situations that could come up, and knew exactly what he should do. He was able to assess a situation really quickly.”

And with a natural ability to engage people, Johnson had a knack for drawing others into conversation.

“He was one of the most pleasant people to come across,” Bennett said. “With shift work, you pass by someone and sometimes get a head nod of a ‘Hey.’ With him, he’d stop and give a real genuine smile, and you could tell he was happy to see you, and you were happy to see him and you’d talk. Sometimes a few minutes, sometimes a little longer, and suddenly you’d be late getting home.”

Johnson is survived by his wife, Nicole, parents Daniel Johnson and Katherine Decker, stepparents Dann Decker and Penny Johnson, sister Jamie Radack, a niece and nephew, his grandmother and his in-laws.

 

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Former Mayor Tom McEnery authored this tribute to Mike that also appeared in today’s (Thurs.) paper…

Lest We Forget: Let Us Memorialize the Fallen

By Tom McEnery

Mercury News — April 2, 2015

Officer Michael Johnson was killed last week answering a call to assist in a domestic problem.

He rushed to help someone because it was his duty.

Some have called it a senseless death.

They are very wrong.

The death of Officer Johnson, like the 11 who preceded him in that roll of honor, was tragic but anything but senseless. He was doing his job, a responsibility he gladly shouldered, protecting the rest of us — the good and gentle people of all ethnicities that enrich our city in an ever more confusing world. Johnson was our protector.

It is a job that few are able to do and fewer still can perform without some damage. Their loved ones suffer pressures that most of us would find unimaginable. Michael Johnson served and protected.

He joins the list of fallen officers that began nearly one hundred years ago when Sgt. Morris Hubbard, 29, answered another call about a man threatening a woman with a gun.

We have not seen such sorrow since young Jeff Fontana, an academy classmate of Mike’s, was killed 14 years ago. And in 1989, two officers on that list I knew well, Gene Simpson and Gordon Silva, died trying to protect others, shot near what is now the plaza of the new City Hall. I was there that day on the street and at the hospital.

What makes a person give such service and answer such a call?

I have seen much of such officers as mayor and citizen.

This bravery is different from that of a soldier, who knows at all times he is on a field of battle.

The hundreds of officers in San Jose are a combination of community workers, priests and protectors. They help those who are vulnerable and those who are helpless; they assist many that society has forgotten and defend us from those who have no conscience and fail to value human life. They are the best of us.

It is a vocation. Yet this calling is often not recognized except in moments of great tragedy.

Other days, we are all too busy while pundits and critics analyze, decry the rare exceptions and debate police tactics on a Monday morning as they might have if our officers fired first last week.

But not all our tragedies are on the front page.

One concerned Officer Rocky Bridges. He is not one of the 12, but he was a hero, a man I met 35 years ago in the effort to make the downtown neighborhood near Notre Dame High School safe from drugs and violence.

He patrolled with seniors, nuns and mothers. Later, he was shot in line of duty but recovered and returned. He soon saw his partner, Henry Bunch, killed, and in a life or death struggle killed the assailant — he was awarded the Department Medal of Honor — and again returned.

Finally, damage, physical and other, persuaded him that he could not continue. Rocky went back to being a teacher, but he and others for their daily service belong on that roll of honor also.

I have always found it amazing not that the men and women of our department sometimes complain — these have been excruciating years for all — but that they complain so little. What makes such officers?

In the plaza in front of City Hall, where Simpson and Silva fell, many of us have long discussed a Memorial to the Fallen.

The mayor and the community support this, and it must now happen.

But far more important than commemorating them is a firm resolve to honor the men and women who every day go out in this thin blue line that makes San Jose a place to live and raise a family.

Gordon and Gene and Henry and the dauntless Rocky, and young Jeff — their bright lives were extinguished too soon. All but one, I knew when they and I were young. Now I have children past their age, but I see them so clearly in my mind’s eye. They live only in my memory along with the hundreds that preceded them. Others I so admire now serve in their place.

Michael Johnson and his brothers did not die in vain. These lives had great meaning. They will never grow old nor be forgotten.

To do so would dishonor all that has gone before and make us less than all that we have met.

We will honor him and them in a memorial in stone. More importantly, our responsibility, the living, is to etch in our collective memory the names that we know, and those we do not, and recite that litany of these many noble lives. We will not dwell on how they died. We will always remember how they lived.

Tom McEnery was mayor of San Jose from 1983 to 1990. He wrote this for this newspaper.

 

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Mike's obituary appeared in Tuesday through today's (Thurs.) Mercury News

San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson was killed in the line of duty on March 24, 2015 when he responded to a 911 call for help. He was only 38 years old.

Michael Jeremiah Johnson, “Mike” as he was affectionately known, was born on December 4, 1976. At the time he was born, Mike’s dad, Daniel Johnson, was a military police officer for the United States Army and stationed at Herlong, California. After his dad was discharged from the Army, he joined the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department and Mike and his family moved to Wilseyville. After spending some time living in Vallecito and Angels Camp following his parents’ divorce, Michael moved to South San Jose with his mom, Katherine Decker, and sister, Jamie Radack, in 1988.

Shortly after they moved to San Jose, Mike got his first job delivering newspapers on his bicycle for the San Jose Mercury News. Mike attended Gunderson High School and graduated in 1995. While in High School, Mike was the captain of the chess team and he excelled at math and science. He also began to study jujitsu, earning his black belt in 2008, and becoming a sensei ( teacher) at the dojo where he studied.

In 2001, Mike joined the San Jose Police Academy and graduated on June 15, 2001. During his 14 years with the San Jose Police Department, Mike worked as a Patrolman, Court Liaison, and Prescription Drug Fraud Specialist. At the time of his death, Mike had recently been promoted to Field Training Officer and assigned to the Covert Response Unit. Mike was a skilled marksman, winning numerous medals at the Police and Fire Games. Mike is going to be inducted into the Police and Fire Games Hall of Fame this year.

Mike and his wife, Nicole (“Nikki”), were married in a civil ceremony on August 3, 2013 and were planning a formal wedding ceremony and reception on August 29, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California. They planned to buy a home and settle in San Jose with their cat Seymour and their pug Willy. If Mike had his way, they were going to adopt a new puppy as well. Mike and Nikki knew for certain they also wanted to raise a family in San Jose.

Mike loved the community he served. He loved being a police officer and took great pride in working for the San Jose Police Department. He also loved to travel, scuba dive, play trivia, teach jujitsu to kids, go to the gun range, and spend time with his family and friends. Mike was a devoted husband, a loving son and grandson, an amazing brother, a doting uncle, and a loyal friend.

Mike is survived by his wife Nikki, his parents Daniel Johnson and Katherine Decker, his step-parents Dann Decker and Penny Johnson, his grandmother Frances Guillemin, his sister Jamie Radack, his brother-in-law Steve Radack, his niece Ami Radack, his nephew Eli Radack, his mother and father-in-law Susan and Antonio Chavez, and his sister and brother-in-law Gina and Jameson Stiehr and brother-in-law Danny Chavez.

A public memorial service will be held for Mike at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
 

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From Tuesday’s paper…

Above: Victoria Callahan and her son, Troy Hallman, 2, visit a memorial
in honor of slain San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson in front of San
Jose Police Department headquarters Monday. Johnson was shot to death
last week in an apparent ambush as he and fellow officers responded to a
911 call at a condominium on Senter Road.


Messages, signs and flowers left by the community
and Johnson’s colleagues adorn the memorial.



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Yesterday’s (Wed.) paper included this story…

Agencies Bound by Sorrow

—As San Jose police prepare to memorialize one of their own, other departments share burden

By Mark Emmons and Robert Salonga — Staff writers
Copyright 2015, Bay Area News Group

SAN JOSE — When a contingent of Santa Cruz cops made the solemn journey to San Jose police headquarters last week to pay their respects in the wake of Officer Michael Johnson’s shooting death, they paused at the growing memorials of flowers, candles and handwritten notes.

All the sorrow and anguish from their own loss came flooding back.

“You always carry the scar, and you never forget,” said Santa Cruz Deputy Chief Steve Clark. “They face a long road. We’re two years down that road, and it never really goes away.”

The stark, sad reality is that it’s no longer that rare for a Bay Area law enforcement agency to be confronted with the tragedy of a fallen officer. Johnson was the 11th officer shot to death locally since 2008 — a grim tally that includes the 2013 ambush of two Santa Cruz detectives. The Oakland, Vallejo, Martinez and BART departments, as well as the California Highway Patrol, also have seen officers killed in the line of duty during that span.

All have been where the San Jose force is today.

That shared sense of tragedy helps explain why law enforcement agencies from around the Bay Area and beyond will gather as one Thursday at the SAP Center in a collective show of support at a public memorial to honor Johnson, who was slain March 24 while responding to an emergency call.

“There is solidarity, because you all know the risks of the work that you’re doing,” said Steve Groeninger of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Officers picture themselves in those situations, thinking: ‘What if that had happened to me or my partner?’ So they understand the grief and the emotion.”

A shared sorrow



An Oakland police officer wipes a tear at the
memorial service for four officers slain in 2009.

Oakland police Capt. Ersie Joyner knows that pain all too well. His 24-year career includes the darkest day in Oakland department history — March 21, 2009 — when four colleagues were gunned down. “My life is still not the same,” Joyner said. “It’s something I think about on a regular basis. I use their memory — the fact they loved this job — and every day I go out there, I wear that uniform for them.” The BART Police Department had never in its history lost an officer in the line of duty until Jan. 21, 2014. That day Detective Sgt. Thomas “Tommy” Smith Jr. accidentally was killed by a colleague in a “friendly fire” incident.

Police officers line up during funeral services for BART police
Sgt. Tommy Smith Jr., killed by “friendly fire” in 2014.

“You always know about the ultimate sacrifice,” said BART police Chief Kenton Rainey. “But it’s just not something that you ever think about. So when it comes, it hits you like a ton of bricks. It knocks an agency off-balance. You do a professional job, but you can just tell that people are grieving and hurting.”

Now, San Jose is mourning.

Johnson was one of three San Jose police officers who answered the 911 call of a suicidal man who had threatened to kill his wife if she didn’t leave their Senter Road condominium. Johnson was shot to death with a high-powered rifle by Scott Dunham, 57, who was partially hidden by a walled balcony. The married Johnson, 38, never had a chance, investigators said. Another officer returned fire, killing Dunham.

It marked the 12th time a San Jose officer was killed in the department’s 166year history, and the first since 2001.

Renee Hassna, executive director for the Oakland Police Officers’ Association, has coordinated more than a dozen officer memorials for that department — and nearly twice that many for other agencies in California and out of state. She said a death is felt in every corner of a police force.

“They’re a tight-knit, close group of people,” Hassna said. “They say ‘family’ for a reason. Whether you know the person or not, it all hits everyone.”

Returning kindness

That was the case in Santa Cruz when a small department of 94 sworn officers lost two of its own, Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler, in a shooting.

The next day, San Jose officers were in Santa Cruz, consoling grief-stricken police there. The department also helped coordinate a memorial service at SAP Center. Clark said his officers have never forgotten that kindness, which is why they immediately headed to San Jose after Johnson’s death.

“It’s our turn to be there for them,” Clark said.

That impulse comes from a place of empathy and the knowledge of the daunting task of staging a large memorial amid such despair, said Capt. John Arrabit of the California Highway Patrol. The CHP lost 37-year-old Officer Kenyon Youngstrom to a gunman at a freeway stop in Alamo on Sept. 4, 2012. He was one of the statewide agency’s 225 duty deaths in 85 years.

“We’re suffering that loss and grief, and yet have to plan a magnificent ceremony to honor how they lived and died,” Arrabit said.

San Jose’s rank-and-file already felt under siege amid the ongoing fight with City Hall over wages and benefits that has led to an exodus of officers to retirement and better-paying jobs elsewhere — and sagging morale among cops who have stayed.

But in the wake of this tragedy, the force has been encouraged by the steady stream of condolences and shows of gratitude from the public, said Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association.

“We’ve been an embattled police department for a while,” Gonzales said. “We’re very grateful for this reaction. It makes a big difference. It reassures us that people are grateful for the sacrifice.”

With the force busily preparing for the memorial, Gonzales added, the full impact of grief may have yet to hit Johnson’s fellow officers.

“Since the night it happened, it’s just been nonstop,” he said. “A lot of things have been put on hold,” he said. “After he’s buried, I think it will set in on a different level. We’ll have to be watchful of each other when that happens.”

It will be a long process of recovery, BART’s Rainey said.

“Only time helps,” Rainey added. “Time is the healer. But you cannot get the clock to go any faster. And when something happens like it did in San Jose, it brings it all back.”

SAP Center will be filled Thursday with officers and deputies attired in formal uniforms, standing at attention, with black mourning bands stripped across their badges. That is part of the time-honored ritual, borrowed from the military culture, of saying goodbye to a fallen officer.

“But it’s more about reassuring a shaken community,” Clark said. “It’s scary to see one of your protectors from evil fall. So when you see police departments come together, and stand side-by-side, it’s telling a community: ‘We will stand with you. You are not alone. We’re all in this together.’ ”

 

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This was the front page story from last Sunday’s Mercury News…



—This can’t be happening—

An Unfortunate
BOND

Second tragedy — slaying of on-duty officer— brings band of San Jose cadets
together again, making them among ‘closest-knit officers in the department’

San Jose Police Academy / Class of 2001



Died in the Line of Duty > Jeffrey Fontana (2001) > Michael Johnson (2015)



By Julia Prodis Sulek <jsulek@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 29, 2015

SAN JOSE — The night Officer Michael Johnson was gunned down, the San Jose Police Department knew that one group of officers in particular should find out before it hit the news: his police academy class of 2001.

These were people who were already changed forever when their classmate Jeffrey Fontana was killed during a traffic stop just weeks after graduation. Now this.

“They are probably the closest-knit officers in the department,” said Officer James Gonzales of the Police Officers’ Association. Johnson’s death Tuesday evening “took what is almost an immeasurable bond and multiplied it to infinity.”

Throughout the past 14 years this group has formed a tight connection through triumph and turmoil at the SJPD — from the days when San Jose was known as the safest big city in America to a modern era fraught with pay cuts and pension debates, layoffs and low morale.

Of the 35 members of the class of 2001, class members count 19 remaining on the force. Of those who left, most found jobs at other police agencies, and some have retired on medical disability after being hurt so badly on the job they couldn’t return. In many ways, this class has come to define a generation of San Jose police officers.

No matter where they landed, many of these men and women gathered for Fontana’s every vigil and anniversary, treated Fontana’s mother and younger brother as their own, and struggled with loss and fear for years.

So when Johnson was killed Tuesday, the bond brought them together again.

David Solis, 38, left the SJPD this past summer to work at the Menlo Park Police Department. He was on duty at the jail when his cellphone started pinging with messages from his 2001 classmates.

“I told my boss, and he said, ‘Go,’ ” Solis said Friday. “I drove from Menlo Park to San Jose, in uniform in my patrol car. I got there and stayed there until the scene was secure, almost at 4 a.m. It was like being at a funeral without being at a funeral. It was horrible.”

And it was too eerily familiar. “It seemed like deja vu,” he said. “This can’t be happening.”

As word quickly spread through the ranks of the SJPD, about 40 officers — many of whom had just finished their day shifts — volunteered to cover midnight beats as resources shifted to the crime scene.

Johnson, 38, who grew up in San Jose like many of his classmates, was a specialist for the San Jose Police Department, a sharpshooter who won numerous trophies for his skills at police Olympic games. He was one of the first deployed for “hot calls” like the one Tuesday at dusk, when a 911 call came in saying a man was suicidal and had a gun. The man, Scott Dunham, 57, was threatening to kill his wife if she didn’t leave their condominium on Senter Road. It’s the kind of dicey and dangerous call police officers respond to all the time.

As Johnson carefully approached with his AR-15 rifle, Dunham, who was partially hidden behind a solid front balcony, fired. Johnson fell to the ground. He never fired a shot. Another officer, Douglas Potwora, immediately returned fire. The walled balcony made it difficult to determine if Dunham was hit or fled, so through the night and into the dawn, Johnson’s fellow officers secured the area and sent robots and flash grenades into the condo until Dunham was found dead right where Potwora shot him.

Former academy classmate Mike Ruybal, who left the SJPD in 2012 for another agency on the Peninsula, was at home with his wife and children when one of his classmates called with the tragic news. Soon, another 2001 alum arrived. They listened to the scanner and watched the news, spotting a couple of their former classmates working the grim crime scene, knowing that their buddy — the quiet guy with the quick smile and love for firearms and jiujitsu — was gone.

The TV news captured the solemn procession of officers escorting Johnson’s body through the city streets to the coroner’s office.

“It was tough,” Ruybal said. “It’s rekindling for all of us what we went through with Jeffrey Fontana.”

Johnson became the 12th officer in San Jose police history to be killed in the line of duty. Fontana was the 11th.

Fontana, 23, had finished his six months of academy training and four months on the streets with a field training officer when, working the midnight shift alone two weeks later, he turned his lights on to pull over De-Shawn Campbell. Campbell made a couple of right turns before pulling into a cul-desac in the quiet neighborhood of Almaden and gunning down the rookie.

Officer Tony Vizzusi, who trains new recruits at the SJPD police academy, was one of Fontana’s best friends. He helped carry his coffin into the funeral at St. Pius Catholic Church in Redwood City. Every year, he goes deer hunting with Fontana’s younger brother and shares memories around the campfire.

“It’s an unfortunate bond. A lot of people in that class grew up real quick,” said Vizzusi, whose father and three uncles were part of the San Jose force. “It makes you evaluate what you’re doing with your life. You have to make some serious commitments as to whether you still want to do this job. The class had to wrestle with that moment.”

One of the classmates, who had been on the scene after Fontana’s death, wasn’t sure he’d stay.

“He saw him lying there. That really affected him. There were times he wasn’t sure and people were unsure if he could continue,” Ruybal said. “He pulled through and had a strong career.”

But a second tragedy? “I was with him yesterday. I can see this is affecting him a lot. He’s having a hard time.”

In the weeks after Fontana’s death, Vizzusi remembers “making a plain old car stop and shaking like a leaf. Over time I found a way to work through that and, thousands of stops later, I’m not shaking. But I have to make sure I’m safe.”

It’s still tough for Steve Donohue, too, the first of the class to be promoted to sergeant.

“Even to this day, if I make a car stop and the guy makes a couple of right turns, my heart starts to pound, and I’m more alert and sense a little more danger,” Donohue said. “That’s exactly what happened to Jeff, a bunch of right turns and he got him in a cul-desac. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t affect me.”

Early on, Fontana’s death made classmate Mark Hernandez “much more timid in how I did things. Do I want to stop this person? Should I have someone with me? It’s dark, and no one’s around.”

In the fall of 2013, Hernandez suffered injuries so serious when he was hit on his motorcycle responding to a crime — including broken ribs and scapula — that classmates said they wouldn’t blame him if he never came back. But he did.

This class of 2001, 31 men and four women, started their careers at a storied time for the San Jose Police Department. After 9/11, patriotism and respect for officers in uniform soared. The Police Department and its academy became one of the most respected and sought after in the state, hiring only the top applicants. Rarely did anyone leave for another job in those years.

After the recession hit in 2008 and the pensions of law enforcement officers became a focus of budget woes, battles began between the police union and city officials. Ever since, officers have been resigning by the dozens.

“Officers who intended to work with the SJPD for the duration of their careers, they would have maintained working here with pay cuts and tough negotiations,” said Raul Peralez, who joined the force in 2007 and left in January when he was elected to the San Jose City Council. He wants to help ease tensions and rebuild the department. “But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the environment — the painful feeling of a lack of respect in just being an employee in San Jose. It wasn’t just your employer, the City Council and mayor, but also now the citizens that were turning against you.”

This week, politics were set aside as officers turned toward each other to comfort and grieve. On Tuesday night, Jeffrey Fontana’s mother, Sandy, rushed to the home of Johnson’s mother.

“I needed to offer them support and maybe a little guidance,” Sandy Fontana said, “and let them know that they’re not alone.”

In the days after Johnson’s death, as American flags fly throughout the city at half-staff, makeshift memorials of balloons and flowers and well wishes have sprung up. It helps, said Sgt. Donohue.

“I’m thinking, there are some people out there that still care about us, that appreciate the sacrifices we make and that we lost a family member,” he said. “When you see the flowers, or someone at Starbucks says, ‘I’m sorry for your loss and thank you for what you do’ and buys us a cup of coffee, it strikes that core within us, that I am doing the right thing. I am doing something good.”

Donohue and Vizzusi are organizing a gathering for the class the night before Johnson’s funeral, which will take place Thursday at SAP Center. Some are flying in from out of state to join the dinner and remember the classmates they lost.

At Fontana’s funeral, they all sat together. They’re not sure if they will this time. They are halfway through their careers now. They know it is not just their loss. The entire force is grieving. So is the community, hundreds of whom attended a vigil Friday night in the City Hall plaza.

But this class of 2001 carries a special distinction, an onerous burden that weighs ever more heavily now.

“It’s hard to explain,” Donohue said. “For the last 14 years, people have known our group as Jeffrey Fontana’s class. That’s kind of how they defined us. I don’t know what it’s going to be now.”

Photos of San Jose’s 11 officers slain in the line of duty
hang behind police union President Paul Kelly. Michael
Johnson is the 12th officer killed on duty.

Tony Vizzusi, a friend of Fontana’s, hunts with Fontana’s
brother each year, sharing memories around a campfire.



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This article is from last Saturday’s paper…

Glitch Delayed Messages

—System error made tough situation more perilous, union says—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 28, 2015

SAN JOSE — The mobile computer network that San Jose police use for many communications failed in the immediate aftermath of the fatal shooting of a San Jose police officer earlier this week, a snafu that critics say slowed critical communication amid the crisis.

While the long- outmoded system functioned throughout the period on Tuesday evening when 14-year SJPD Officer Michael Johnson was responding to an emergency call, union leaders said its predictable breakdown following Johnson’s death made a tough job more difficult — and potentially more dangerous during the hours when police did not know whether Johnson’s assailant was alive and where he was. The network’s fizz-out left officers, responding both to the shooting and to calls elsewhere in the city, having to resort to clogged police radio channels, their personal cellphones and, failing that, ballpoint pens and index cards.

“Any time the computer system goes down, it limits all aspects of what we do,” said Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “It puts us back to literally a pencil-and-paper state of doing things. In a city this large, it’s not an efficient way to work.”

SJPD brass acknowledged that they are aware of the problem, which apparently has happened many times before during heavy use of the system. They said that they are looking to make key technology upgrades in the coming year.

Officers’ mobile computers connect to their network via 3G cellular connectivity, a technology which is more than 10 years old and has long since been superseded by the 4G LTE standard for mobile high-speed Internet.

That’s among the first upgrades the department plans to make, followed by replacing computers that run the Microsoft Windows XP operating system, which was released in 2001 and which the software giant stopped supporting last year. The new terminals will run Windows 7, which, while now 6 years old, is still widely used and receiving software updates.

“We know we have a problem,” said Jeff Marozick, the deputy chief who oversees the department’s bureau of technical services. “It’s unsatisfactory that there is a problem, and we’ve been working on it for a while. The men and women working on the street deserve better.”

Marozick declined to disclose how much the upgrades would cost.

The system lockup happened numerous times before Tuesday, when Johnson and two other officers were responding to a 911 call involving a reportedly suicidal, belligerent and armed man at a condominium on Senter Road. As they approached, police said 57year-old Scott Dunham, the subject of the call, opened fire on the officers with a high-powered rifle, hitting and killing Johnson.

The communications disruption occurs whenever a critical mass of users logged on through their mobile data computers, many of which are mounted in police vehicles.

That was the case Tuesday when officers throughout the force were frantically trying to find out the fate of their wounded comrade.

“So many people were trying to access huge amounts of data at the same time,” Marozick said.

Gonzales said the importance of the system is that it allows officers to communicate en masse, which leaves the relatively sparse bandwidth of their radio channels available for emergency communications. That makes the computer system valuable for peripheral and ancillary operations, such as coordinating road closures and other tactical actions.

“When one incident is dominating the police force, the rest of the city doesn’t get put on pause, and makes the system all the more important,” he said. “Other things are handled non verbally in that system, so we can handle calls without using radio, which is overloaded.”

Amid all the talk about communication problems, police spokesman Officer Albert Morales stressed that the officers responding to the fateful 911 call Tuesday were fully prepared and informed of the situation.

“It unfolded so quickly,” he said, “that the best system in the world could not have prevented what happened.”

 

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If we go back an additional 24 hours, last Friday’s paper included this story…

Fellow Officer Took Out Gunman

—Report: Pinpoint return fire hit, killed man who ambushed police—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 27, 2015

SAN JOSE — Seconds after Scott Dunham gunned down police Officer Michael Johnson from the cover of his enclosed second-story balcony, one of Johnson’s comrades instinctively raised his AR-15 rifle and fired a pinpoint shot that took down the gunman.

That detail divulged by police leaders Thursday ended speculation about whether the 57-year-old Dunham died from a police bullet or by his own hand, even if it offered at most fleeting comfort to a department in mourning.

The San Jose Police Department and the city continue to grieve the loss of Johnson, a 14-year veteran who was married. Two vigils are scheduled Friday night, one on Senter Road, where Johnson was shot, and the other at City Hall, and the family and department are still planning what is expected to be a large memorial service. Internally, the effect has been pronounced on different levels. Close to a dozen officers are on administrative leave per routine policy following an officer-involved shooting — as either participants or witnesses.

“We’re all in a heightened sense of awareness right now,” Assistant Police Chief Eddie Garcia said. “These officers put themselves in harm’s way time and time again. We all realize we lost a brother and also that we still have a job to do protecting the citizens of the city.”

Johnson was one of three officers approaching Dunham’s condominium complex on Senter Road when Dunham, without warning, fired at them with a high-powered rifle in what was described as an ambush.

Johnson was hit, and a second officer, reacting to what he just witnessed, raised his rifle and fired back, Garcia said. A bullet sailed through a relatively small opening at the top of the enclosed, second- floor balcony, and struck Dunham, who fell out of view.

“Unbelievable bravery was shown that day,” Garcia said. “Not just by Officer Johnson, but by the officer who returned fire under unimaginable circumstances. I wish there was a stronger word than ‘bravery’ we could use.”

Police late Thursday identified the officer who killed Dunham as 16-year department veteran Douglas Potwora .

While Garcia said the autopsy corroborated the police account of the violent sequence, he declined to comment on where on their bodies Johnson and Dunham were hit or how many shots were fired. The brief gun battle was the last contact police had with Dunham; a nine-hour lock-down of the area ensued before police entered Dunham’s condo and found his body on the same balcony.

The assistant chief reiterated that the tragic result is something police officers contemplate every day. And, as if on cue, San Jose police were called out to a domestic disturbance and possible burglary call in East San Jose on Thursday morning, with the 911 caller reporting that someone might be armed.

A large response involving at least a dozen patrol cars and an armored vehicle carrying the MERGE unit descended on the home, and the episode ended peacefully with two arrests. Police on scene said the MERGE detail, the city’s term for its SWAT unit, was deployed with Johnson’s death still on their minds.

Garcia said he brought that message to the department’s two police academy classes Wednesday.

“We hope we train and have the proper equipment so we don’t have to do that, but we know there’s a chance we may have to give the ultimate sacrifice to this job,” he said. “They need to understand and be at peace with that.”

San Jose residents are assembling to mourn and honor the fallen officer. Dunham’s wife, Altheia Dunham, who was reportedly the person threatened in an incident that prompted the 911 call Tuesday, posted a photograph of a San Jose police badge draped with a mourning band on her Facebook page. She could not be reached for comment.


 

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<TrueBlueWarriors.org>

TBW is an organization founded by Federal Law Enforcement Agents whose mission is to bring awareness to the everyday lives of our every day Heroes who "were born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge"© and all those working behind the scenes. Though we will recognize and honor those who gave their all, the main focus will be on the living and what LEOS from across the country do on a daily basis Saving, Serving and Protecting the People ... no matter the color of their uniform, the shape of their badge nor the signer of their paycheck. TBW is here to bring awareness of the service and sacrifices of the Men, Women and 4-legged Heroes who put their lives on the line with no hesitation nor reservation...for the People. To give a small glimpse into a LEO'S daily life and to remind the People that we too, are human
 
TBW also does fundraising to help assist our Brothers and Sisters injured In The Line Of Duty, as well as raising funds to help vest our 4-legged Warriors, and get patrol cruisers equipped with QuikClot®. We will also be promoting and assisting our partner organizations that also were founded to help our True Blue Families. We look forward to gathering all our families with us here.

Our Official motto is "A Family Born Not From A Blood Line ... But Bonded In Life By A Blue One"©  

This is a story of how this Hero LIVED:

Written by Nessie for True Blue Warriors



San Jose Police Department, California
Police Officer Michael Johnson
End Of Watch: 03-24-15 (1st of 2 this day)

Police Officer Michael Johnson, 37, was shot and killed by the person he came running to help (details below). Born with a soul that has Courage to wear the Badge, Ofc. Johnson had been Saving, Serving, and Protecting the People for 14 years. Ofc. Johnson was well-liked and respected by fellow Law Enforcement Officers for so many reasons. Brother Mike paid close attention to detail and kept his 'armor' polished inside and out, knowing he represented us all, and he did so in the finest of fashion, serving with Integrity, Honesty, and full dedication to his oath to the People.

Staying physically and mentally well-balanced, Ofc. Johnson often reminded those he worked with how important this is to do this work and he inspired others to follow suit. Motivational, encouraging, and selfless with his time to help, Brother Mike proved to be a great role-model. Courageous in battle, Fearless in the face of danger, Ofc. Johnson never hesitated to run to assist and always had your six covered. He was a disciplined and dedicated Officer, Brother Mike could be counted on to do whatever was needed and followed through with even the most mundane of tasks this work entails at times. No matter if helping with paperwork or leading the charge into a potentially volatile situation, as a Field Training Officer (FTO), Ofc. Johnson made certain his charges were well-informed and had all the tools they needed to not only survive, but to deal with the public as well.

Ofc. Johnson truly cared about his community and treated all with Fairness, never prejudging anyone. He knew that not everything was always as it appeared at first and worked diligently to sort through all the shades of grey to find the truths. Even when having to make an arrest, Ofc. Johnson was respectful and took time to explain his actions. Ofc. Johnson was also incredibly Compassionate with those who were hurting or in need of help. He listened intently and offered words of kindness, assuring folks that they mattered and he would do whatever he could to see their needs met.

Known for his funny sense of humor, Brother Mike could lighten the mood and make things seem not so bad after all, and anyone working in this field, knows how important a sense of humor is to keep your sanity. What really helped Ofc. Johnson stay balanced was his love and devotion to the martial arts, which he excelled. This incredible life-loving, optimist was will be missed by so very many.

This Brave and Benevolent Son, Husband, and Brother of Blue simply wanted to make a difference in his small corner of the world. May we take a part of Brother Michael's legacy with us when we enter into our daily arenas while continuing to create our own. May we always remember how he Lived As Only A Hero Could and how his life was taken when he came running to help someone in need ...

On 24 March 1848hours, San Jose Police received a call with concerns of a drunk, suicidal family member who may harm himself. The Police learned while en-route from follow-up calls that the person has access to guns and that he may want to harm others. Officers responded to the apartment complex and at the moment they spotted someone in an apartment, moving curtains, and without warning, the suspect began firing on the Officers with a high-powered rifle. The very Officers who came to help this man.

Ofc. Johnson was struck by the gunfire. Officers fired back. Unsure if the shooter was hit by return gunfire, calls went out to secure the streets and the building was locked-down. Simultaneously, numerous agencies came running to assist and a manhunt ensued, not knowing if the shooter fled the scene.

At 0130hours Wednesday, authorities used breached the suspect's building when no contact was able to be made after hours of trying. Following a careful, methodical search, at 0320hours, Officers found the killer deceased.

Update 03-26: as the investigation continues, it is now known that an incredible pinpoint rifle shot from another officer took out the gunman

Sadly, and with heavy heart, this proved to be our Brother's final battle ... Police Officer Michael Johnson succumbed to gunshot wounds and was pronounced on scene.

Mike leaves behind his beloved bride Nicole and parents, Daniel and Katherine. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Johnson family, the Men and Women of the San Jose PD, the numerous agencies who came running to assist, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero.

Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come ... In Our Brother's Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Sir.

Rest In Peace Police Officer Michael Johnson Badge 3718 ... We Have The Watch From Here. SALUTE!

The last San Jose Police Officer killed In The Line Of Duty was Officer Jeffrey Fontana, who was shot during a vehicle stop in 2001. Ofc. Johnson and Ofc. Fontana were from the same graduating Academy Class. Brothers now reunited.


 

POA UPDATES…



March 29th

In one of the most difficult weeks in the history of SJPD, the police family has been touched by another loss. Former SJPD Officer (currently with Los Altos PD) Christopher Cruzado and his wife Holly were preparing for the birth of their second child with great anticipation this past week. They were excited to be adding another child to their family as they already have a beautiful 4 year-old daughter. A beautiful baby boy would be the perfect addition and they were beyond excited.

On March 28th, Baby Elijah was born weighing 6lbs 14 oz. Baby Elijah appeared to be in great health upon delivery crying and responsive but just moments later after some complications, Baby Elijah had passed away.

One of the happiest moments quickly turned into tragedy. Christopher, Holly, and Audrey (sister) had to say goodbye to their precious baby boy too soon. Please help and show support in any way you can. Our hearts are heavy with sadness and tears. I am in pain with this family.

Please pray for the Cruzado's that they find healing and comfort through the Lord at this very difficult time.

I'm hopeful that all of us can help by rallying around the family. Please note that 100% of the funds will be provided to the family to help with any outstanding medical bills, funeral and memorial costs and any other needs that will help during this time.

Donations can be made HERE

Our Gratitude,


SJPD Officer Erwin Martinez
(Close friend of Family)

MAIL CALL



March 26th

Bill,

Gratitude for printing that last article.
(Last week’s Farsider: “They Say—We Say”) I realize now it was a bit long, and absolutely the wrong issue for it, but it is what it is. Again thanks for fitting it in.

The sadness that hangs around my heart over the death of Michael Johnson can hardly be put into words. I am still getting over the deaths of the two officers here in Santa Cruz a little over two years ago. I drive by that scene several times a week and throw out a silent prayer each time. There is so much pain and tragedy in our world today; sometimes it feels very heavy and hard to bare. I find a little comfort at the beach, the sand, sun, the breeze. Nonetheless, the pain and sadness remains.

My sincere condolences to all the guardians and protectors, their families, friends, and comrades. We are one.

Take good care,
 
Dave
(Scannell) <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>

 

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March 27th

Bill;

As a disabled police officer I still feel the pain and loss of a brother officer, even if we never met. At my (our) age I refuse to fight back tears at this kind of sorrow. My heartfelt condolences to your Dept. and the family of this hero.

Mike McCaffrey <pipers41@directv.net>
Former Deputy Sheriff, Santa Clara County

Mike is one of several retirees from other local, state and federal agencies who are Farsider subscribers.

 

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March 27th

Bill:

Regarding the March 24th tragedy in San Jose, does it disturb you that SJPD had to borrow the Bearcat armored vehicle from Sunnyvale DPS? Or that the Chief and several City Council members stumbled all over themselves and declared that the MRAP the SJPD received from the Feds was given back due to complaints that it was “awful” because it “militarized” the SJPD? Now what is more "awful,” the possession of an armored vehicle designed to rescue people and/or protect Policemen who are in danger from gun fire — or leaving the body of an Officer lying where he fell for hours while the scene was secured? I don't have trouble with the question, but the COP and the Mayor's puppets sitting on the City Council apparently do.

I think of the anguish that Officer Johnson's family members felt as the Mayor and the COP told them that their loved one was still lying where he fell for a lengthy period of time.

I'm sickened!

Phil (Norton) <ponorton2008@gmail.com>

I have also heard comments/complaints that we had to call on the S/O and the CHP for helicopter support while SJPD’s helo sat in its hanger due to a lack of funding. And let’s not overlook the Drone that was also sitting on the ground due to privacy concerns from some parts of the community. This is speculation, of course, but had the Drone been available, could it have spotted the shooter’s body on the patio much earlier?

The bottom line is that virtually everyone is in agreement that, given the equipment limitations and a computer overload, every single person involved did a remarkable job the night of March 24th which — as FDR said about Dec. 7th — is "a day that will live in infamy" in the history of San Jose.


 

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March 28th

Bill,

I spotted this photo on Facebook and thought it might be of interest to many of your readers.

Bob Bradshaw — Kim Bradshaw — Debbie Bradshaw

Talking Points <talking.points.com>

First off, thank you TP for not sending in something controversial this week that would anger most of the readers like you have the past few weeks. Second, you have just provided me with a minor clue about your identity as you have admitted that you have been around long enough to remember SJPD’S former Asst. Chief who (if memory serves) left to take command of the Reno PD, then the Nevada Highway Patrol (or vice versa).

When I received your email with the pic I sent a message to Brad's Farsider address asking for a green light to publish the photo, but there has been no reply. I then reasoned that since he posted it on Facebook, which made it possible for anyone in the world to view it, he shouldn’t object to it being seen by his friends who receive the Farsider, especially since he looks like he hasn’t aged even a day. In fact, some might say that he looks younger today than he did when he left the SJPD a couple of decades ago.
 

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March 30th

If all former San Jose Police officers who return for Mike's funeral wearing the uniforms of their new departments could bee seen together, then the citizens of San Jose might realize how much the Mayor(s), Council and the Mercury News has cost them. The expense of recruiting, selecting and training as well as the value of knowledge and skills accumulated over countless years of service is a number too great to comprehend. Gone, all gone. An asset lost and likely cannot be replicated in my lifetime.

Bob Allen <allens1009@aol.com>

 

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April 1st

Friends and supporters of Cancer CAREpoint,

Please join us for our inaugural golf tournament fundraiser. We are a local resource center to help those on their cancer journey along with their caregivers and family members. We help over 800 newly diagnosed cancer patients every year and all for free. We have several fundraisers a year to make this happen.

Click HERE for an entry form and/or to make a donation.

Our tournament will be held on Monday June 1.  Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. You'll tee off at a private country club — The Golf Club at Boulder Ridge — with beautiful views of the valley. We hope you can join us for golf and/or the banquet dinner at 5:30. If not, a donation would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Paul Gardner <paulgardner1757@yahoo.com>

 

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April 1st

Bill & Leroy,

Saw Charley
(Roy) today. He just finished 18 Holes and wanted to send his condolences and also tell everyone hello. He looks great and is still fun to talk with.

Thanks, Bill.

TB
(Tom Brewer) <tbop23@aol.com>

If any of Charlie’s friends want to drop a digital dime on the retired lieutenant and say Hi, this is his address: <cdrkcr@aol.com>

 

LATEST RETIREES’ ASSN. NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE





Click HERE to download the March edition of the Billy & Spanner.

 

SAN JOSE EXCHANGE CLUB HOLDS ITS ANNUAL BLUE & GOLD CEREMONY

—In Wake of Officer’s Death, the Injured are Honored—

By Mark Gomez <mgomez@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — March 28, 2015

SAN JOSE — Three days after a veteran San Jose police officer was killed in the line of duty — a reminder of the dangers faced by those in public safety — three other Santa Clara County law enforcement workers were recognized for suffering injuries on the job.

Michael Johnson, who was gunned down responding to a call Tuesday night, was on the minds of the 150 people who attended the 32nd annual Blue and Gold Wounded in Service Award ceremony.

Lt. Marc Lehmann, left, Asst. Sheriff Carl Neusel, and Asst. Sheriff
Ken Binder join members of the San Jose Exchange Club on Friday in
honoring Officer Michael Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty.

“This gathering has brought home this week in a tragic and profound way why we do the Blue and Gold,” said Phillip Griego, a former president of the group that sponsors the event. “As long as San Jose Exchange Club exists, we continue to honor those brave men and women who daily place their lives on the line for us.”

Those attending the Friday luncheon at the Holiday Inn on North First Street observed a moment of silence for Johnson. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band then played “Amazing Grace.”

The ceremony was scheduled long before Johnson was killed in an ambush outside a Senter Road condominium complex. This year three public safety workers were recognized.

Mary Anne Joseph, a correctional deputy, remains off work after a combative suspect bit off the tip of her finger at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in December; CHP Officer Jared Diaz was hit by a car during a traffic stop and suffered a partially torn ligament in his right ankle; and San Jose police Officer Bryant Washington suffered two torn Achilles tendons during a foot pursuit of an auto burglary suspect.

The Exchange Club gave Diaz and Washington the group’s highest honor, the Blue and Gold Wounded in Service Medal “for injuries received in the line of duty, suffered under circumstances requiring great courage.”

Joseph, a 15-year veteran with the sheriff’s office, suffered her injury on Dec. 9, while trying to restrain a combative woman who was in jail after threatening to jump off the Alum Rock overpass on Highway 101. The woman fought with San Jose police officers at the time of her arrest and continued to be combative with correctional officers once in jail. Joseph was holding both sides of the woman’s head to prevent her from head-butting and spitting on the deputies when the suspect suddenly turned and bit her ring finger.

A jail nurse immediately began treating Joseph and realized she was missing part of her finger.

Despite the efforts of Valley Medical Center surgeons, attempts at reattaching Joseph’s finger failed. Joseph had the tip of her finger amputated and reconstructive surgery was done. She remains out on injury.

On April 18, Diaz was on patrol with a partner northbound 101 northbound near McKee Road when they pulled over a vehicle and stopped on the right shoulder. As Diaz and his partner Officer Chris Barshini were out of their car, a vehicle lost control and veered toward them.

Diaz and Barshini attempted to jump out of the way but the vehicle struck the right rear of the patrol vehicle and Diaz in the right leg.

The driver briefly stopped before turning right onto Alum Rock Avenue and fleeing.

Diaz was taken to San Jose Regional Hospital where he was treated for a partially torn ligament in his right ankle.

The driver was never located.

Diaz was restricted to limited duty for two months and returned to full duty after his rehabilitation.

Washington was injured on Feb. 13, 2013 while chasing a vehicle burglary suspect on foot. Washington felt a pain in his left Achilles tendon as he first started chasing the suspect. Despite the pain, he continued to run after the driver through an apartment complex over rolling mounds of wet grass and mud.

Eventually Washington stopped the suspect with a Taser. When the Taser went “pop,” so did both of Washington’s Achilles tendons. Washington crawled to the suspect and held him down until help arrived.

Washington underwent surgery on both tendons. After 90 physical therapy visits, which lasted about three hours each, he returned to full duty on Feb 19. 2014.

Washington deals with daily pain but continues in his goal to make a 30-year career as a San Jose police officer.

The 20-year veteran of the department was the last recipient to be recognized. Upon receiving the award he thanked those in attendance, and also acknowledged the tragic death of his fellow officer: “It’s pretty hard to stand here and be recognized for anything I may have done when we have had the things that happened this week.”


 

A VARIATION OF SUICIDE BY COP

This article with imbedded dashcam footage of a deadly shootout during a car stop was received from Bob Tenbrink. The incident appears to have taken place a little over a week ago in Middlefield, Ohio.

Routine Traffic Stops Leads to AK-47 Gun Battle, All Caught on Police Dashcam

by Brooke Bosca — <wwwTopRightNews.com>
March 24, 2015 — Top Right News

One of the reasons many people try and cut police some slack with their fast reaction times to armed threats (such as our recent report of a “controversial” killing outside a wedding) is that deadly force can come their way at a moment’s notice.

A good example of this happened out of the blue in Northeast Ohio.

Dash cam video released from Middlefield Police shows a man shooting at police with an AK-47 rifle during a traffic stop.

Click HERE to watch the dash cam footage.

Officers pulled over James Gilkerson, 42, of Mentor-on-the-Lake, on March 10 for simply running a stop sign. All is quiet for over a minute after the stop, while officers prepare to ticket him for the mundane moving violation.

That all changes in the blink of an eye, as Gilkerson suddenly takes his foot off the brake and jumps out of the car, firing his rifle right at police.

Officers Erin Thomas and Brandon Savage were injured by gunfire. Thomas was hit in her shooting hand. Savage was able to fire back and strike Gilkerson.

Gilkerson then moves back toward his car and yells “kill me” while continuing to fire shots. Not your typical “suicide by cop” scenario, to say the least.

A report released by the Geauga County prosecutor’s office said Gilkerson fired 33 rounds at the officers. His gun had a 40-round magazine attached. Officer Savage fired 29 rounds — killing Gilkerson.

Inside Gilkerson’s car, police found multiple loaded magazines and loads of ammunition, ski masks and gloves, military-style ammo cans, a scoped .22 caliber rifle, instructional DVDs and books such as “Kitchen Approved Plastic Explosives,” “Advance Close-Range Gunfighting,” Homemade Detonators” and others.

The prosecutor ruled earlier this week that both officers acted in self defense and would not face any charges.

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES

March 25-31

Yesterday presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that he will in fact be signing up for Obamacare despite saying earlier that he wants to repeal every word of it. It's a good thing he's signing up, because Cruz just went to the hospital in hypocritical condition.

A new poll shows that TV presidents featured on shows like "The West Wing," "24," and "Battlestar Galactica" have a higher favorability rating than President Obama. But he's not the only politician that people prefer fictional characters to. Instead of Texas Governor Rick Perry, people prefer any male soap opera actor over 50.

Today Zayn Malik announced that he is officially leaving One Direction. They asked him, "Where are you going?" He said, "Another direction."

Kraft Foods and Heinz will merge to create the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. The merger will combine brands like Kraft Mac & Cheese, Heinz ketchup, Oscar Mayer wieners, and Philadelphia cream cheese. Or as stoners put it, "Already did that, bro.”

Republican candidate Ted Cruz said recently that in the 36 hours after he announced that he's running for president, he’s raised over a million dollars. And Hillary Clinton closed her checkbook and said, “Happy to help. Can't wait."

Ted Cruz raised over a million dollars after announcing that he’s running for president. Which is why today RadioShack announced that it is also running for president.

NASA’s Mars rover just completed its first marathon after it spent the last 11 years traveling over 26 miles. Of course, the rover from Kenya was able to do it in just nine years.

It took 11 years for NASA’s Mars rover to go 26 miles. Or as my grandma calls that, “driving.”

Yesterday, the White House confirmed that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis during his visit in September. Some experts are wondering if they'll discuss their disagreement over contraception. Then Joe Biden said, “I didn't even know they were dating.”

Yeah, the president will meet with Pope Francis at the White House in September. The two will meet for about an hour or so, and then the Pope will spend the rest of the day hearing confessions from Secret Service agents.

Oprah is auctioning off over a million dollars' worth of her belongings from her Chicago apartment. Or as she calls them, "her least favorite things."

Willie Nelson is apparently developing his own brand of weed and bongs. Which I guess is like his version of Oprah's garage sale.

There are reports that President Obama and his family may move to New York City after his term is over. Unfortunately, the city is so expensive, he's looking for another ex-president to be roommates with.

Apparently, the Obamas chose New York City because they've gotten so used to people trying to break into their house.

Governor Chris Christie defended his stance against legalizing marijuana, saying that any tax revenue generated from pot sales would be blood money. Then businessmen in New Jersey said, "Yeah, and we can't have that sort of thing here in New Jersey."

The White House announced that President Obama will attend a summit in Kenya this July. When asked if he's ever been to Kenya, Obama said, “Of course. I was born — no, bored — over there. There's nothing to do in Kenya.”

According to a new study, the marijuana in Colorado is almost twice as strong as it was 20 years ago. Of course, people had some questions for the scientists, like "How can I get your job?"

Taco Bell is replacing the “Waffle Taco” with its new “Biscuit Taco,” which is a taco-shaped biscuit filled with eggs, sausage, or chicken. That story again: Weed is twice as strong as it used to be.

According to a new poll, Republicans are more likely to have a doughnut for breakfast, while Democrats prefer to eat bagels and croissants. While Independents are that annoying friend who's still looking at the menu after 15 minutes.

After years of bashing Obamacare, tea party candidate Ted Cruz just signed up for it. And next week he plans to get gay married at Planned Parenthood.

A new report says the U.S. faces a severe shortage of doctors. In fact, things got so bad that yesterday a triple bypass was performed by Dr. Dre.

NASA's Mars rover has just completed a marathon traveling 26.2 miles. And once again it was beaten by a Mars rover from Kenya.

A pitcher for the Chicago Cubs who was supposed to start a spring training game accidentally drove to the wrong stadium. The Cubs pitcher realized he was at the wrong stadium the moment he saw hope in the eyes of a fan.

At March Madness one of the Sweet 16 teams is Notre Dame. I'm sorry, but if I want to watch the Fighting Irish I'll visit my parents.

Vin Diesel said that "Fast and Furious 7" will win the Oscar for best picture. He's being kept in a hospital overnight for observation.

McDonald's is introducing a Big Mac clothing line. Of course there already is a clothing line for Big Mac lovers. It's called a hospital gown.

According to a new study, human waste contains gold and other special minerals. In the future this could make things awkward when a cashier asks, "How would you like to pay for that"?

The NCAA final four is headed to Indiana, where the state just passed a law that some say discriminates against gay people. Just wait until Indiana finds out that all those players shower together.

The ex-governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, said the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families. Jeb Bush said that's true. It should really just belong to one family.

The Navajo Nation has decided to add a 2 percent tax on junk food. The junk food tax was opposed by respected Navajo leader "Chief Binges on Hot Pockets."

As of this week, the only state that President Obama has not visited while in office is South Dakota. Residents of South Dakota said they're looking forward to President Obama or any black person visiting soon.

Nigeria just held their election and their incumbent president, whose actual name is Goodluck Jonathan, lost the race. He was beaten by his rival, Betterluck Jonathan.

A Kentucky woman has been arrested for giving a 1-year-old child beer and rum. She broke the Kentucky rule — never mix beer and liquor.

In Thailand, a man has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for insulting the king on Facebook. This does not bode well for next year's Comedy Central roast of the king of Thailand.

How many of you intentionally don't pay your taxes? Me, neither. Whenever I go there to my accountant's office, I'm taken up in the elevator blindfolded. I said, "I'm worried about having money for retirement." He said, "Don't worry, you'll get your cut."

We have Donald Trump and Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham all running for president. It's all part of the Republican plan to make Jeb Bush look presidential.

And by the way, did you know that Ted Cruz was born in Canada? Now Canada has released this statement: "American voters should be aware that while presidential candidate Ted Cruz was in fact born in Canada, he has renounced his Canadian citizenship." One down, one to go.

Mitt Romney, two-time presidential campaigner, will step into the boxing ring and he will be fighting Evander Holyfield, who, to my knowledge, has never run for president.

This Hillary Clinton scandal has to do with emails. All I get are emails for Canadian Viagra.

Hillary has now erased all of her emails, and she also had all of her pantsuits dry cleaned.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election. Harry said he wants to spend more time with his family. As I always say, check with your family.

We are very close to a nuclear deal with Iran. The negotiations have been more complicated than a George Clooney prenup.

The Atlanta Falcons have been fined and lost a draft pick for using fake crowd noise through their loudspeaker system at the stadium. The New York Jets do not use fake crowd noise, but they do have a laugh track.

Al Gore is 67 years old today. Al Gore, 67 candles on his cake. There's your global warming.

It was announced that President Obama and his wife, when they're finished in Washington, are moving to New York City. The guy just can't get enough gridlock.

Here's the latest on the Iran deal. Iran says they will not make nuclear weapons if the U.S. doesn't make more movies with Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Today is the 20th birthday of the Starbucks Frappuccino. The CEO of Starbucks wrote in his book about the story of the Frappuccino: "It's experimental, it's adventurous, it fires people up and engages their imagination." Does it, though? Seems like a coffee milkshake to me.

To commemorate this momentous occasion Starbucks is offering a birthday cake-flavored Frappuccino now until Monday. Go out and drink yourself a birthday cake. Don't swallow the candles.

Tonight we have music from Van Halen. I was listening to their song "Jump." My favorite part is when he says, "Go ahead, jump. Might as well jump." Yeah, you might as well. It's not like you had other things to do.

Tonight, from the new movie "Furious 7," Vin Diesel is here. "Furious 7" is the story of a man who falls in love with the tailpipe of a Dodge Charger.

Google has received a patent for air bags and bumpers for the outside of a car to protect pedestrians. The material has a similar consistency to the memory foam they make beds and pillows out of. So in the future, getting run over is going to be a lot more comfortable.

McDonald's is going to test all-day breakfast at their restaurants in San Diego. Which means stoners now have absolutely no motivation to get up before 10:30.

All-day breakfast is good for McDonald's customers, but I think it's sad for the workers. It seems to me the most fun part of their job was telling people that breakfast is over.

Has anyone ever had pancakes and French fries together? What would happen if you did?

In England, Princess Kate started her maternity leave. Isn't her whole life maternity leave?

Zayn Malik has officially left One Direction. I saw this coming as soon as he started dating Yoko Ono.

Ted Cruz is signing up for Obamacare. This is like finding out Jenny McCarthy went in for a flu shot.

Burger King stores in Japan are reportedly planning to sell Whopper-scented cologne for those special occasions when you want to smell like the inside of a fat guy's car. You probably have the surrounding odors. Save your money.

A new restaurant in New York has just opened and serves dishes made only from food scraps donated from other restaurants. Said Arby's, "They're on to us, every man for himself.”

In some good-luck news, a man coming out of surgery has won $7 million on a lottery ticket that was tucked in his get-well card. And after paying his hospital bills, he still has $900 left.

During a speech on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz said that if you walk up to someone and say "Joe Biden," the person will crack up laughing. Which is the same reaction you get if you say “President Ted Cruz.”

A new study shows that eating chocolate may have positive effects on the brain similar to exercising. Said Americans with mouths full, “Yay! I’m exercising.”

The Rolling Stones have announced a new North American stadium tour. If you want to know if they're coming to your city, find out if your stadium has a ramp.

It's so unfair. Mick Jagger dances around for three hours. He's fine. I ran up the stairs today and had to shut it down for half an hour.

The Cincinnati Reds have debuted the first in-stadium nursery for moms and babies. So if you're arguing with your wife about going to a game, and you need a solution that makes everyone happy, this is definitely not it.

Less than a week after leaving the band One Direction, Zayn Malik has released his first solo song. It's called "Oh No, What Have I Done?"

 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 28, 2015



Did students at Liberty University face a $10 fine if they missed a Ted Cruz speech?

For the most current (March 21st) update that answers the question above, click HERE


 





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This clip is another example of a skit that only Saturday Night Live could pull off on network television. It’s a spoof on the recent Starbucks’ “Let’s Talk About Race” CAMPAIGN that was recently pulled because it went over about as well as a phart in a crowded elevator. (1:58)





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We had no idea that San Jose Cop-turned San Jose Firefighter-turned San Jose Reserve Officer KERRY SMITH also had a gig with a band. Take a few minutes to watch him perform and you will see why he is known as “The Mad Drummer.” (4:46)

 

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There are positive aspects of having officers wear body cameras, and THIS one of a sergeant saving a child in a fire is one of them. (2:14)





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From Bruce Morton comes another Hope for Paws rescue story. THIS one is about a dog that goes from sad to happy after living under a dumpster for 11 months. (4:06)

Here’s another moving dog rescue story. THIS one is about an abused Pit Bull that was named Cadence by her rescuers and given a second chance. (4:43)

Click HERE to see more videos and/or make a small donation to help support Hope for Paws.

 

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If you have 6 minutes to spare, THIS video tells the remarkable story of Omar and his seeing-eye dog, Salty, who guided him to safety from the 71st floor of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 terror attacks. (6:31)



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Understanding what this guy is saying isn’t important. The message is this: Pulling the old disappearing food trick on dogs can be funny, cruel or a little bit of both. Watch THIS and you will see what we mean. (1:46)





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So what happens when a dog meets this Hedgehog? You will have to click HERE and watch the minute-and-a-half clip to find out. (1:31)





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Dirty Harry once made the statement, “This is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world?” But that was prior to the early 2000s when Smith & Wesson began manufacturing “THIS .50 caliber revolver known as the S&W 500, which is now "the most powerful handgun in the world.”

Hickok45 is an acknowledged gun expert and prolific YouTube presenter who has reviewed numerous revolvers and semiautomatic firearms. In fact, if you enter the model of your weapon in the YouTube search field and follow it with “hickok45” the odds are good he has reviewed yours. In THIS video he covers the .50 caliber S&W 500 magnum that the young lady fired above.

 

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Want to experience the thrill of bungee jumping without having to change your underwear after the jump? If so, THIS is the clip for you. (2:20)





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These kids dancing the salsa are something to BEHOLD. They are so good that they would shame the people you see on “Dancing with the Stars.” At least that’s what I’ve been told. (I have never seen the show.) (1:47)





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Working on power lines from a ground position is one thing. Sitting outside of a hovering helicopter is quite another. Have a look at THIS Vimeo clip received from Dewey Moore. (3:20)





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Wanna go for a ride in an F/A-18F Super Hornet on a low altitude training EXERCISE? You know you do, so hop aboard and hold on. (5:47)





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Sticking with aviation for a moment, Chuck Blackmore says Germanwings has begun modifying its A-320 fleet with the hope that it will solve the problem of one of the pilots leaving the cockpit…





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Pop Quiz: Take your time and see if you can determine what number should replace the two question marks. We’ll give you a little help. The answer is NOT 72. The answer and an explanation will appear the Pic of the Week.





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We love THIS clip of a guy dressed like a speed camera in the UK trying to slow down motorists. All goes well until a cop happens by. Watch what happens next. (0:47)




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This is Leona Chin, a professional motorsport women’s racing champion. But the instructors who are about to each her how to drive don’t know that. Click HERE and watch the fun. (4:04)



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If any of you gearheads see THIS ’48 Buick Super on the highway and the driver tries to goad you into a race, turn around the go the other way. This episode from Jay Leno’s Garage sent in by Dirk Parsons will show you why. (16:47)





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Before you gearheads shut down the computer and go out to the garage to wax your ride, you may want to CHECK OUT what was touted as the World’s Greatest Drag Race for 2014. (6:00)



And if you want to view the World’s Greatest Drag Race from the previous year, clicking HERE will take you back to 2013.

 

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Fear not, fellow retirees. With millennials like THESE about to take charge in a few years, we have nothing to worry about. (1:05)





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Answer to the Quiz:



What is missing from the sequence of numbers is a 7 and an 8. As you may have figured out, the multiplier increases by one with every number. Look at the chart below and you will see why the answer is 90, not 72.

2 x 3 = 6
3 x 4 = 12
4 x 5 = 20
5 x 6 = 30
6 x 7 = 42
7 x 8 = 56
8 x 9 = 72
9 x 10 = 90



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Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christian, Brian
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Neil
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Doug
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Gutierrez, Hector
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
Lara, Bill
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim
Little, Keith            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marin, Julie
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Nimitz, Stephanie
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
North, Jim
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Sauao, Dennis
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
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Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
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Unland, Joe
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Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vanek, John
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
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Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
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Ward, Ray
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Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
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Wheatley, Tom
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Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
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Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
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Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
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Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
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Woo, Paul
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Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
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Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
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