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Born November 9,1947
Appointed May 18, 1981
Died July 15, 2019

Vic was under hospice care at home for the last few weeks.

 A Marine who served bravely and honorably in Vietnam, he was awarded the following:

  • Two Purple Hearts
  • Cross of Gallantry
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • Navy and Presidential Unit Citations

 Vic received the Department’s Hazardous Duty Award and numerous Letters of Commendations recommended by his supervisors and citizens as well.


              Vintage San Jose Police Officer Bill Mattos and Father.


Vintage San Jose police Lt. Merlin Wheatley and Charmaine Wheatley, Feb 15, 1945 on their wedding day
in Sydney, Australia.
Merlin was a Yeoman in the USN and a Pacific Fleet boxing champion.


Honor Guard and Emerald Society Band from Veterans day parade
downtown San Jose

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
PLEASE, If you are proud of our Vets, then pass this on.



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Save Friday, December 6th

For this year’s Keith Kelley Club Christmas Dinner Dance. This year we’ll be celebrating the Holidays at the beautiful Hayes Mansion. The Retiree Party will serve an array of Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar before the general membership arrives. Dinner and dancing following. Come & join us! Have good conversation with ole and new friends. Join the Keith Kelley Club Facebook page (private group). Questions, text or email Margie Thompson at 408 421-3785 or sssq@aol.com

November Breakfast Club at Tacos al Pastor – Clockwise from the left front:
Paul Gardner, Craig Clifton Jeff Martin, Rich Daulton, Henry Duran, Doug Zwemke, Mike O’Connor, Armando Realyvasquez, George Padilla, Ruben Sarabia, Ted Vasquez, Robert Dominguez, Dan Archie, Jorge Gonzalez, Hector Gutierrez, Roberto Gonzalez, Pete Aguilar, Ernie Alcantar, Jaime Saldivar, Dave Wysuph















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One dead in San Jose officer-involved shooting
By Leonardo Castañeda, Casey Tolan and Robert Salonga Staff writers SARATOGA »
A San Jose police officer shot and killed a passenger in a car during a vehicle stop Saturday afternoon on Highway 85. Police said the man, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, “produced a handgun” after police stopped the car he was riding in around 3:10 p.m. One officer fired at the man, hitting him “at least once,” spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten wrote in a statement. The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene near Saratoga Avenue, an SJPD spokeswoman said. San Jose police didn’t release additional information on Sunday, deferring questions to a planned press conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The driver of the vehicle, also an adult man, was not injured and was detained for questioning. The officer, whose identity was also not released, will be placed on paid administrative leave as the police department and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office conduct a joint investigation. SJPD said the case is being monitored by the department’s Internal Affairs Unit, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Office of the Independent Police Auditor. Police shut down a portion of southbound Hwy-85

between Saratoga Avenue and Winchester Boulevard. Officers had roped off the shoulder of the highway with red crime scene tape, next to a long line of police vehicles. The incident marked the fourth fatal officer-involved shooting of the year for SJPD. On Halloween last week, an officer shot and killed a man with a history of mental-health struggles who was allegedly brandishing a handgun replica. The Hwy-85 shooting took place near the border of San Jose, Saratoga and Los Gatos. City police are allowed to go into other jurisdictions if they’re investigating a case or pursuing a suspect. It wasn’t clear why officers stopped the car or whether there was any pursuit of the vehicle. Anyone with information about shooting is asked to call Detective Sergeant TJ Lewis or Detective Brian Meeker at 408-277-5283.
Copyright (c)2019 The Mercury News, Edition. Please review new arbitration language here. 11/11/2019


Why retired California cops are fleeing the Golden State


California’s Criminal Cops: Who they are, what
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A six-month investigation found more than 80 law enforcement officers with rap sheets still employed today

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California’s Criminal Cops: Hundreds of officers misuse law enforcement databases

Law enforcement officials say there is little leeway for officers who misuse computer systems for personal purposes. So why are prosecutions so rare?

Today, we’re publishing the first installment of Criminal Cops, a series of stories on law enforcement officers convicted of crimes in California. This series of stories is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between news organizations throughout the state, coordinated by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area News Group. More than 30 newsrooms participated, including MediaNews Group, McClatchy, the USA Today Network, Voice of San Diego and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The reporting is based on a list of convictions of current and former law enforcement officers and individuals who applied to become law enforcement officers. The list was released by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training in response to a Public Records Act request from reporters at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
Upon learning of the release of the list, the state Attorney General’s Office said the records had been inadvertently released and that they should be destroyed.
We disagreed.
Hence this report.
It’s important to note right off the top that the vast majority of California’s 79,000 law enforcement officers are true to their promise to protect and serve the public. They are good people who are doing their level best in very difficult jobs. That’s the rule.
The exception to the rule arises in the rare cases where officers break the law, and our reporting has found that in those cases, justice is not always as you would expect.
Over the past 10 years, 630 officers or deputies have been convicted of crimes. One in five kept their jobs despite being convicted of a crime, often by pleading guilty to reduced charges. In the words of one advocate: “Disturbing the peace? When you give a child a black eye, that’s disturbing the peace?”
Our reporters also interviewed law enforcement officials, who noted that officers who commit crimes besmirch the badge for all.
“To me it’s embarrassing,” said one law enforcement officer. “It’s our fundamental job to help and serve others. … You don’t deserve to wear my uniform if you’re not going to do the basics.”
While it’s definitely disturbing, we also believe you’ll find this special report enlightening and informative.


Stan Faulwetter Betty Barnicle, murky reporter assigned to the pee dee back in the day… An “old school” journalist, who unlike today generally reported stories impartially and could (sort of) be trusted…. Even tho she was one of “them” I kinda liked her but was always cautious around her…