UPDATE 1/3/21


Marie Romano larboy@rap.midco.net

Could you please let the PD retirees know that Larry is in critical condition at Monument Health in Rapid City, SD. It’s been heartbreaking to watch my Larry go through this. Please pray for us. Thank you Leroy!! Marie Romano.



Larry suffered a brain stroke to his left frontal lobe possibly during the stent procedure on Christmas Eve. It was found while in ICU through two CT scans on December 29th. During the procedure, Larry was on a vent and heavily sedated. The neurologist said the stroke is not life threatening and is survivable thank God and Larry has the capability of WAKING UP. The damage (disability) expected is speech and walking, no paralysis or blindness!!

Larry stopped urinating through the catheter and fluids and toxins built in his system to 13% positive so his kidneys failed. The second of three kidney dialysis in his room has been completed resulting in 2 liters of toxins removed yesterday. The goal is for Larry’s kidneys to function which will help his brain tell him to WAKE UP. Please continue praying!!

Sedation was stopped in an attempt to remove the vent and Larry to breathe on his own. Larry wouldn’t wake up so vent is still in which is working at 30% and Larry is breathing at 70%

Larry’s heart is getting stronger and stable at 32%, stents working and oxygen and blood moving through his brain and body. An ultrasound will be ordered to ascertain hopefully a higher number of strength.




December 22, 2020

From the President:

Greetings to all, near and far.  I will get right to it; I have been informed by the POA that the hall will not be open for our January meeting.  I do not know the prospects for the 2021 Valentine’s Dinner/Dance.  We need some lead time to make the arrangements with the vendors.  I hope to get word early in January for planning purposes.

This has been a most trying year for all of us, not only with the pandemic and the restrictions, but to extent that the illness has personally touched our retiree family and the active members of the PD sworn and non-sworn personnel.  I offer my sincere prayers to all touched by this misfortune.

I would like to recognize the loss of retired Sergeant Gary Hughes.  I had the opportunity of having him as a team sergeant.  It was a good experience working alongside a supervisor who was fair and very concerned for his subordinates.

You may have noticed a 2012 obituary for Betty Cunningham.  It was not an errant posting.  Mike Fehr, our PBA birthday cake procurer, and I have been updating the monthly birthday list of members not previously noted.  After some searching, her birth month of September was located and she was added.

Thank you all who communicated your concerns and best wishes to Nancy Becknall as she progresses through her treatment.  Chaplain Jim Becknall has always answered the bell for the PD family; now it is our turn to give Nancy and Jim have our unequivocal support many times over.

Many thanks to Leroy Pyle for his efforts to put out the Farsider.  The fodder provided by members near and far is most appreciated; please keep the photos and shared articles coming.  I strongly believe in maintaining the camaraderie alive, despite the prevailing negative sentiment for law enforcement; it will not break our spirits!

I close on an upbeat note; a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a most optimistic Happy New year to the women and men who continue to handle the day-to-day police and fire duties and the support staff and communications personnel that are very much an integral piece of the large puzzle.  To the retirees and PBA members, I add a heartfelt Thank You for your time of service!

Take care all and be safe,

Ernie Alcantar,
PBA President




A Few to make you Smile, Enjoy


Here are some things I didn’t know. When you see the picture of Pete the Pup, the dog with the circle around his eye, it is not hair, but was placed there by a makeup artist.  Who was the makeup artist?  A young man named Max Factor.  This makes a great trivia question at a party.

Only we, the vintage people would remember.  SPANKY & OUR GANG.  Some things I bet a lot of you didn’t know. I certainly didn’t!  These pictures are great.

Stymie — Mathew Bear led a life of crime and drugs. He died of a stroke at age 56.Froggy — William Robert Laughline was killed in a motor scooter accident at age 16.
Robert Hutchins was killed in an airplane accident at

Carl Switzer was shot to death at age 31.

300-pound Norman Chaney died at age 22 following an operation

Butch — Currently lives in California.

Robert Blake was accused of murdering his wife.  I did not know that was Robert Blake!  Did any of you?  Wow!


Buckwheat —

William Thomas died at age 49 of a heart attack. (wow I never knew that buckwheat was a male!!)

The Our Gang leading lady contracted hepatitis and died at age 47.

Kendall McCormas, known as Breezy Brisbane, committed suicide at age 64.

Pete the Pup — He was poisoned by an unknown assailant.

Scotty Beckett — He died at age 38 following a brutal beating.

age 19.



1.  The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner. 
2.  I was so bored, I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone.  He asked me what I was wearing.
3.  2019: Stay away from negative people.    2020: Stay away from positive people.
4.  The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors! 
5.  This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her dog.  It was obvious she thought her dog understood her.  I went into my house and told my cat.  We laughed a lot. 
6.  Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they  fit.  Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
7.  Does anyone know if we can take showers yet, or should we just keep washing our hands? 
8.  This virus has done what no woman has been able to do:  Cancel sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home! 
9.  I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole”, would become a national policy, but here we are!
10. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
11. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard. I’m getting tired of the Living Room.

12. Appropriate analogy:  “The curve is flattening so we can start lifting restrictions now, is like saying, “The parachute has slowed our rate of descent, so we can take it off now”.

13. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller with a facemask on and ask for money.



When a good cop leaves the “job” and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the “job” and merely being allowed to leave “active” duty.

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be call children of God,” and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever know.

POLICE FRIENDS: Will forward this…

There are those that think they understand. And then …

There are cops.

Harry Mullins-A nicely presented video on life values.

Justus for All

By Ron Martinelli

A book review by Dave Grossi

To borrow a baseball analogy, Ron Martinelli is now “2 for 2.” This second Wade Justus book, Justus for All, went considerably faster for me than his first novel, Absolute Justus. Maybe that’s because I just couldn’t put the darn thing down, or perhaps it’s because I knew the two main characters from the first book. So for a little lost sleep, I fished this fast-paced novel in one beach read. But even if you’ve never read Absolute Justus, the character development in this second work is excellent. The scene is Florence, Italy.

I’m of Italian descent and a past visitor to the “old country.” While my grandparents were from the southern part of Italy, mainly Sorrento, and the Naples region, I’ve spent some time in central Italy, the city of Florence, and the Tuscany region where Justus for All is set.

In this second novel, retired Texas Ranger Wade Justus and his son, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent Hunter, have embarked on a well-deserved vacation to Italy. Recovering emotionally and physically from a horrible serial sexual murder investigation that took place months earlier in Nashville, Wade and Hunter have settled in with the family of an Italian police officer friend of Hunter, Investigator Lida Aldobrandini.

Even if you’re not into novels with a foreign setting, this thriller could’ve been set in Cleveland, Newark, or LA. This page-turner takes place over a seven day period and involves Wade and Hunter’s participation in a Middle Eastern terrorist threat bent on murdering the President of Italy who’s visiting the city of Florence. That’s just the first two chapters. Mingled in with the sights around Florence, the novel’s main theme revolves around the working relationship between Wade and Investigator Aldobrandini after Hunter is wounded.

This piece reads like a movie script; fast-paced, filled with cop intrigue and the extremely accurate investigative techniques so familiar to us in the law enforcement industry. However, even those not ingrained in the police culture won’t be able to put this thriller down. I’m tempted to divulge more of what happens in this book, but I don’t want to spoil it for the reader who picks up Ron’s second Wade Justus novel. However, when you mix one retired Texas Ranger, a TBI special agent, add in a beautiful kick-ass female Italian police officer, and throw in several Middle Eastern terrorists, just for grins, needless to say, the body count tends to increase. The rest as they say is “history.”

Speaking of history, in case you missed my first book review on Absolute Justus, here’s some background on the author. Ron Martinelli is a retired detective from the San Jose, Calif. PD. He also happens to have a Ph.D. in Criminology, is a certified medical investigator, and testifies frequently as an expert in police practices cases.

While Ron’s professional creds may not seem irrelevant to his writing skills, his books are replete with accurate descriptions of the police culture, our investigative procedures, and tactics, as well as the forensics behind the crime-solving process we professionals use in closing cases. Cop or not, you’ll enjoy this great read.

Published by Page Publishing.


Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iTunes and WadeJustus.com.

eBook $9.95

Personalized and Autographed books by the author at: wadejustus.com

About the author:

Dave Grossi is a retired police lieutenant from upstate NY now residing in southwest FL. He was the Lead Instructor for the Calibre Press, Inc. Street Survival Seminars from 1988 through 2000.

Ron Martinelli, Ph.D., CMI-V
Forensic Criminologist
Certified Medical Investigator
Federal/State Courts Qualified Law Enforcement Practices Expert
Martinelli & Associates: Justice & Forensic Consultants, LLC
134 Stonegate South Boerne, TX 78006
Internet Phone: (951) 719-1450
130 S. Maple Street, Ste. C
Corona, CA 92880
Skype: DrRon1854

See Reviews HERE


Lucille decided to give herself a big treat for her 70th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice hotel.. When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00.

She demanded to know why the charge was so high “I agree it’s a nice hotel, but the rooms aren’t worth $250..00 for just an overnight stay – I didn’t even have breakfast!”

The clerk told her that $250.00 is the ‘standard rate,’ and breakfast had been included had she wanted it.

She insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and, forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: “This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which are available for use.”

“But I didn’t use them.”

‘Well, they are here, and you could have.” He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which they were so famous.”We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here.”

“But I didn’t go to any of those shows..”

“Well, we have them, and you could have.”

No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, “But I didn’t use it!” and the Manager countered with his standard response.

After several minutes discussion, and with the Manager still unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a check and gave it to him. The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check.

“But Madam, this check is for only $50.00”

“That’s correct I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me.”

“But I didn’t!”

“Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.”


On the chance you want to remember your old beat buddies with a birthday wish, or buy your old training officer at beer!


Amaral, Mike
Babineau, Cheryl
Bernardo, Guy
Christie, Kenn
Clifton, Craig
Daulton, Rich
DeMers, Don
Dooley, Jeff
Dotzler, Jenny
Dwyer, Pat
Esparza, John
Fazo, Dave
Fehr, Mike
Ferla, Al
Garino, Ken
Heiken, Al (Deceased)
Hendrix, Dave
Hill, Louie
Low, John
Lucarotti, Jim
Lundberg, Larry
Malcom, Roger (Deceased)
Mason, Bill
Mattos, Bill (Deceased)
Nunes, Joe
Reid, Fred
Reuter, Larry
Royal, Russ (Deceased)
Russell, Stan
Smith, Ron (Deceased)
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Stefanini, Mario (Deceased)
Tietgens, Rich
Villagrana, Manny
Weidner, Dave
Wiskell, Bill (Deceased)
Womack, Kenn

Adams, Gene Deceased)
Alcantar, Ernie
Baxter, Jack
Bowen, Gordy
Brocato, Dominic
Carlton, Jim
Christiansen, Rich
Confer, Rick
Betty Cunningham Deceased)
Destro, Tony
Flory, Dave (Deceased)
Hernandez, Rudy
Howell, Jim
Ingraham, George
Jackson, Curtis
Johnson, Mardy
Jurado, Manny
Keith, Gary
Lail, Hal (Deceased)
Le, Thang
Lobach, Bob
Luca, Dennis
Moudakas, Terry
Padilla, George
Pearce, Jim
Reyes, Moises Jr.
Schmidt, Paul
Weir, Tony
Wheatley, Tom
Yules, KenMARCH

Aguilar, Pete
Alvarez, Dave (Deceased)
Bailey, Bill (Deceased)
Belleci, Ron
Bermudes, John
Brown, Ernie
Bytheway, Glenn
Cardin, Randy
Carr, John Sr.
Chewey, Robert
Cottrell, Keith
Damon, Alan
vans, Ron
Habina, Ron
Haff, Jack
Hawkes, Ken
Jeffers, Jim
Leavy, Bill
Lovecchio, Pete
Paredes, Chuck
Pulliam, Norv
Ross, Mike
Smith, Kerry
Strickland, John
Summers, Bob
Trussler, John
VanDyck, Mike (Deceased)
Wendling, JayAPRIL

Albericci, Jerry (Deceased)
Ayoob, Paul
Balelsano, Bob
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Beatie, George
Bell, Bob
Blackmore, Chuck (Deceased)
Caro, Lynne
Comeli, Ivan
Couser, Rich
Davis, Bud
DeGeorge, Bob
Dini, Paul
Efegenio, Mark
Frazier, Rich
Gisburne, Bob
Gonzalez, Roberto
Hale, Don
Harris, Dale
Kosovilka, Bob
Kregel, John
Mattocks, Michael
McGuire, Pat
Meade, Don
Montano, Wil
Ouimet, Jeff
inck, Greg
Porter, John
Quinn, John
Ramon, Cha Cha
Realyvasquez, Armando
Robinson, Walt
Ross, Joe
Salerno, Paul (Deceased)
Santos, Bill
Savala, John
Schenini, Joanne
Silvers, Jim
Utz, Ron (Deceased)
Wedlow, Dean
Williams, Jodi
Williams, Rick

Alexander, Bruce

Blackstock, Carroll
Cadenasso, Rich (Deceased)
Chamness, Hank
Cook, John
Cortez, Darrell
Kocina, Ken (Deceased)
Kubo, Vince
McCall, George
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Allen
Otter, Larry
Petersen, Bruce (Deceased)
Powers, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Pyle, Leroy
Raymond, Greg
Seaman, Scott
Silva, Bill
Tenant, Ed (Deceased)
Tomas, Christina
Usoz, Steve
Vasquez, Dan
Vasquez, Daniel
Vasquez, Ted
Waggoner, Bill
Witmer, Dave
Wright, Doug (Deceased)


Ady, Robert
Aguirre, Jim
Anthony, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Bridgen, Dave (Deceased)
Browning, Robert
Caro, Bert
Cossey, Kent (Deceased)
Fox, Mike Jr.
Garringer, Roy (Deceased)
Graves, Pete
Grigg, Bruce
Givin, Wilbur (Deceased)
Gurley, Rich (Deceased)
Harmon, Paul
Hirata, Gary
Johnson, Tom (Deceased)
Kingsley, Fred
Korver, Greg
McMahon, Jim
McTeague, Dan (Deceased)
Miller, Rollie (Deceased)
Morrill, Greg
Morris, Jack
Nagengast, Tom (Deceased)
Payton, George (Deceased)
Ponte, Mike
Pryor, Steve
Robison, Manoh
Salvi, Pete
Schriefer, Hank (Deceased)
Shaver, John
Sides, Roger
St. Amour, Bob
Terry, Glenn
Unger, Bruce
Weesner, Greg
Weiser, Rich (Deceased)
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wilson, NealJULYAllen, Bob
Bacigalupi, Dave
Becerra, Manny (Deceased)
Bennert, Brian
Botar, Rick
Cannell, Tom
Clark, Bill
Davis, Bud
Elemen, Armando
Fair, Bruce
Flores, Felipe
Hosmer, Dewey
Keffer, Francis Sr. (Deceased)
Kimbrell, Tammy
Kleman, Karl
Lowry, Mike (Deceased)
Mendez, Mike
Metcalfe, Mickey
Mills, Don
Mitchell, Bill
Potter, Pat
Raye, Bruce
Rice, Lyle
Rodgers, Phil
Savage, Scott
Shannon, Clarence (Deceased)
Stangel, Harry
Tannehill, Ron
Tice, Stan
Torres, Gilbert
Wagner, Jim
Werkema, Jim
Windisch, Steve Jr.AUGUST

Abram, Fred
Archie, Dan
Boyd, Pat
Brasil, Mario
Bui, Mike
Busch, Dennis
Byers, Dave
Campbell, John
Demers, Buck
Diehl, John (Deceased)
Dishman, Billy
Dulong, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Ewing, Don
Fanucchi, Roscoe
Galios, Chris
Gay, Brian
Grant, Robert
Hahn, Chuck
Hazen, Skip
Fernandez, Ernie
Holser, George
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Gary
Katz, Dan
Kinsworthy, Lloyd
Kurz, Eric
Lane, Andy
Martinez, Karen
Mello, Steve
Norton, Phil (Deceased)
Pitts, Phil
Priddy, Loren
Reeves, Curt
Rendler, Bill
Roberson, Mike
Rose, Wendell (Deceased)
Roy, Charlie (Deceased)
Sanfilippo, Roy (Deceased)
Scanlan, Pete
Smith, B.T.
Smith, Lew (Deceased)
Tokiwa, Robin
Tozer, Dave
Tuminia, Pete
Wall, Chuck
Wiley, Bruce
Wilson, Lee (Deceased)
Wilson, Stan
Windisch, Steve Sr. (Deceased)

Arca, Rich
Basilio, Les
Bergtholdt, Doug
Brockman, Joe (Deceased)
Brown, Dennis
Delgado, Dave
Dolezal, Dennis
Edillo-Brown, Margie Farlow, Paul
Gaumont, Ron
Giorgiani, Joe
Grande, Carm
Hardpainter, Bob (Deceased) Hendrickson, Dave Jaeger, George
Koenig, Heinz
Mallet, Bill
Marsh, Scott
Montes, Jose
Morton, Bruce
Oliver, Pete
Overstreet, Jim
Parrot, Aubrey
Schembri, Mike
Shuey, Craig
Simpson, Terry
Sterner, Mike
Suits, Jim
Tietgens, Don
Wicker, JoeOCTOBER

Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Bailey, Rich
Bell, Mark
Bennett, Nate
Biederman, Margie
Boyles, John
Brahm, Bob
Cripe, Rodger
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Hollars, Bob
Hyland, Brian
Kensit, John
Kneis, Brian
Madison, Gary
Marcotte, Steve
Nunes, Les
Papenfuhs, Steve
Russel, Russ
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie
Weesner, Steve (Deceased)
Yuhas, Dick
Zwemke, DougNOVEMBER

Boone, Terry
Bullock, Dan
Burke, Karol
Cavallo, Alan
Earnshaw, Joe (Deceased)
Estrabao, Dario
Guerin, Pete (Deceased)
Harper, Glenn
Hildebrandt, Karen
Lansdown, Sharon
Leong, Ken
Linden, Larry
McCollum, Daniele
Moir, Bob
Moorman, Jim
Ngo, Phan O’Donnell, Tom
Pappalardo, Tony (Deceased)
Reinhardt, Bob
Rogers, Vince
Sims, Bill
Smith, Bill (Deceased)
Smith, Jerry
Thomas, Art
Thompson, Gary
Wysuph, Dave


Allen, Bryan

Barikimo, Jon
Biebel, Phil
Borbons, Carl
Brookins, Dennis
Brown, Charles
Buckhout, Craig
Carr, John Jr.
Christiansen, Bob
Cornfield, Scott
Finton, Roger (Deceased)
Grant, Doug
Guido, Jim
Gwillim, Reese
Handforth, Terry
Hunter, Dick (Deceased)
Jacksteit, Ken
Knea, Tim
Knopf, Art (Deceased)
Lagergren, Fred
LaRault, Gary
Lanctot, Noel
Lewis, Marv

Mazzone, Tom
McNamara, Joe Chief (Deceased)
Ortega, Dan
Palmanteer, Jim
Percelle, Ralph
Raul, Gary
Sauao, Dennis
Zenahlik, Tom


Pending Birthday Listings

Editor: Which means we don’t have the month. Any help filling in appreciated!

Pat Alvarez
Ed Flosi
Earl Lewis
Steve McEwan
John Nunes
Jeremy Martinez
Don Parks
Wil Smoke (Deceased)
Paul Spagnoli

Something to look forward to if travelling this year!
Denver Airport Holiday Flash Mob
Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport were surprised with
an entertaining treat when 100 dancers performed to a medley of Swing classics.
Beautifull Moonrise

Something most of us never see…………………

How many of you love a moon rise! A video from the Byron Bay lighthouse at the northern tip of New South Wales, Australia. Because of its unique geographical location, it can be seen and photographed only locally. Enjoy the moon rise for more than three minutes to witness the most beautiful view from the easternmost part of Australia! A moon rise to be remembered for a long time… to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Get the bad news out of the way and get ready for the

In San Francisco, 621 people have died of drug overdoses this year, a total that is triple the number of people who have died from COVID (173).San Francisco’s Greater Pandemic — Overdose Deaths

Tombstones honor 196 homeless people who died in Silicon Valley

Need A Job?

Stay-at-home order likely to be extended
The coronavirus continues to spread out of control across California, but hundreds of thousands of vaccines are on the way

Good Riddance, 2020!

How guys in Saudi Arabia change the tires of their Toyota FJ Cruiser.