Retired Sgt. Bill Sims #1407 passed away last night (1/4/2021).  Bill had several health issue and a lung infection he couldn’t knock out (not COVID).  He passed away quickly with his family by his side.

Bill served 24 years at the SJPD and medically retired in 1994.  He took residence in Rocklin, CA.  Bill worked various units and did the longest stint in SAIU.  He was one of the first Sergeants assigned to the Horse Mounted Unit.  He just loved HMU.

His son, Jay, says there may be a Celebration of Life down the road.


Our condolences to the Sims family.  Rest In Peace Warrior.

Written by Jay Sims about his father retired Sgt. Bill Sims.  
Rest In Peace Dad. 11/29/36 – 1/4/20
There are not adequate words to describe my father except to say that his love was unconditional. He is my hero. His duty was honorable and he saved many lives. So many things he didn’t share with us kids about his job. But he shared his sense of honor. Taught us the importance of honesty above all else. “You can lose trust in a moment but it takes a very long time to earn it back.” My dad is now with my mother, after 16 months without her. He wanted a couple things this past year: To vote. To celebrate his birthday. He did those. 
I am so incredibly grateful that he also spent a wonderful Christmas Day with us at Jay and Karen’s home and reached my mother just in time to watch over all of us this new year. 
I will carry my whole life of his memories and lessons with me.  
Love you Daddy.



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.


Duty – Honor – Country
On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was: “How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknown?”
All three missed it.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknown and why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any
military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he wait after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as above.

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10′ and 6′ 2′ tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.’

Other requirements of the Guard:

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn.

The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.

Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.

All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.

They respectfully declined the offer, ‘No way, Sir!’ Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.

The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.
God Bless and Keep Them
I don’t usually suggest that many posts be forwarded, but I’d be very proud if this one reached as many people as possible.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
Duty – Honor – Country


Blessed with another great book review from a respected colleague and a well-known law enforcement expert, Dave Grossi.
ViewView Reviews HERE


How a Real Man Cuts Down His Christmas Tree







Let me know how the about display compares with below video.


A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife.

She was a very good-looking woman and determined to keep the ranch,  but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two cowboys applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk.

She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk.

He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching.

For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well.

Then one day, the rancher’s widow said to the hired hand, “You have done a really good job, and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels.” The hired hand readily agreed and went into town Saturday night.

One o’clock came and he didn’t return. Two o’clock and no hired hand.

Finally, he returned around two-thirty, and upon entering the house, he found the rancher’s widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him.

She quietly called him over to her.  “Unbutton my blouse and take it off,” she said.

Trembling, he did as she directed.   “Now take off my boots.”      

He did as she asked, ever so slowly.   “Now take off my socks.”     

He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.  

“Now take off my skirt.”   He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.  

“Now take off my bra.”  Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.

Then she looked deep into his eyes and said, “If you EVER wear my clothes into town again, you’re fired”

(P.S. – I didn’t see it coming either)


WARNING:  If you are not a senior don’t bother to look at these pictures because you will not understand!


If you remember most of these        –    

You (like me) must be really old    .         
Spread the laughter, share the cheer,    
Let’s be happy while we’re still here!!

If you want to start the new year off right,

you could adopt the resolutions shown in

the attached video . . . or not. 


Bay Area welcomes new babies as tumultuous year draws to a close.
Boy born in San Francisco at 12:06; Four minutes later another boy is born in San Jose



Covid-19 may deny us a Vday dinner 🙁



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