September 17, 2021

We were given the green light to host the September PBA meeting and we had a good turn-out! Two new members were added; welcome to Dave Samsel who sent in his application and Bob Finnie who attended the meeting. Dennis Busch returned to the fold, after a two-year absence; welcome back. The board discussed and recommended a $1000 donation to the San Jose Police Emerald Society as part of their annual fundraiser. Bob Bennert made a motion for the donation and it was seconded by Dave Wysuph. The members in attendance voted to carry the motion. Raffle prizes donated by: Retired Fire Chief Dale Foster and wife Ilene, retired dispatcher (Ford Interceptor model car), Ernie Hernandez (wine bottle), Bill Matos (posthumously, infrared oven, spot cleaner vacuum), Al McCulloch (bottle of his family produced wine), Fred Lagergren (Jack Daniels bottle), Anonymous (Commemorative US Stamps), and your PBA. All contributions are very much appreciated, thank you! Condolences to the families of retired PBA members, Sgt. Glenn Terry and Ofc. Paul Schmidt.A happy birthday to the September group! The winners of the $25 gift cards are:
Joe Giorgiani Bass Pro
Mike Schembri Dunkin Donuts
Their cards have been mailed out. Enjoy on behalf of the PBA. We finally got an updated mailing address for Stan Tice so I can resend his July gift card. Please ensure the PBA has your correct mailing address. Updates can be sent to Larry Lundberg; lumpyl@sbcglobal.netAs always; if you may have a question, concern or comment and would like to reach out, my email is:
uunnoo@sbcglobal.netErnie Alcantar
PBA President

September Birthdays

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, Joe


Craig Clifton, Ken Jacksteit, Roger Cripe, Phil Biebel, Wil Montano

Cha Cha Ramon, Reese Gwillim, Bob Finnie, Rich Daulton

Brian Bennert, Doug Bergtholdt, Bob Summers, Al McCulloch, Jim Guido, Tony Destro, Bruce Morton
Bob Kosovilka, Buck DeMers, Dave Wysuph

Ernie Hernandez, Mike Mendez, Darrell Cortez

Pete Tuminia (State Agent), Tom McCreedy

Paul Gardner, Larry Lundberg, Heinz Koenig

Mike Fox (Goodwill President-CEO), John Carr Sr.

Steve Windisch, Terry Handforth

Rich Arca, Mike Sterner, Norv Pulliam

George Padilla, Don Parks, Gary Purcelle (Ralph’s Brother), Ralph Purcelle
Fred Lagergren, Steve Windisch

Jay Wendling – Celebration of Life

From Boni Wendling: There will be a Celebration of Life for Jay at the POA on October 2nd from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. John Nguyen will be catering his usual delicious appetizers and lunch. I hope to see as many of Jay’s friends as possible from the Department he loved. Please share this invite with all you know and it would be so wonderful if everyone could share those old stories that were usually reserved for Bruni’s!


Passing of Retired SJPD
Sgt. Larry Weir #1517
No further information at this time. If we are made aware of a memorial service, or other relevant information, we will pass that information on to you.

RIP Paul Schmidt
Paul Edward Schmidt
Feb. 19, 1942 – Aug. 25, 2021
Resident of San Jose

Paul, 79, passed away in peace in San Jose on August 25, 2021. Born in Oakland, CA, Paul grew up in a tight-knit and loving family. After Oakland HS and Oakland City College, he moved to San Jose in 1961 to attend SJSU. He was hired by the SJ Police Department in 1964 and worked full time while finishing up his BA in Administration of Justice with a minor in Psychology. Paul was a lifelong member of Chi Pi Sigma, a law enforcement fraternity. He served in the Coast Guard reserve. He worked for the PD for 30 years and then as a reserve officer. He was honored in 1991 for his “skilled police work” on a case. He met his beloved wife Carol (Reedy) via a blind date in 1967 and they married 16 months later.
Paul had many activities and hobbies and was involved in many organizations—he grew up singing in choirs, camping, fishing and hiking with his family. He loved boating and water skiing. He cherished his 1965 Ford Mustang and later restored it to its original condition. He played adult soccer and then coached both his children’s PAL soccer teams for 9 years, serving as Equipment Chairman, and winning the Coach of the Year award in 1982. He and Carol began attending Los Gatos Christian in 1978, raising their children in the Lord, and were involved in their Shepherding Group. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, genealogy, travel, and serving on Boards of both the International Police Association and the Association of Retired San Jose Police Officers and Firefighters. He provided care for his parents and his in-laws. He will be remembered for his kindness, his laughter, and certainly, his practical jokes!
He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Carol; son PJ (Jennifer) and daughter Karyn (Kurt Morrill); grandchildren Ben Schmidt, Samuel and Nathan Morrill; his brother David; as well as nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and dear lifelong friends.
He is preceded in death by parents Paul & Margaret (Viera) Schmidt and brother Larry.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Sept 18th at 10:30 a.m. at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos. The graveside service will be private. Please RSVP via themorrills@yahoo.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to CurePSP, Progressive Sypranuclear Palsy (psp.org).
View the online memorial for Paul Edward Schmidt

Manoah (Robbie) Robison is suffering from ALS (Lou Gerig’s disease) of the mouth, tongue and throat. It is incurable and his wife Linda says she doesn’t think he will make it to Christmas. He just had a feeding tube inserted and his talking is reduced to just garbles.  He is however still physically strong and would love to have friends visit at their home. Linda asks that you call or text her cell first at (209) 484-9013. If you want to talk to Robbie she can put her phone on speaker and he can write responses or just listen.
Their address is: 1752 Daniel Dr. Ripon, Ca 95366
Robbie’s email is: samsonsdad@gmail.com

Messimer. Dwight has a heart condition that has resulted in two major attacks in March. His doctor’s say he won’t survive another and are only giving him a few months to live. Dwight is still mentally strong and still has a quick wit about him. Dwight just finished his 14th historical military novel last year and they are all on Amazon. The screen rights of one book was purchased by a Hollywood producer but the movie has yet to be made. He would like friends to stop by for a visit or call, text or email. His wife Rainey is taking care of him and is looking forward to visits from Dwight’s friends.
Their address is: 1909 Edinburgh, Roseville, Ca. 95661
Dwight’s cell # is: (916) 749-5163
His email is: dwightmessimer@gmail.com

Vaccine mandate has prompted him to resign

San Jose is among those requiring all employees to show proof of a COVID vaccination by Sept. 30. Now some worry that could lead to a wave of resignations, creating a new kind of public safety problem.

Dave Gutierrez, a reserve police officer in San Jose, said the vaccine mandate has prompted him to resign.

Gutierrez is not vaccinated, but said he was more than willing to submit to weekly negative COVID tests in order to keep his position. Instead, the new city mandate forced his hand and he worked his last shift as a San Jose reserve officer on Saturday.

“To me it’s my faith,” he said. “What I will and won’t put in my body and I chose not to be vaccinated.”

 Good people can do good things….
notice that politicians were not involved:




Doggos Reunited With Owners AFTER YEARS!

The Greatest German Shepherds



62 Spectacular Photos Show the Wonders of Nature

It takes 9 to 27 days for the eggs to hatch but that doesn’t mean their spider mom is going to leave them right after they hatch. In fact, the baby spiders will stay on their mother’s back until they are old enough to hunt for their own food.

This poor pig was trying to escape its fate and seek freedom from the slaughterhouse when it jumped out of a truck full of other pigs.

This adorable little elephant was stuck in a man-made hole in concrete. We’re not quite sure how it got there since it had to walk backwards to get stuck in this position but there is no doubt that this baby elephant needed some help finding its way out.

Yes, this is a real-life photograph of a man cycling and trying to escape a bear in Alaska. Even though bears don’t attack humans often, we still fear them more than we fear snakes or bees, which are more likely to harm us than bears.

This tree full of goats is located in Morocco and it is called the Argania tree. This is actually a very rare tree that produces a tasty nut that goats can’t resist. When looking at the photo, you might think the goats are actually hiding from something down below. Well, that’s not the case because the goats weren’t in any danger after all.

This might be the coolest Facebook cover photo ever taken. The girl in the photo, named Audra Thomas, took this opportunity and had her picture taken in front of an F-1 tornado. However, she does come from Beaver City, Nebraska, where tornado’s aren’t unusual so we understand why she is so calm and peaceful in the picture.

The beluga whales live in the Arctic waters and, due to their unique anatomical traits, they are quite different from other whale species. Besides the strange human-like knees, beluga whales also have white coloring and no dorsal fin. (Aha! Origin of the Mermaid tales)

What at first glance looks like dark camels walking reveals itself to actually be more of an illusion upon closer investigation. See the white stripes in the sand? Those are the real camels! The larger shapes are their shadows, cast along the ground as the sun shines across the camels’ backs. American photographer George Steinmetz managed to capture the exemplary photo by using a motorized paraglider which consisted of a motor, a wing, and harness for a single pilot. He had to steer the paraglider 500 feet in the air while trying to focus on the perfect shot!

Named Cuff and Link, these two turtles have recently celebrated their 44th birthday. After filming “Rocky,” Stallone decided to keep the turtles and, rumor has it that they might appear in “Creed 2.”

Two photographers did a great job merging two photos to present the wildlife in Australia. If you didn’t know how snakes made love, now you learned something new. And yes, a dingo can actually eat a shark, as it is shown on the picture.





Transcript from Todd Beamer who was on Flight 93
Todd: Hello… Operator…listen to me…I can’t speak very loud. – This is an emergency. I’m a passenger on a United flight to San Francisco.. We have a situation here….Our plane has been hijacked…..can you understand me? 

Lisa: (exhaling a deep breath to herself) I understand… Can the hijackers see you talking on the phone? 

Todd: No 

Lisa: Can you tell me how many hijackers are on the plane? 

Todd: There are three that we know of. 

Lisa: Can you see any weapons? What kind of weapons do they have? 

Todd: Yes…. they don’t have guns….they have knives – they took over the plane with knives. 

Lisa: Do you mean…like steak knives? 

Todd: No, these are razor knives…like box cutters. 

Lisa: Can you tell what country these people are from? 

Todd: No…..I don’t know. They sound like they’re from the mid-east. 

Lisa: Have they said what they want? 

Todd: Someone announced from the cockpit that there was a bomb on board. He said he was the captain and to stay in our seats and stay quiet. 

He said that they were meeting these men’s demands and returning to the airport… It was very broken English, and… I’m telling you…it sounded fake! 

Lisa: Ok sir, please give me your name. 

Todd: My name is Todd Beamer. 

Lisa: Ok Todd….my name is Lisa…Do you know your flight number? If you can’t remember, it’s on your ticket. 

Todd: It’s United Flight 93. 

Lisa: Now Todd, can you try to tell me exactly what happened? 

Todd: Two of the hijackers were sitting in first class near the cockpit. A third one was sitting near the back of the coach section. The two up. front got into the cockpit somehow; there was shouting. The third hijacker said he had a bomb. It looks like a bomb. He’s got it tied to his waist with a red belt of some kind. 

Lisa: So is the door to the cockpit open? 

Todd: No, the hijackers shut it behind them. 

Lisa: Has anyone been injured? 

Todd: Yes, ..they…they killed one passenger sitting in first class. There’s been lots of shouting. We don’t know if the pilots are dead or alive. A flight attendant told me that the pilot and copilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded. 

Lisa: Where is the 3rd hijacker now Todd? 

Todd: He’s near the back of the plane. They forced most of the passengers into first class. There are fourteen of us here in the back. Five are flight attendants. He hasn’t noticed that I slipped into this pantry to get the phone. The guy with the bomb ordered us to sit on the floor in the rear of the plane……….oh Jesus.. Help! 

Lisa: Todd….are you ok? Tell me what’s happening! 

Todd: Hello…..We’re going down….I think we’re going to crash……Wait – wait a minute. No, we’re leveling off….we’re ok. I think we may be turning around…..That’s it – we changed directions. Do you hear me….we’re flying east again. 

Lisa: Ok Todd…. What’s going on with the other passengers? 

Todd: Everyone is… really scared. A few passengers with cell phones have made calls to relatives. A guy, Jeremy, was talking to his wife just before the hijacking started. She told him that hijackers had crashed two planes into the World Trade Center……Lisa is that true?? 

Lisa: Todd…..I have to tell you the truth…..it’s very bad. The World Trade Center is gone. Both of the towers have been destroyed. 

Todd: Oh God —help us! 

Lisa: A third plane was taken over by terrorists. It crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Our country is under attack….and I’m afraid that your plane may be part of their plan. 

Todd: Oh dear God. Dear God…….Lisa, will you do something for me? 

Lisa: I’ll try….if I can….Yes. 

Todd: I want you to call my wife and my kids for me and tell them what’s happened. Promise me you’ll call.. 

Lisa: I promise – I’ll call. 

Todd: Our home number is 201 353-1073…….You have the same name as my wife…Lisa….We’ve been married for 10 years. She’s pregnant with our 3rd child. Tell her that I love her…….(choking up)..I’ll always love her..(clearing throat) We have two boys.. David, he’s 3 and Andrew, he’s 1…..Tell them……(choking) tell them that their daddy loves them and that he is so proud of them. (clearing throat again) Our baby is due January 12th…..I saw an ultra sound…..it was great….we still don’t know if it’s a girl or a boy………Lisa? 

Lisa: (barely able to speak) I’ll tell them, I promise Todd. 

Todd: I’m going back to the group—if I can get back I will… 

Lisa: Todd, leave this line open…are you still there?…… 

Lisa: (dials the phone..) Hello, FBI, my name is Lisa Jefferson, I’m a telephone supervisor for GTE. I need to report a terrorist hijacking of a United Airlines Flight 93….Yes I’ll hold. 

Goodwin: Hello, this is Agent Goodwin.. I understand you have a hijacking situation? 

Lisa: Yes sir, I’ve been talking with a passenger, a Todd Beamer, on Flight 93 who managed to get to an air phone unnoticed. 

Goodwin: Where did this flight originate, and what was its destination? 

Lisa: The flight left Newark New Jersey at 8 A.M. departing for San Francisco. The hijackers took over the plane shortly after takeoff, and several minutes later the plane changed course – it is now flying east. 

Goodwin: Ms. Jefferson…I need to talk to someone aboard that plane. Can you get me thru to the planes phone? 

Lisa: I still have that line open sir, I can patch you through on a conference call…hold a mo….. 

Todd: Hello Lisa, Lisa are you there? 

Lisa: Yes, I’m here. Todd, I made a call to the FBI, Agent Goodwin is on the line and will be talking to you as well. 

Todd: The others all know that this isn’t your normal hijacking. Jeremy called his wife again on his cell phone. She told him more about the World Trade Center and all. 

Goodwin: Hello Todd. This is Agent Goodwin with the FBI. We have been monitoring your flight. Your plane is on a course for Washington, DC. These terrorists sent two planes into the World Trade Center and one plane into the Pentagon. Our best guess is that they plan to fly your plane into either the White House or the United States Capital Building. 

Todd: I understand…hold on……I’ll…….I’ll be back.. 

Lisa: Mr. Goodwin, how much time do they have before they get to Washington? 

Goodwin: Not long ma’am. They changed course over Cleveland; they’re approaching Pittsburgh now. Washington may be twenty minutes away. 

Todd: (breathing a little heavier) The plane seems to be changing directions just a little. It’s getting pretty rough up here. The plane is flying real erratic….We’re not going to make it out of here. Listen to me….I want you to hear this….I have talked with the others….we have decided we would not be pawns in these hijackers suicidal plot. 

Lisa: Todd, what are you going to do? 

Todd: We’ve hatched a plan. Four of us are going to rush the hijacker with the bomb. After we take him out, we’ll break into the cockpit. A stewardess is getting some boiling water to throw on the hijackers at the controls. We’ll get them….and we’ll take them out. Lisa, …..will you do one last thing for me? 

Lisa: Yes…What is it? 

Todd: Would you pray with me? 

They pray: Our father which art in Heaven 

Hallowed be thy name, 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread, 

And forgive us our trespasses 

As we forgive our trespassers, 

And lead us not into temptation 

But deliver us from evil 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory 


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… 

He makes me to lie down in green pastures 

He leads me beside the still waters 

He restores my soul 

He leads me in paths of righteousness 

for His name’s sake 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death 

I will fear no evil, for thou art with me….. 

Todd: (softer) God help me…Jesus help me….(clears throat and louder) 

Are you guys ready?…….. 

Let’s Roll……………………