Category: Public Safety
Union Helps Newtown Officer with PTSD Get Help
Six months after Officer Thomas Bean responded to the bloody scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were gunned down, Police Chief Michael Kehoe tried to fire him.
Fallen AFSCME Brothers Honored at Law Enforcement Vigil
Law enforcement officers from around the country came together in our nation’s capital this week to honor those who fell in the line of duty. Among those whose names were added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial were three AFSCME members.
Cab Drivers United Seeks Protections Against Violence
Following a two-week period in which two Chicago cab drivers were robbed at knifepoint by a passenger, Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Council 31 is renewing the call for further reforms to protect Chicago’s 12,000 cab drivers.
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Member Is Life Saver
All across America, there are countless public employees who work every day to help keep us safe. Among them is Elizabeth Cleveland, an emergency communications operator and a member of Local 2364 (AFSCME Iowa Council 61).
Recommendations on Policing Go to President
Public safety officers and AFSCME members from Alaska to Connecticut testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which on March 4 submitted those recommendations and others to President Obama.
Suspect in Oregon Killing of AFSCME Member Faces Murder Charge
A suspect who allegedly shot and killed Grady Waxenfelter, a member of AFSCME Oregon Local 350, Council 75, could spend the rest of his life in prison if found guilty on a murder charge.
Quick Action Saves Seven from Burning House
Seven Coeymans, New York, residents can thank quick action by local police dispatch, officers and firefighters for saving their lives last month. AFSCME member Brian Rinaldi located seven people on the roof as their house was engulfed in flames.
Sandy Hook Proves Need for PTSD Coverage for All Police
"Nobody wants to hear the story told by the Newtown officer who responded to Sandy Hook Elementary and entered the first grade classroom to find an entire class full of 6-year-old children murdered by a deranged young man with an assault rifle.”
Walker Proposal Threatens to Reduce Prison Security
Walker’s short-sighted proposal to eliminate the third (overnight) shift in state prison guard towers simply to save approximately $6 million out of a $68 billion two-year budget is a disaster waiting to happen.
Caution! Man at Work for You
Pennsylvania snowplow driver Stewart Ferguson first realized how important his job was during the blizzard of 1992-93, when he was able to clear a path for an ambulance carrying a woman who needed heart surgery.
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