Loss of a Teammate

Shift Ends for another Colleague

News, this morning was of a sad nature. A co-worker from the Anchorage Police Department passed away suddenly. I extend my prayers and condolences to the family and bid Pat O’Brien a sad farewell.

Anchorage is small department even if it is the largest in Alaska by stateside standards we were a tight knit group. Mostly Pat worked the day shift, and I worked nights. For the last six months before I left to go to detectives, I had changed to day shift and worked at least a couple days a week with him.

Pat was a dedicated officer, and it was around that time, I think just after my stint on days that he nearly died attempting to arrest a killer who shot Pat in the neck. He not only survived he returned to duty and stayed until he retired well after when I left to move to Texas.

Seems like every day now or at least way too often another officer that served Anchorage with me and wore the same kind of uniform and badge that I once wore dies. APD lost another alumnus, God’s speed Pat, your shift is over.

About ricksteebyauthor

Biography • Born in Kansas to John A and Deloris M Steeby in Oswego Kansas July 9th, 1953. • Family moved to Alaska in 1954 • Started School at Chugiak Elementry School in 1959 the Year Alaska Became a state. • Attended High School at Chugiak High School and graduated in 1972 • US Army Military Police 1972-1975 Fort Ord California Basic Training • Fort Gordan GA Advanced Training Military Police Academy • Honorable Discharge October 1975 • Worked on Alyeska Pipeline construction and other construction projects in Alaska. (learned to read w/dyslexia before I knew I had dyslexia) • Worked on the side as Assistant big game guide for Don Sisson Guide Service • Bought a Piper PA 18 – 150 Super Cub and became a licensed private pilot. • Worked five years on the North Slope Oilfield as a Security Guard • Applied for and was accepted with the Anchorage Police Department Feb 1983 • Patrol Officer, Uniformed Investigator, Member Major Crime Scene Team, Detective Crimes Against Children and Detective Robbery. Left APD in good standing to move to Texas in Aug 1993 (My non-fiction writing experience) • Self-employed siding contractor and MLM business • Graduated Strayer University with a BS Degree in Computer Science at age 50. • Started contracting company NoVa Barrier Waterproofing Systems LLC founder. • I am an advanced Toastmaster and past president of the GUTS Toastmasters Club in Annandale VA. Public Speaker. Writing speeches and stories for speeches for twenty years. • Active on social media and write many short commentaries on political subjects and short stories. (Average over 100,000 words a week based on my grammar tracking software) • Author, Escape from Playa Del Carmen and Getting Home 2016, Don Sackett Novels, third Sackett Novel in the works, Paten for Death. I am looking for a good agent to get my work published.
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