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DETECTIVE SERGEANT BOB BAESCHLIN'S 96TH BIRTHDAY
MY THREE HEROES IN THE DEPARTMENT WERE RICE TURNER, JOHN RHOADS AND BOB BAESCHLIN. CPL.TURNER BROKE ME IN WHILE IN UNIFORM. LT. JOHN RHOADS WAS MY COMMANDER IN THE HELECOPTER PROGRAM AND IN 1968 DETECTIVE SERGEANT BOB BAESCHLIN BROKE ME IN AS A GENERAL ASSIGNMENT DETECTIVE, BEFORE WE HAD SPECIALTY INVESTIGATIVE UNITS. ALL THREE WERE CHARACTERS BUT BOB BY FAR WAS THE MOST"UNIQUE" CHARACTER I HAVE EVER HAD THE PLEASURE TO WORK UNDER.
AT THE TIME BOB WAS 47 AND TO A YOUNG 26YR. OLD, HE WAS AN OLD GRUMPY,CIGAR CHEWING,FORMER WWII MARINE THAT CUSSED LIKE THERE WAS NO TOMORROW.HE NEVER HEARD OF THEN OR NOW THE TERM OF BEING "POLITICALLY CORRECT". HE WAS THE BEST STREET DETECTIVE I HAVE EVER KNOWN. HE MADE DET. SGT. TWICE, AFTER GETTING BUSTED IN RANK FOR TELLING A HIGH RANKING OFFICIAL AT THAT TIME WHAT HE COULD KISS BUT GOT HIS RANK BACK LATER UNDER A NEW CHIEF, GEORGE PANAGULIS. BOB LIVED IN KENTLAND AND ALSO WORKED HARD AND BECAME THE CHIEF AND PRESIDENT OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT THERE. BOB WORE A HEARING AIDE HIS ENTIRE CAREER AND ALWAYS HAD A SLIGHT LIMP. IN THE 1950'S ANOTHER FORMER MARINE ON THE DEPT. AT THAT TIME, PHIL KEARNS HELPED BOB TO GET HIRED ON TO THE DEPARTMENT EVEN WITH THE MEDICAL INJURIES THAT HE RECEIVED IN COMBAT IN WW II.
BOB WAS 20 WHEN THE JAPANESE ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR AND HE JOINED THE MARINES. HIS HEARING WAS BADLY DAMAGED DURING THE BATTLE OF GUADALCANAL, WHEN HE ALLOWED ANOTHER MARINE TO REST A BAR, A LIGHT MACHINE GUN, ON HIS SHOULDER TO BETTER SIGHT IN ON THE ADVANCING ENEMY DURING COMBAT. BOB WAS ALSO SHOT DURING THAT FIREFIGHT AND RECEIVED THE PURPLE HEART. HE NEVER TALKED ABOUT THIS UNTIL I ASKED HIM ABOUT IT AT HIS 96TH BIRTHDAY LUNCH, WHILE EATING RIBS AND DRINKING A BEER THIS PAST NOV.11, 2017 NEAR HIS HOME IN MIRAMAR, FLORIDA.
I GAVE BOB THE PGPD'S MILITARY VETERANS COIN MADE BY FOP89, FOR HIS "CONTINUED SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY"AS STATED ON THE COIN, FOR HIS BIRTHDAY FROM THE DEPARTMENT. HE WAS VERY TOUCHED AND HONORED TO HAVE BEEN A UNITED STATES MARINE AND A PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY POLICE OFFICER. BOB ALSO WAS AN EARLY OFFICER, WAY BACK THEN, OF THE NEWLY FOUNDED FOP89 AND DEEPLY LOVES THE HIS FOP AND POLICE DEPARTMENT. BOB IS THE OLDEST LIVING RETIREE AND ONE HELL OF A GUY. HE STILL HAS HIS SENSE OF HUMOR FOR LETTING ME SLIP IN THE PRINCESS BALLOON, WHEN I WAS TAKING PICTURES ON HIS BIRTHDAY.
PROUD TO BE HIS FRIEND, MIKE FLAHERTY #177
BOB LIVES WITH HIS DAUGHTER, PENNY AND WOULD CERTAINLY ENJOY A CARD OR EMAIL...FORTUNATELY, HE REALLY HAS A HARD TIME HEARING ON PHONE CALLS.
NEW'E-MAIL AND ADDRESS:
6434 Coral Lake Drive
Margate, FL 33063
Brother Paul Clements has been moved to Solomon's Nursing Center 13325 Dowell Rf. Solomons, MD 20688.
Phone 410-326-0077 He will be there for about 20 days. Visitors are welcomed.
Bonnie Glaubitz - This is a Bob Spigner update: Bob, His Mom and the Doctor and the powers that be had a meeting this morning.....Bob will not be going back to the Apartment with his Mother, his new home is room 239 in the Health Unit for the rest of his life. He is not a Happy Camper....very depressed. Bob has to be lifted with a lift into his wheelchair which he can't use alone because of his impaired vision....he runs into things, he can't stay in it very long it hurts his back, when in bed he has to be turned periodicaly in the bed to prevent bed sores, he has a hard time eating, I don't know what else to say except its very sad.....his Mom said she never thought at age 87 she would have to live alone, she thought Bob would be taking care of her. Please if you get time visit him. He needs to know he hasn't been forgotten I am told he can't use the phone but cards and visits are welcome. Brother John Davey went by to visit Bob and found him at this address. 11750 Asbury Circle Solomons, MD 20685 room 240
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