MEMBERS' WELL BEING
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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
It is with a heavy heart that the Retired Association membership is notified of the death of Past FOP President Laney Hester #276 . President Hester joined the Department in 1968 and retired in 1985. He was 71 years old.
Brother Hester's son Major Ryan Hester, United States Army, is serving in Italy and called the Association. He asked that the following quote from General George Patton be posted.
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
Arrangements will be posted when received.
8795 Dawes Lake Rd Mobile, AL 36619
From Brother Wayne Watson
It has been a long hard road for Elaine with Alzheimer's. Any prayers help, that is our strength. I held her hand from 8:00 am yesterday until the last bit of pulse at 1;13 pm when I had the attendant get the head nurse and she was pronounced at 1:20 PM. I was able to say good-by to her Sunday morning when she started to shut down so rapidly. I told her to wait by the gate, it wouldn't be long and we could walk up to the thrown together. She squeezed my hand and hung onto it for nearly ten hours, later they were able to give her morphine and as it took effect she relaxed and fell asleep and I was able to rest for a few hours. I got three hours sleep in two days.
There will be a viewing at the First Baptist Church of Georgetown 20304 Dupont Blvd. Georgetown, Delaware on Friday November 17, 2017 from 10 AM till 11 AM. There will be a service at the church at 11 AM.
15 Beacon Circle Millsboro, DE 19966
Brother Laney Hester is in Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Al. He has been treated for tumors in his hip and spine as well as blood clots. According to his son Ryan , Laney is being admitted to Hospice. Please pray for him.
Brother Thomas Brown, #1064 has been admitted to Laurel Regional Hospital. Please send well wishes, no calls or visits at this time.
Brother Mike Landrum is now at home resting and recuperating. He would like to thank all of you for your prayers and emails. His heart is back in rhythm and he expects to make a full recovery.
Brother Mike Landrum had a Cry-oblation performed this morning 11/8/17at Washington Hospital Center. I talked with him and he said the operation was a success and he feels very tired. No calls just yet. Sallie is doing fine.
From Lisa Chinn daughter of Bro. Hugh Chinn Via John San Felice
Please save a good thought for my father who has been hospitalized since Friday as the result of yet another fall.
I asked Lisa if Hugh was home from the hospital yet?
No, I'm afraid not. Just got home from there.
They are hoping to move him to a rehab facility either tomorrow or in a few days.
No broken bones. No stroke...but we don't know why he isn't able to stand really, even with assistance.
Lots of tests. No answers.
Thank you for thinking of him.
please share with Phil. I do not have his email. Our address is: 1691 Bent Tree Trail Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Brother Don Dement called the Retired Association and wanted the message to get out how he thanks everyone who has contacted him with well wishes as he recovers from his surgery. He has heard from many people he is friends with but hasn't heard from for a long time.
What a fine display of fraternalism.
Brother Don Dement is home recovering from hernia surgery.
Brother Rick Welsh Update:
Rick is feeling so much better after his prostate surgery he is going to try to hit golf balls today.
For those who have been seeking a phone number for Brother Dave weaver thanks to Brother Pat Grogan we have one. It is 828-559-2386.
Brother Dave Weaver went home from the hospital after a months stay.
His first request was to stop at the Waffle House.
186 Dogwood La -Marion, NC 28752
The phone number and email address we have are not good.
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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