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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:
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It is with Great Sadness that the Retired Association is notified of the passing of Brother Joey Benford #2169 from cancer.
Joey joined the department in 1995 and retired in 2015.
He was 46 years old.
Please keep his wife, Tina, a civilian dispatcher, in your prayers.
Further details will be posted when received.
It is with great sadness, that I inform you of the death of Ernest Stephens Jr
, father of Ernest Stephens III (retired ID 990) who passed peacefully from heart failure on 1/12/17.
Ernest Jr. was born on 1/7/1924 and was a retired broadcast engineer.
He served in North Africa during WWII in the 6th Infantry, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers.
(Some members may remember Ernest Jr. as he assisted in the Electronic Surveillance classes, Ernie taught to area agencies from 86-01)
Arrangements are still pending, but Ernest Jr. will be laid to rest at the Veteran's Cemetery in Quantico.
Our thoughts and prayers to Brother Stephens and his family.
It is with Great Sadness that the Retired Association membership is notified of the passing of Paulette Barber age 61 of Minnesota, daughter of Brother Paul Clements.
Family will receive friends on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Funeral Service celebrated at 1:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pediatric Association/Foundation and Ride for Kids.
It is with Great Regret that the Retired Association membership is notified of the passing of Matilda Bailey, mother of Karmen Walker Brown, mother in law of deceased Past President Tony Walker
On January 16, 2018 Fort Foote Baptist Church, 8310 Fort Foote Road, Ft. Washington, MD 20744.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
3401 Bladensburg Rd Brentwood, Maryland 20722
It is with Sadness that the Retired Association membership is notified of the passing of John Welsh age 104, father of Brother Rich Welsh.
Please find the obituary below and read about a very interesting man.
Former member, Marcia Clements,wife of deceased member Brother George Clements is recovering from lung surgery.
Please keep her in your prayers
Phone number is 410-326-4231
Address: 46747 Elizabeth Lane, Decatur, Michigan 49045
Brother Paul Clements has been admitted to Calvert Hospital with congestive heart failure.
Please keep Paul and his family in your prayers,
From Brother Jack San Felice,
Retired Officer Wayne Watson fell and broke his shoulder about a month ago.
Surgery was done at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
He is currently at the below Rehab Center for another month or so.
Alantic Shores Rehab & Health Center Room 500
231 Washington St. Millsboro, DE 19966
Center Phone # 302-934-7303
Wayne's personal phone # 302-934-6930
Wayne asks no calls until January 12, 2018
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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