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2020 Book Log (updating)

I kept a book log in 2019 and will strive to do the same in 2020. The Institute – a Stephen King thriller about good kids and bad adults The Last Star – final book in the 5th Wave trilogy The End of Killing – non-fiction futurism, predicting and speculating that technology can significantly reduce […]

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Health and Wellness

6 Million Step Challenge (Updating)

In 2020 I am attempting to walk, run or hike at least 6 million steps, as measured by my Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. Logging at least 500,000 steps a month isn’t a walk in the park (or rather many walks in the park). January. 473,731 steps. February. 450,380 steps. YTD total = 924,111 March. 516,006 […]

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News and Events

Alternate Posting Location: Shift Tactics When ‘Resisting Arrest’ Becomes ‘Man Down’

Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday afternoon by Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo for their actions or inactions in the May 25 arrest and death of George Floyd, 46. It is reported that officers were dispatched to a forgery in progress, found Floyd in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and that Floyd resisted arrest. because […]

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Dreaming at 1.5x

To fit in listening to my favorite podcasts I recently made the switch to listening at 1.5x speed. For news, sports and interview shows I don’t mind the cadence change. It’s not quite as easy for comedy shows as it messes with the timing. Nonetheless, it helps me get through the shows I want to […]

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News and Events

Video: Gratitude for EMS Providers

A few thoughts for EMS Week 2020. Thank you EMRs, EMTs and Paramedics. (Full post on EMS1)  

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Health and Wellness

Call Me an Uber

Me (running ~7:15 pace) Man driving in truck “call me an Uber” Me “huh” Man “can I get an Uber Me (stopped running) Man “how do I get to Hoover Ave.?” Me (gives man directions) Man “have a good jog” Me (that hurts) Me (continue running)

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Alternate Posting Location: Face mask is part of your uniform

With unscrupulous manufacturers selling defective masks and citizens donating ‘homemade’ efforts, public safety agencies must establish face mask guidelines. Read seven considerations for purchasing face masks or allowing the use of donated face masks at PoliceOne.com. 7 face mask purchasing and policy considerations for police, fire, EMS and corrections

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Alternate Posting Location: What does a 50% decrease in MVCs mean for public safety?

COVID-19 Trend: Motor vehicle collisions have declined significantly in all jurisdictions. Most motor vehicle collisions receive a joint response from police, fire and EMS, and a reduction in responses by nearly 50% is surely impacting the daily workload for all responders. Have motor vehicle collisions declined in your response area? Read the full article on EMS1: […]

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National Emergency is a Call to Service

Early this week I wrote, “A letter to the American public: The COVID-19 pandemic national emergency is a call to serve” for EMS1. I usually write to the public safety audience so this was a rare departure to address the public. In addition to the suggestions in that article here are other ways to serve […]

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Health and Wellness

Results: Mountain Tactical Institute Running Mini-Study

In January and February, I was a Mountain Tactical Institute mini-study lab rate. The training program is described here, including results for group A and group B. 1/27/20 6-mile time trial 48:37 2/17/20 6-mile time trial 44:54 A few thoughts about completing the 3-week training program … 1. I am happy about my improvement 2. […]