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The Fallen But Not Forgotten Podcast
49 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Honoring Officer Dominick Pezzulo: "I Shine my Badge for Dominick"
Officer Pezzulo was a police officer for the Port Authority Police Department in New York. He was a school teacher before he became an officer. Just one year into his career change, he died in the line-of-duty on 9/11 when the World Trade Center towers collapsed. We interviewed Officer Pezzulo's friend and fellow teacher, Offiicer Joe Cirrito, who then became a police officer on the LAPD with a mission in mind to keep Officer Pezzulo's memory alive.Officer Cirrito shares some great memories of his friend and tells us who Dominick Pezzulo was as a person, a teacher, a cop and as a friend.
60 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
Coming Together: The Bond of 1812
On this episode we bring together two former guests of our podcasts. Claudia Moreno and Joel Ruiz honor their parters, Officer Jonathan Diaz and Officer Ricardo Lizarraga. They met during a particularly emotional moment at Bluecoat Foundation's Inked in Honor 2021. Through this meeting they have formed a strong bond. They come together here to remember their partners and to offer their own experiences to help others.
22 minutes | Oct 3, 2021
"Elvis Lives": Honoring LAPD Officer Michael Lee Edwards
Officer Michael Lee Edwards was killed in the line-of-duty on May 11th 1974 at the age of 25. His case remains unsolved to this day. Officer Edward's tour of duty was 5 years and he is survived by his wife and two children. We interviewed his daughter, Tobie Edwards, and her sister, Brandi Edwards live at 2021's INKED IN HONOR. They received matching tattoos which read, "Elvis Lives" in his honor.
14 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
Honoring Deputy William Joseph "Joe" Hudnall
Deputy Hudnall died in the line-of-duty on Tuesday November 14th 2006 by way of a traffic collision with a drunk driver. His tour of duty was 9-years. He was 43-years old and is survived by his wife, four children, one grandson, two sisters, and his mother.We interviewed his son, Chancellor Hudnall, who was 2-years old at the time of the incident.
26 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
"Eternally on Watch" Honoring Deputy Jerry Ortiz
On this episode we honor Deputy Jerry Ortiz of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Deputy Ortiz died in the line-of-duty on June 24th, 2005. We talk to his brother, Art Ortiz, about who Deputy Ortiz a person and as a deputy. Art shares how he got through the toughest times of this tragedy by his faith and by the support of his family and friends. We also want to honor Art's brother-in-law, Officer Manuel Gonzalez who was a California Corrections officer. Officer Gonzalez died in the line-of-duty 6-months prior to Deputy Ortiz passing away. May they both rest in peace. As Art puts it, they are both "Eternally on Watch."
25 minutes | May 29, 2021
Honoring Cpl. Jonathan Giles: Suicide Amongst Our Heroes
According to Blueline H.E.L.P., the officers who have passed away this year due to suicide is at 59. That means every 2 and a half days an officer in America tragically commits suicide. There is a direct correlation between the stress of police work and officer related suicide deaths that is either unrealized or simply ignored in our society. Now more that ever there needs to be honest discussion about this topic. As the writer of Burden Beyond the Badge discusses in the blog entitled, Law Enforcement and Suicide: Scott's Story, "We need to readjust our perspectives if we want to bring change to the normality of this phenomenon in law enforcement"On this podcast interview we speak to Crystal Giles. She is the widow of Cpl. Jonathan Giles. Crystal supported Bluecoat Foundation's 2nd Project Endure by feeding the whole volunteer team during one of our rest stops! She is an awesome human being and passionate about this particular topic. Crystal is a wealth of knowledge about the statistics of police suicide, which is an important first step to alleviating this dilemma. Her bravery during this conversation is to be commended and I hope it brings value to many people listening. Cpl. Jonathan Giles was hired as a sworn officer on 07/22/13. He served on the Kings County SWAT in 2016 and was a mentor for Police Explorers. He had 5-years on the job and is survived by his wife and three children. EOW: 11/07/18 Special musical tribute by Rain Bisou (covering Boys 2 Men). Email: Crystalg@BlueHelp.org Facebook: Blue Help Website: https://bluehelp.org/blue-help-regions/california/
85 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
A Conversation with Surviving Partners.
On this podcast we sit down with 3 police officers who are surviving partners of 3 separate Fallen Officers. Their individual incidents are different, but their journey has a powerful common thread. We hope this powerful discussion can help others who might be going through some of the same pains that they went through. Support! Subscribe! Share!
69 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Police Tales: The Camaraderie Behind Story Telling
"War Story"Definition: a story of a memorable personal experience typically involving an element of danger, hardship, or adventure. -Merriam Webster I was recently on the podcast WAR STORIES OFFICIAL PODCAST https://warstoriesofficial.podbean.com Tom and Chuck are the hosts of this podcast which brings together police, veterans and firefighters to talk about the war stories that shape the lives of first responders.These tales are more than simple stories. They are the common thread that binds a culture of people who bravely face evil and danger as part of their duty. I had a great time being interviewed and conversing with them about a few "war stories" of my own. Check out their podcast! Support! Subscribe! Share!
42 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Los Angeles to Sacramento: Team-4 Interview
PROJECT ENDURE:Raising Feats for the Fallen BlueLos Angeles to Sacramento • 2016 Bluecoat Foundation (formerly known as BlueCoatMusic) embarked on a journey that would change the lives of many. Two police officers ran from Los Angeles to Sacramento in full uniform in honor of those in law enforcement who have died in the line-of-duty. We plan to make a documentary about this project. The effort to get these officers safely to their destination took the effort of almost 50 volunteers who were divided into 7-teams. On today’s podcast we air the audio of an unedited team interview we recorded back in January of 2017. It reveals the highs and lows that the team went through during the two days they were in charge. Thank you for listening and supporting what we do. Team-4:Nancy Rodriguez-Team Captain Marissa Peralez- Safety Officer Danny Garcia- Social Media David Schmitt- Safety Ofcr
35 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Honoring Luis Y. Coria with his daughter, Cristina Coria.
She was 12-years old when her father, a retired Santa Monica PD officer, was murdered. She later became a police officer for the same agency her father had served. Cristina almost met the same fate as her father when she was shot in a gun battle on the Santa Monica Pier. The incident almost caused her to lose her arm. With the inspiration of her fathers memory, Cristina’s fought against all odds. She not only was able to work hard enough in physical therapy to keep her arm, but she also was able to get back on the streets as a cop! Cristinas story is truly inspirational, to say the least. We hope you enjoy.
27 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
The Fight Against Covid-19 with Adam Ryder
The number of law enforcement line-of-duty deaths has more than doubled since Covid-19 began. LEO’s have had to deal with a new & deadly enemy. An enemy for which their conventional tactics are not prepared for. Luckily there are unsung heroes like Adam Ryder who are on the frontline of this pandemic in support first responders. Adam is the founder of a nonprofit called FLATTEN THE CURVE which provides Covid-19 support where resources are lacking. Along with supporting Bluecoat Foundation, Adam’s efforts have saved countless lives. Please support his efforts by following, sharing & donating what you can to his nonprofit. www.ftcngo.org IG @ftg_ngo
62 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Honoring Officer Ricardo Lizarraga
“When I hear of OIS’s when officers are shot in the line-of-duty and they make it, I always say...Liz said, ‘Not today. Nobody else is coming up here today’” -Joel Ruiz Officer Lizarraga passed away in the line-of-duty on Friday, February 20th, 2004. I sat down and spoke with his partner, Joel Ruiz. His story is an inspirational one about healing, camaraderie and about the strong bonds of a police partnership.
32 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Project Endure 2's Volunteer Team: Behind the Scenes
Project Endure is an event that Bluecoat Foundation has put together twice since the inception of the nonprofit. It is not merely a physically tough challenge, it is one that pushes the participants to the very thresholds of their physical capability. The physical pain endured during these ultra difficult projects are designed so that not just anybody can do it. It takes certain individuals to be able to complete them. And it is all done to honor our heroes who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. Our second Project Endure, entitled PROJECT ENDURE: ROAD TO NEWMAN , was a 3-day cycling tour from Los Angeles to Newman, California in the Central Valley. The ride was completed on a single-speed bicycle. While Bluecoat Foundation went live on all it's platforms for our supporters to watch, our volunteer team behind the scenes worked tirelessly to make sure every aspect of this ride was safe and organized. This team interview you will hear on this podcast was recorded only a couple of weeks after the event. It is only a part of the interview. We plan to make a full documentary of it and of our first Project Endure too. At the end of the podcast we feature a performance by Carol Davis. She is a police officer and a talented singer who has performed on several of our charity events.
108 minutes | Jan 17, 2021
Honoring Officer Mario Navidad, Jr. "How We Heal"
We sat down with Autumn Stars, (AKA: Janet McKinney). Autumn worked the same shift as Officer Navidad. She was one of the first police units to arrive at scene the night of his passing. For the first time in her life, Autumn opens up about her experience on that tragic night. She also speaks openly and honestly about the pains that follow such an event. In her journey to heal, Autumn has gained tremendous knowledge on the affects of PTSD and how it manifests years after tragedy. We also speak about Officer Navidad as a person and as a police officer. Officer Navidad was shot in the line-of-duty on Sunday December 22, 1996 by a suspect who had just stolen beer. His parter returned fire and killed the suspect. Officer Navidad did not survive. He is survived by his wife and two children. I hope this episode can help anyone in the country or even around the world who may be in the same place Autumn was almost 25 years ago.
18 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Honoring Cpl Ronil Singh. A conversation with his brother, Reggie. "Forward Motion"
On this episode we honor Cpl Ronil Singh. On Wednesday December 26th 2018, Corporal Ronil Singh was shot and killed while conducting a vehicle stop at the intersection of Merced Street and Eucalyptus Avenue shortly before 1:00 am. At 33 years old, he had 12-years on the job. He is survived by his wife and 6-month old son. Today we went on a Zoom interview with Ronil's brother, Reggie Singh. We remember the life of Cpl. Singh. Reggie provides a profound perspective on dealing with a line-of-duty death. We hope this interview can help others that may be going through the same unfortunate experience.
153 minutes | Jan 3, 2021
Honoring Roberto Sanchez, with Richard Medina
“The hardest part wasn’t walking away from it. It's living with it after” -Richard Medina On today’s podcast we interview Richard Medina and we honor his partner, Fallen Officer Roberto Sanchez. Both were involved in a tragic incident in 2014 where their police car was purposely struck. Roberto did not survive the collision. Joining us on the interview is Richard’s wife, Sarah, and a prior guest on our podcast, Stephanie Galicia. Stephanie is the partner of Fallen Officer Nick Lee. Both of their police partners passed away in the line-of-duty in 2014. Join us as we discuss new Friendships, Inspiration & the beginning of a nonprofit. We touch on topics such as trauma, helplessness, staying on patrol after tragedy and the confusing role a spouse takes on. Discussing early frustrations and how a department can improve in helping survivors was a tough subject but an important one. We even dive into perspectives on taking photos at work and social media. Saving memories took on a whole new dynamic and a whole new meaning. And of course, we talk about who Roberto Sanchez was. This podcast is brutally honest and inspirational. There were moments of tears and moments of clarity. Although the topic itself is necessarily a sad story, the bravery from Richard, Sarah and Stephanie to speak about it so openly says tons about their bravery as they each go through their individual processes of mourning and acceptance.
14 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
A Discussion About Heroism with Mike Wang.
Mike Wang is the CEO of Innocent Armor. https://innocentarmor.com/We have a short discussion about our collaborations, his product and heroism amongst law enforcement and in the civilian world. This episode is dedicated to Retired LAPD Sgt Peter Llanes.
59 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
Cops in the 1980's vs. 2020
(This episode is unedited. It will be updated at a later time)Steve Gould & Ken Roybal host the growing podcast, "Things Police See". I was on their podcast twice. Once as a guest and once as a co-host. Steve is a former police officer who also worked as a backgrounds investigator. Ken is a retired LAPD officer who also worked as a background investigator. When Ken was an active LEO, he also ran the Explorer Program for inner city youth. In fact, he was my YSO (Youth Service Officer) when I was an Explorer in the mid 90's. On this episode we discuss the differences of being a street cop in the 1980's vs today. Along with some "war stories", we also go over such topics as the stigma of PTSD and mental health concerns of those in law enforcement. We discuss how the Explorer Program has changed and how it helped me while growing up with the stress of inner city life. We touch on leadership (or the lack of) in the ranks of modern police departments. This episode is dedicated to LAPD Lt. John Desmond. Things Police See: First Hand Accounts Podcast: https://thingspolicesee.libsyn.com/#:~:text=Former%20Massachusetts%20police%20officer%20Steve,the%20officers%20that%20experienced%20them.
31 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
Women in Law Enforcement, with Marilyn.
On this podcast Andrew Gonzalez joins me as a co-host as we interview Marilyn. Marilyn is a powerful role-model for woman in law enforcement. She is a police officer, an athlete and the owner of a clothing line for woman called Red White and Blueline. We talk about mindset, physical fitness & entrepreneurship. Please support LEO owned businesses: Red White and Bluelinehttps://redwhiteandblueline.com/Episode dedicated to Fallen LAPD Officer Valentin Martinez, EOW: 07.24.20
36 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Honoring Officer Elmer Jonathan Diaz
We interviewed Officer Claudia Moreno. She is the co-worker & close friend of Fallen Police Officer Elmer Jonathan Diaz from the Lemoore Police Department in California. Officer Diaz lost this life while intervening in a domestic violence incident while off- duty. He was 31-years old, had 6-years on the job and is survived by his 3-children, parents & 3-siblings. This was a heartfelt conversation about the good person Jonathan was. We also discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident that took place. We did so in order to hopefully provide insight & perspective when it comes to off-duty tactics & relations. After the interview we feature the music of Abby Walters. Podcast on Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/3TAqAi4WiqtI5MWoxwZ74m?si=zUINmCsKSrKo4SGUnVRzmgAbby Walters Music:https://open.spotify.com/artist/5yTqhT4uBRadtQlJFZkJGr?si=ttzes4TWR62w92b-rrqdBwThank you for supporting.
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