Monday, February 8, 2016


SERVICE NEWSLETTER #4:  What Service were you in? 
February 8, 2016
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace,  Justice, and Ecology
What’s at stake:  The quality of life in a society much depends upon all those who serve to make life better for others.   These four newsletters discuss many kinds of those who service:  police, firefighters, nurses, teachers, so many. 

Contents Service Newsletter #4
United Nations Peacekeepers
 International Police
    Civilian Police
Local Police
     Police Sergeant Helps Deliver Baby
     Firefighter Dies After Falling Through Floor
     Memorial to Two Kansas City Firefighters
     Volunteer Fireman Rescues Driver from Burning Car
      History of Little Rock Volunteer Fire Companies in 19th Century
Electrical Workers

PBS “Stories of Service”

OMNI International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers Newsletter, May 29, 2015
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·         Past operations
·         Forming a new operation
·         Financing peacekeeping
What is peacekeeping?
United Nations Peacekeeping helps countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace.
Actor George Clooney speaks of UN Peacekeepers.
Peacekeeping has proven to be one of the most effective toolsavailable to the UN to assist host countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. 
Peacekeeping has unique strengths, including legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy and sustain troops and police from around the globe, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to advance multidimensional mandates.
UN Peacekeepers provide security and the political and peacebuilding support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace.
UN Peacekeeping is guided by three basic principles:
·         Consent of the parties;
·         Impartiality;
·         Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate.
Peacekeeping is flexible and over the past two decades has been deployed in many configurations. There are currently 16 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on four continents.
Today's multidimensional peacekeeping operations are called upon not only to maintain peace and security, but also to facilitate the political process, protect civilians, assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants; support the organization of elections, protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law.
Success is never guaranteed, because UN Peacekeeping almost by definition goes to the most physically and politically difficult environments. However, we have built up a demonstrable record of success over our 60 years of existence, including winning theNobel Peace Prize.
Peacekeeping has always been highly dynamic and has evolved in the face of new challenges. Recently, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established a 17-member High-level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations to make a comprehensive assessment of the state of UN peace operations today, and the emerging needs of the future.
·         Peace and security
·         History of peacekeeping
·         Reform of peacekeeping
·         Role of the General Assembly
·         Role of the Security Council
·         Forming a new operation
·         Peacekeepers Day
Related documents
·         UN peacekeeping Background Note PDF Document
Related links
·         Peacekeeping Fact Sheet
UN Peacekeeping Brochure
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News Item:  “Ken Walker, a sergeant with the Corinth, Miss., Police Department, is being called ‘baby doctor’ by his fellow officers after he helped deliver a baby boy whose mother pulled into a Kmart parking lot when she realized she couldn’t make it to the hospital in time.”  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Dec. 23, 2015.


Ohio firefighter dies after fall through floor during blaze By DAN SEWELLDec. 28, 2015 5:28 PM EST

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A firefighter battling a house fire died after falling through a floor into the basement soon after entering the southwest Ohio home early Monday, authorities said.
Hamilton officials said firefighter Patrick Wolterman's death was the department's first in the line of duty since 1971. Fire department officials say he was hired in April after several years of experience with other local departments and was recently married.
"Our city is in mourning with the loss of one of our heroes," said J. Scott Scrimizzi, director of public safety for the city of more than 60,000 people about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. He urged people to keep Wolterman's family and the fire department in their prayers.
Fire officials said crews responding to a fire call found heavy smoke coming from three sides of the house. Fire Chief Steve Dawson said firefighters including Wolterman moved into the house.
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"Shortly after the initial attack, there was a catastrophic event," Dawson told reporters. He said Wolterman fell through the floor into the basement.
Fellow firefighters rescued Wolterman, 28, from the basement and performed CPR, but he died at Fort Hamilton Hospital, officials said.
Other units extinguished the fire, Dawson said.
There were initial reports that people were inside the home when the fire broke out, but relatives said the couple who had lived in the home for decades was away on vacation.
"I'm thankful that my parents were not home, but I feel badly for the family of the firefighter that was killed," Melissa Lainhart told the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News. She said her parents were in Las Vegas celebrating their wedding anniversary.
No other injuries were reported. Investigation into the fire's cause was continuing.
Funeral services will be Thursday. The Hamilton firefighters union said they will begin with a public memorial service in the morning, followed by a procession to Spring Grove Cemetery and a private graveside service for family and firefighters only.
The Cincinnati firefighters union posted a message of support on its Facebook page.
"The men and women of Local 48 send our deepest sympathies and condolences to family, friends and fellow firefighters," stated the message.
Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon, 54, a three-decade veteran, died after he plunged headfirst into an elevator shaft while searching for people to rescue in an early morning March 26 apartment building fire.

News Item:  “Fallen Kansas City Firefighters Honored.”  AD-G (Oct. 19, 2015).    “Thousands of people gathered in memorial service to honor two veteran Kansas City firefighters who died when a building collapsed on them….”:  Larry Leggio and John Mesh.  [Immediately following in the newspaper is a photo with caption of yet another Civil War re-enactment, grown men playing at war, part of the pervasive practice of naturalizing lethal violence of armed force for war.  “Union troops fire on advancing Confederate troops….”   Flags waving, nobody hurt.   --Dick]

News Item:  “Nate Tracey, Chief of the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co. in York Township, Pa, was caught on a dash-camera video reaching into a burning car to pull the driver to safety before other fire-fighters arrived to extinguish the blaze.”  AD-G (1-28-16).

Tom Dillard, “Already on Fire.”  AD-G (Feb. 7, 2016).
Dillard continues his history of the volunteer fire companies in 19th century Little Rock—today “the transition to a professional fire department, an agency which has played a major role in protecting the city of Little Rock and its people for over a century.”
Dillard is a notable archivist and historian of Arkansas.  His son is a firefighter in Little Rock.

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PBS significantly promotes the Pentagon, armed forces, militarism, and empire by singling out this one class of the US population to exalt as “service.”  PBS assumes that all US citizens understand “service” to apply to military employment.  But numerous other employments significantly serve the nation and its people, and without having killing as its aim—firemen, teachers, nurses--, as these newsletters explain.  --Dick

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Contents Service Newsletter #3, Dec. 4, 2015
Language: “Service” and Other Warping Words
  America, American
  Defense Department

Killed in Line of Duty
School Teachers
Forest Rangers
UN Peacekeepers
And All Who Work for Others Nonviolently
Public Health Nurses
Other Professional Nurses
Draft Counselors

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