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American Police Beat: Statue Honors Police Officers Severely Injured In The Line Of Duty
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CINCINNATI - Just after 7 p.m. Saturday Cincinnati police converged at JD's Honky Tonk Bar in the 2500 block of Spring Grove Avenue in Camp Washington.
Police say the officers drove to the bar in high numbers to investigate a biker gang. "There were a number of Iron Horsemen, motorcycle club members that were on the outside of the bar, in an outside beer garden type area. Several members of our vice squad were going to go up there and conduct an investigation. They were coming, accompanied by uniform personnel. I do know that when they pulled up at the scene, as officers got out of the car there was an exchange of gunfire. Actually the officers were met by gunfire," said Chief Tom Streicher with the Cincinnati Police Department.
Police say officers immediately began firing back. By the time bullets stopped flying a total of four people were shot. One was killed.

On February 18, 2009 Deputy Chris Dewey of the Mahnomen (MN) Sheriff’s Dept. was shot in the line of duty while responding to a call about a drunk driver leaving the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen and subsequent reported gunfire in the general area. He was shot once in the abdomen and once in the head, resulting in severe brain injury.

There is a Caring Bridge Site set up for him at where notes of encouragement can be sent and donations are being accepted at the following:
                                      First National Bank of Mahnomen
                                      c/o Deputy Chris Dewey
                                      PO Box 378, 103 N. Main St.
                                      Mahnomen, MN 56557

December 10, 2008

Information from the Family
of Sergeant Gina Dwyer-Meliska
 On December 6, 2008 at approximately 10:00 AM, Chicago Police Sergeant Gina Dwyer-Meliska suffered cardiac arrest as a result of a condition known as Apical Ballooning Syndrome (ABS). Although Gina was fortunate to receive CPR moments after she collapsed, there was a loss of oxygen for approximately 1-3 minutes during this experience. 
Gina has not yet regained consciousness. A balloon inserted into the left ventricle has stabilized her heart and doctors are confident that her heart will eventually recover. However, the biggest concern now is any neurological damage that may have occurred due to her loss of oxygen.
Gina and her family are devout Catholics who believe in the power of prayer. Whatever your faith, they ask that you please offer your prayers and positive thoughts to Gina, her family and her doctors during this time of need.
Apical Ballooning Syndrome was first studied in Japan and it is commonly seen in middle-aged women. It is believed that a primary cause of this condition is extreme stress. If you know Gina you know it is in her nature to work herself to the bone. In addition to working full time, raising three school-aged children and pursuing a Master's Degree, Gina always makes herself available to help her fellow officers in need. Please return the favor by offering your prayers and thoughts to her and her family.

C.P officer injured after wrong-way driver crashes
| Friday, December 05, 2008

CROWN POINT | A police officer was injured, and Indiana State Police continue to investigate a Friday afternoon crash that came after a 32-year-old man attempted to flee police and the scene of a domestic dispute call in Schererville.

Police say the suspect -- Timmy Todd Zieman of Crown Point -- at one point crossed traffic along 93rd Avenue and drove eastbound in the westbound lanes before swerving toward and hitting Crown Point police officer John "Jack" Allendorf Jr.'s squad car and losing control of a pick-up truck.

The 47-year-old Allendorf suffered a serious leg injury and broken ribs, and was transported to St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.

An early investigation showed during the chase Zieman began to stab himself in the chest with a pocketknife, and cut his throat, according to an Indiana State Police news release. Zieman was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, and later airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, the news release said.

The pursuit ended near the intersection of Broadway and 93rd Avenue, which was closed in both directions from Madison Street to Broadway for about four hours while the victims were extricated, the crash scene reconstructed and the vehicles removed.

The pursuit began after Schererville police responded to a domestic dispute, the news release said. Authorities said a Schererville officer attempted to stop a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck from leaving the area, but the truck fled the scene, the news release said.

Police shortly pursued the vehicle until the truck began traveling in a reckless manner in a residential area, the news release said. A Lake County police officer later located the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver was again able to flee, the news release said.

The county officer was joined by an Indiana State trooper in the pursuit when the truck began traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of 93rd Avenue, the news release said.

At that time, Allendorf was traveling west on 93rd Avenue and noticed the truck was heading in his direction, state police said. The Crown Point officer moved his squad off of the road, but Zieman deliberately swerved his car and hit the squad car, state police said.

Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles after the crash, and had to be removed by the Crown Point Fire Department.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the crash, and charges are pending.

Contributions gratefully accepted.
Please send to:

ATTN: Sheri Laney
Crown Point FOP
Lodge 176
124 North East St
Crown Point, IN 46307

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