Want to See/Hear More of MC? Help Me Win A Killer Toolkit!

Recently, I pub­lished a sur­vey.  I’ve got­ten some great feed­back!  A cou­ple of the ques­tions were about the kinds of con­tent you’d like to see and they way in which you’d like to see it.


Turns out, quite a lot of you want to see and/or hear me.  Which is why I’m reach­ing out today.

I have become quite a fan of Pat Flynn and his pod­casts, Smart Pas­sive Income and Ask Pat.  He has part­nered with App­Sumo to do a give­away of some incred­i­bly high-end and amaz­ing pod­cast­ing equip­ment.  I have already entered to win, but I am eli­gi­ble for mul­ti­ple entries through a vari­ety of means.

Here’s where you come in.

If you go to the give­away and enter, I will receive three addi­tional entries.  Now, it’s true, you will also be entered to win.  It may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive, but it’s actu­ally fairly dia­bol­i­cally genius and a win/win for both of us.  If you win and pod­cast­ing inter­ests you, I get the sat­is­fac­tion of hav­ing helped you.  Maybe you could have me as a guest on your show and we can begin our plans for world dom­i­na­tion.  If you don’t care about the equip­ment, you could always donate it to, oh I don’t know, your favorite Crusher of Souls.



Fea­ture image cour­tesy of Flickr and InCase.

Heatstroke Deaths of Kids: Why is this Even a Thing?

There are three MClets run­ning around MCPD.  They are won­der­ful and I love them beyond my abil­ity to artic­u­late the full­ness therein.  They are not, how­ever, with­out chal­lenges.  Being a par­ent is the most dif­fi­cult (and dan­ger­ous) job in the world.


I’ve lost count of the num­ber of times I’ve raised my voice to pre­vent seem­ingly immi­nent dan­ger.  Whether they are tee­ter­ing from a precipice and nearly falling to their doom (read: stand­ing on a chair) or charg­ing into the street with­out regard for poten­tial haz­ards (read: vehi­cles that mas­sively out­weigh them), sim­ply ris­ing to the chal­lenge of keep­ing them alive and rel­a­tively unscathed is not for the faint of heart.

Con­se­quently, when I see sto­ries and sta­tis­tics of yet another defense­less and vul­ner­a­ble child left in a hot car, I basi­cally lose my shit.

Dis­claimer: This one is going to sound harsh to some.  To that, I say, “Per­fect.”  Maybe my seem­ing insen­si­tiv­ity will be on your mind when you arrive at your des­ti­na­tion and remem­ber your kid is in the car and you don’t leave him or her to die.

I’ve recently seen a few videos on-line where grown adults will sit in a vehi­cle with the doors closed, the car off, and the win­dows up to demon­strate the dan­gers.  On the sur­face, I get the sen­ti­ment behind it.  On the other hand, I can’t help but think of the lunacy of the appar­ent neces­sity of such a video.

Hey, I know heroin will end up killing you, but don’t expect to have me upload a video of me slam­ming junk to make the point.

But, I digress.

Recently, the Santa Clara County Dis­trict Attorney’s office decided not to file charges against a father that left his 9-month-old son in a car all day.  You can read the details here.

Ini­tially, I was pretty pissed off at the deci­sion.  But the DA made the right call.


PC 273a.  (Spe­cific to CA, mind you.  And on a side note, 30 states in this coun­try of ours don’t have any laws at all regard­ing leav­ing chil­dren in an unat­tended vehicle.)

273a. (a) Any per­son who, under cir­cum­stances or con­di­tions likely to pro­duce great bod­ily harm or death, will­fully causes or per­mits any child to suf­fer, or inflicts thereon unjus­ti­fi­able phys­i­cal pain or men­tal suf­fer­ing, or hav­ing the care or cus­tody of any child, will­fully causes or per­mits the per­son or health of that child to be injured, or will­fully causes or per­mits that child to be placed in a sit­u­a­tion where his or her per­son or health is endan­gered, shall be pun­ished by impris­on­ment in a county jail not exceed­ing one year, or in the state prison for two, four, or six years.

Notice the key word “will­fully”.  The father was allegedly “exhausted” after get­ting only four hours of sleep.  He for­got that he hadn’t dropped off his son at day care.  He didn’t will­fully leave his son in the car.  Thus, no charges because there was no intent.

But his child is still dead…the vic­tim of heat­stroke (if not negligence).

I’m sure there’s more to the tale and what appears above is only the Cliff’s Notes of the Reader’s Digest of what hap­pened.  I have no doubt that the Santa Clara DA’s office spent a lot of time talk­ing about every aspect of the case.  Let’s assume they made the right call based on cur­rent law.

Real quick, let’s look at some sta­tis­tics sur­round­ing this issue:

  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 2014:  20
  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 2013:  44
  • Total num­ber of U.S. heat­stroke  deaths of chil­dren left in cars, 1998-present:  626
  • Aver­age num­ber of U.S. child heat­stroke fatal­i­ties per year since 1998: 38

(Stats obtained from ggweather.com)

Some­thing else to keep in mind, of those stats listed above, only 49% had charges filed.

Now, I’m obvi­ously no lawyer.  But, I am a dad.  You know what I’ve never done?

Left my kid in a car for hours on a hot day.  I can’t even con­cep­tu­al­ize it.

I’ve worked back-to-back 18-hour shifts.  I’ve been drop dead tired.  I’ve felt like a walk­ing zom­bie.  I’ve had sleep­less nights.  But, if I step away from my com­puter and look in the other room, you know what I’ll see?

Three beau­ti­ful MClets.  All alive and well.

So, what do we do?

Is it time to write a new law that removes the “will­fully” part of PC 273a?  Should a law be enacted that specif­i­cally address leav­ing kids unat­tended dur­ing times of extreme weather (be it hot or cold)?

Lis­ten, I get that it’s been deemed a tragic acci­dent and this man has to live with this knowl­edge for­ever.  Is that enough?  Is his “mis­take” enough to stop this com­pletely pre­ventable death from con­tin­u­ing to occur?

I’d say it isn’t.

The Santa Clara County DA announced their deci­sion on Mon­day, July 28, 2014.  On August 1, 2014, an 11-month-old in Utah died.  From being left in a hot car.  As of this writ­ing, the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing and no charges have yet to be filed.

Ques­tion: What do you think is the solu­tion to this ter­ri­ble trend? You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

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“Emergency Money Management”
by Scott Kier, @MedicSBK

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A cou­ple of weeks ago, I was fea­tured on an EMS pod­cast.  Before all my fel­low law enforcers get wrapped around the axle about cavort­ing with the “other side”, let me remind you of two things:

1. Despite what you like to bitch about around the PD, we are, in fact, more alike than you’d like to admit.

2. My best friend is a freak­ing Para­medic Cap­tain.  How have you not been pay­ing attention?

At any rate, Scott Kier (@medicSBK) and Sean Eddy (@medicmadness) were kind enough to bring me into their realm to talk about some­thing near and dear to my heart: Per­sonal Finance and First Responders.

Sean is actu­ally one of my first clients at GPS Finan­cial Coach­ing.  His story is absolutely inspir­ing and will hit close to home if you’ve ever had an inkling of trep­i­da­tion with regard to your finances. The progress he has made in the last twelve months is incred­i­ble and he has made me extremely proud.

Take a listen!

Ques­tion: What wor­ries you most about your finances? You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

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#BestCopTVShow Giveaway Winners!

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Once again, con­grat­u­la­tions to one of the longest, if not the longest, run­ning cop shows ever: COPS.  All of you should remem­ber a cou­ple of things.  First, your votes got COPS to the top.  Sec­ond, South­LAnd got fur­ther than The Wire.  Because it’s a supe­rior show.


And now for the win­ners of our var­i­ous prizes!

Many of you com­mented on every. sin­gle. post.  Con­se­quently, I have got­ten incred­i­bly good at typ­ing your names and will rec­og­nize you imme­di­ately should our paths ever cross in an offi­cial capacity.

Seri­ously, though, I loved see­ing the con­sis­tency in vot­ing!  It kept me moti­vated to continue!

The runner-up win­ner of the PoliceOne prize pack­age is: AJ PARENTE

The runner-up win­ner of the Élite Espan­toon, cour­tesy of Dave Set­ting with Police Car Page is: RON BANTA

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of a 16GB iPhone 5S from Uni­form Sto­ries is: KRISTEN KARVOSKY

Con­grats to all our winners!

If the win­ners would be so kind as to drop me an email or FB mes­sage includ­ing your address info, I will begin the facil­i­ta­tion of the recep­tion of your prizes!

Thanks again to the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity of Uni­form Sto­ries, Dave Set­ting, and PoliceOne!

Now…who’s ready for the #BestCopMovie?

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And the Winner of the #BestCopTVShow Tournament is.…

After three-and-a-half weeks of con­sis­tent vot­ing and com­ment­ing, we have reached the end of  the #Best­CopTVShow tournament.

Before I announce the win­ning show and the win­ners of our var­i­ous prizes, I just want to say thank you. I had a blast putting this together.  It was quite a bit of work and I dialed in on the fly as we pro­gressed.  I appre­ci­ate your patience when duty called and delays occurred.  I sin­cerely hope you enjoyed your­selves as much as I did.

If you haven’t already, I’d like your assis­tance in fill­ing out a quick, four ques­tion sur­vey so I can con­tinue to improve!

And now, to the win­ner… (more…)

Maple Bar Massacre Championship: #BestCopTVShow

This is it! This is where three-and-a-half weeks of the #Best­CopTVShow tour­na­ment has brought us. Rep­re­sent­ing the Krispy Kreme Divi­sion: COPS. Rep­re­sent­ing the Tim Horton’s Divi­sion: SouthLAnd.

This is your last chance to com­ment and have a chance to be ran­domly selected and entered into the giveaways!

From Uni­form Sto­ries: 16GB iPhone 5S!
From Dave Set­ting of Police Car Page: Élite Espan­toon (assum­ing you are a LEO, mind you)!
From PoliceOne: P1 prize package!

Thank you to those three for sup­ply­ing some truly stel­lar prizes!

Thank you to those that have par­tic­i­pated in the tour­na­ment! Whether you voted once or on every round, I appre­ci­ate you being here. It is my sin­cere hope that you enjoyed the tour­na­ment as much as I enjoyed putting it on!

I have one last request.

I cre­ated a brief sur­vey that I’d like your feed­back on. You can take it here.

Vot­ing will close at 2200 hrs!

Reminder! Make sure to com­ment below with your choice to be entered into the draw­ing! You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

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Final Round of the Fritter Four: #BestCopTVShow

Our jour­ney started weeks ago and now we find our­selves down to the Frit­ter Four.

The Shield has beaten the com­pe­ti­tion with the prover­bial phone­book the whole way, while South­LAnd has had con­vinc­ing win over con­vinc­ing win.

Two com­par­a­tively young, upstart shows are vying for the oppor­tu­nity to make it to the big dance.

Which will get your vote?


The poll will tally the win­ner and the com­ments will serve as your entry into the give­away of the PoliceOne prize pack and the grand prize from Uni­form Sto­ries of a 16GB iPhone 5S!

Vot­ing will close at 2200 hrs!

Reminder! Make sure to com­ment below with your choice to be entered into the draw­ing! You can leave a com­ment by click­ing here.

Com­ing Soon! Sub­scribers will receive a FREE copy of MC’s upcom­ing eBook!