HUMOR IN UNIFORM
Working days, all units were single officer so we would back each other up, automatically. Murphy assisted Jack on a disturbance call on Lawrence Avenue. A man about thirty years old had chained himself to his automobile.
The problem was that a tow truck had the vehicle attached to the back of his truck and raised off the ground. He was towing it for being in a private parking lot when the car’s owner came out and wrapped chains around himself and the car, causing the tow driver to contact the police.
It was explained to the vehicle owner that once the vehicle is attached and raised, it cannot be returned to the owner without payment. The owner was overcome with emotion and refused to unchain himself.
He was eventually placed under arrest.
The chains were removed. He was handcuffed and put into the back seat of Murphy’s squad car. Murph had a cage-car and Officer Jack did not, so he transported the prisoner into the station. The arrestee was not a problem and went willingly. The trouble started when they arrived at the station lot.
Officer Jack followed behind Murph into the station, as was protocol. Murph parked the squad car in the first space nearest the front door. He opened the rear door and told the arrestee to exit the squad car.
The arrestee attempted to comply but was having great difficulty maneuvering his long legs in the short seat with the protective cage banging into his knees. So, Murph decided to help him.
Murph took hold of the prisoner’s pants by the ankles and swung his legs around and up on the seat. Then, he grabbed the guy’s legs and started to pull, sliding him across the rear seat and to the door’s edge. Just as Officer Jack made the turn into the lot, Murph began pulling on this guy’s ankles.
All of a sudden, something gave and Murph went flying backwards across the front of Jack’s car, holding this guy’s prosthetic leg. As he stumbled through the parking lot, Murph saw this horrified expression on Jack’s face. Luckily, Murph regained his balance before he fell on his ass. The guy never told him he had an artificial leg and Murphy never thought to ask.
The expression on Jack’s face was priceless.
To all my brothers and sisters in blue, lock and load and protect each other. And as always, stay safe.
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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