Friday, February 06, 2009

Thank you, David Spade

Everyone is well aware of the financial difficulties being played out across the country. The city I live and work in has the highest budget deficit in the nation (22% of the city's general fund). The general fund is used to pay for all city services including police and fire departments.

To make up for this shortfall, all kinds of city services have been reduced or eliminated and many city employees will likely lose their jobs. Luckily for me, police and fire department personnel will not be reduced (for the time being).

During this time of tight budgets, the police department has been forced to put off or abandon certain programs. One of these was the patrol officer rifle program. The idea was to have at least one officer on each squad carry a rifle. The fight against crime has escalated and we have seen an increase in the use of high powered rifles and automatic weapons by criminals. Our handguns and sparse shotguns are no match for the arsenal being used by the bad guys.

Just when we thought the rifle program would be cut out of the budget, former Phoenix resident David Spade stepped in and donated $100,000 to the department. His gift provided and extra 50 AR-15 rifles (along with equipment, ammunition, and training) to the police force.

I was the rifle carrier on my previous squad but had to give it up when I moved to my new training squad. I was disappointed when I learned there was no rifles available for the training squad.

Now, however, I have David Spade to thank for my newest piece of equipment:

My brand new Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

This isn't the first time David has helped out with the police department. On September 18, 2007 my friend and fellow officer Nick Erfle was shot and killed while on duty. I see Nick's portrait on the memorial wall at my station before every briefing. He left behind a wife and two young sons. David donated $25,000 to Officer Erfle's family when he heard about the killing. I've always thought David was a great comedian and actor but I now believe he's an even greater human being.

17 Comments:

At February 06, 2009 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But I thought your squadmates said that if a Democrat was elected, you'd have to say goodbye to your rifle?

 
At February 06, 2009 12:04 PM, Blogger 10-8 said...

Way to go Joe Dirt! Your agency should make Spade an honorary officer.

 
At February 06, 2009 4:37 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

I have always liked him and now you have given me another reason to do so.

 
At February 06, 2009 7:28 PM, Blogger Aunt Zee said...

It was an awesome thing that he did. Well...really both things. What a show of support too for officers in general and all the crud they deal with day in and day out.

 
At February 08, 2009 8:16 AM, Anonymous WI-RebelGirl said...

Wow! I haven't commented before but your thoughts on David Spade made me do so. Glad to hear someone is using their money for something worthy.

 
At February 08, 2009 7:20 PM, Blogger SFC B said...

Why would criminals using rifles require police squads to have rifles? Are there really that many long-range stand off gun battles in PHX which require weapons accurate and lethal beyond the range of a sidearm?

I'd think that the need for a rifle would have something to do with criminals using body armor more, not upping their firepower.

 
At February 10, 2009 8:50 AM, Blogger Thomas said...

David Spade is the man. Crap, I wonder if he would give me money for an AR-15?
I guess I will wait for my bonus money.

At least someone is taking care of the police

 
At February 12, 2009 2:57 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

I'm not a big fan of his acting but am a huge fan of his actions! That is awesome!

 
At February 14, 2009 4:03 PM, Anonymous fenfen said...

We need more people like David Spade.

 
At February 16, 2009 6:36 AM, Blogger JKR said...

Good looking out, Mr. Spade! I think on the whole, we have some high caliber celebrities here in Phoenix. You have David Spade donating money, Shaq volunteering for Tempe PD, and according to your blog, Sir Charles Barkley paid for your dinner many eons ago. Even when he got popped for DUI, the report states he was cordial the entire time.

 
At February 21, 2009 4:11 AM, Blogger Lawyer said...

I have never really been drawn to David Spade's acting, but now I'm going to have to see one of his movies. This is awsome and says a lot about him as a person.

 
At February 24, 2009 12:15 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

Hi Officer Gary,

I'm a longtime fan of the blog and as a screenwriter I wanted to ask you a specific question as research for a story I'm writing.

Please email me at jason@jasonlapeyre.com when you have time, I promise it won't take much of your time.

Thank you, and please keep posting. You're a great write and clearly a great police officer!

 
At May 28, 2009 3:21 PM, Anonymous marc said...

SFC B
Tosser.

 
At April 27, 2013 5:32 PM, Blogger oldandtired said...

Even as a felon, I think that's a travesty. I am a grandpa now, and Police and Fire should have what they need. Some of the other many made up jobs could go,

 
At April 27, 2013 5:35 PM, Blogger oldandtired said...

David Spade is therefore a good volunteer. Real Good.

 
At September 20, 2013 8:53 AM, Anonymous bail bonds henderson said...

David Spade sounds like a solid guy. You don't always see such generosity toward law enforcement by Hollywood players.

 
At November 07, 2014 2:34 PM, Anonymous memurlar said...

Thank you, David Spade ...

 

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