Author, conservationist and retired wildlife officer John Borkovich interview; WOTS 044

This episode we interview John Borkovich. Author of Wildlife 911: On patrol. Take a listen to a fun and entertaining show.

About the author

The love and admiration of nature is what drew John Borkovich to the profession.  As John became more and more interested with the natural resources around him, he realized that he wanted and needed to dedicate himself not only to enjoying and respecting our wildlife, but also to protecting our fish, game, and natural resources.

John graduated with honors in 1980 from Michigan State University with a bachelor;’s degree.   John was hired as a Michigan Conservation Officer in 1985 and was given a one year freelance assignment to work around the state of Michigan.

He was part of the DNR Firearms Transition Team, and was also a firearms instructor.  He was a Field Training Officer for recruit conservation officers, and was an instructor at the Conservation Officer Police Academy held at the Michigan State Police headquarters in Lansing.  John received many safe driving awards, and received recognition for his “Fit for Duty” performances.

John was an adjunct professor at St. Clair County Community College in the criminal justice department.  He developed the curriculum for two separate courses at the college and taught the Conservation Law Enforcement and Environmental Law Enforcement classes.

He has received many awards and accommodations:  The Shikar Safari International Wildlife Officer of the Year Award and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation Michigan Officer of the Year.    John received lifesaving

 About the book

Over his twenty-seven year career as a wildlife conservation officer for the State of Michigan, John Borkovich conducted some of the most fascinating, complex, and highly successful wildlife investigations in Michigan. His collection of true stories are action-packed, suspenseful, and often humorous. Ride along on arm-chair patrol as John Borkovich outsmarts deer poachers, thwarts fish thieves, and foils outlaws and felons. John’s encounter with illegal immigrants, strange religious cults, and ordinary burglars puts his life in danger as he protects Michigan’s natural resources.

 EMAIL:  book@wildlife911officer.com

https://www.amazon.com/Wildlife-911-John-Borkovich/dp/1933926066

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Author, dispatcher Caroline Burau interview; WOTS 043

This episode we interview Dispatcher/ Call Taker and Technical writer Caroline Burau. Take a listen to a fun and entertaining show.

About the author

Caroline worked as a 911 dispatcher and calltaker for 12 years. She left the job for a career in technical writing in 2014. The hours are better, and she gets weekends off, but nobody ever says, “You’re a technical writer? I bet you’ve got some great stories!”

She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with an old dog and a new cat.

 About the books

Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat

You answer a call from a fourteen-year-old boy asking for someone to arrest his mother, who is smoking crack in their bathroom. You talk with him until the cops arrive, making sure there are no weapons around and learning that his favorite subject in school is lunch. Five minutes later, you have to deal with someone complaining about his neighbor’s clarinet practice.

What is it like to be on the receiving end of desperate calls for help . . . every day? Caroline Burau, a former newspaper reporter and nursing student who couldn’t stand the sight of blood, takes a job as an emergency dispatcher because she likes helping people. But on-the-job training at the comm center proves to be more than she bargained for. As she adjusts to a daily life of catastrophe and comedy, domestics and drunks, cops and robbers, junk food and sarcasm, lost cats and suicides, she discovers that crisis can become routine, that coworkers can be mean—that she must continue to care and, at times, learn how to let go.

Tell Me Exactly What Happened: Dispatches from 911

A rookie 911 operator’s funny, empathetic, and candid account of the demanding job that changed her forever.

 

Sugarfiend

If her life is a box of chocolates, acid-tongued, sugar-obsessed Estelle Brown should learn how to pick them better. Her boyfriend’s left her for a bulimic hand model, her roommate’s skipped town, and her boss is in love with her.

In the middle of her latest of a lifetime of doomed diet attempts – cutting sugar cold turkey – Estelle decides to quit quitting for good, pack her bags, and lose herself on a 7-day Caribbean cruise.

But even on a floating monument to binge eating, the diet industry follows her. Across from every buffet is a studio full of treadmills. Next to every plate of fried calamari is a large diet Coke.

As a ship full of wary passenger’s ducks for cover, Hurricane Estelle wages her own personal war against moderation. But the consequences land her in the belly of the beast: broke, alone, and forced to take a job as –of all things– a detox consultant for the ship.

Is Skinny the answer to Happy? Is Sweet ‘n Low the new black? Is that Denise Austin chick … for real? No, no, and yes . . . oddly. But for a Sugarfiend, it’s not the destination that matters, it’s all the cupcakes you get to eat along the way.

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This episode was also brought to you by Xiphos Books & Training. Xiphos Books is responsible for books such as ‘Welcome to New Orleans… How many shots did you hear? Volume 1 and 2 as well as the fiction novel A Salty Life & A Traitor’s Death. Be sure to stop by their website and look at their books, training and public speaking dates.

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Words off the street

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streetwordscast@gmail.com

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Contact information

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