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BJ Schneider is a veteran of more than 25 years in public service as both a policeman and a paramedic. HE has worked world-wide but calls New Orleans home. Along with his podcasting he is a writer in several genre. Including several short story collections about his years on the street. You can see all his work at www.xiphosbooks.net

Author, Firefighter & Cop R.J. Beam Interview WOTS 022

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing RJ Beam. Author of Fire Cop and a prolific blogger at Rescue Humor and Premeditated Fiction. He is a Law Enforcement Officer and volunteer Fire Fighter in Wisconsin.

About the author

During his adult life RJ has worked in the public safety field. He has been both a volunteer firefighter and paid firefighter. RJ now works in Law Enforcement and lives in Wisconsin.

Follow him on his web site Rescue Humor or at his writing blog Premeditation Fiction.

About the book

When Officer Ben Graystock becomes fed up with drug dealer Avery Spade’s ability to avoid arrest, he tries a highly illegal method to bust the criminal. Ben sets fire to Avery’s house. The officer assumes fire investigators will see the meth lab evidence and make an arrest. The plan does not work, resulting in Ben tracking down Avery’s other drug labs and setting additional arsons.

Police officer and volunteer firefighter Stuart Thompson is assigned to investigate these arsons. Thompson also happens to be Graystock’s close friend and partner at the police department.

Fire investigation turns to a murder investigation after Avery Spade assumes the arsonist is a local rival dealer. Spade kills the rival using a fire as a form of street justice. As the investigation progresses more fire deaths occur. The pressure is on for Officer Thompson to find a suspect and end the fires before more people die.

 New, News & Noteworthy

We mourn the passing of a dear friend Red Huling. Red was a firefighter, medic and the former second in command for the New Orleans Health Dept. He will be missed.

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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.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing author of Code Black, Bill Flemming who will be discussing his public safety writing as well as discussing his career and its impact on his art……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Guest : R.J. Beam

WEBSITES:            www.rescuehumor.com

http://www.premeditatedfiction.com

EMAIL:                  rj@rescuehumor.com

FACEBOOK:         https://www.facebook.com/RescueHumor

Public Safety Writers Association V.P. Interview WOTS 021

Welcome to a very special show here at ‘Words Off The Street’. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing  Public Safety Writers Association, Vice President John Schembra discussing his role in the Association and what it can do for you.

About the author & VP

John Schembra was born in Corning, New York in 1948 but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drafted into the Army in 1969, he spent a year in Vietnam as a Military Policeman. After completing his military service, he joined the Pleasant Hill Police Department, retiring in 2001 as a Sergeant after 30 years of service. You can find his work at:

http://jschembra.com/

About the Association

Founded in 1997 as the Police Writers Club and governed by a Board of Directors, the Public Safety Writers Association is open to both new and experienced, published and not yet published writers.  Members include police officers, civilian police personnel, firefighters, fire support personnel, emergency personnel, security personnel and others in the public safety field.  Also represented are those who write about public safety including mystery writers, magazine writers, journalists and those who are simply interested in the genre.  The association also welcomes publishers, editors, agents and others who help writers realize their writing goals.

Benefits of membership include:

  • A members-only FREE one-time manuscript review by a professional editor
  • The members-only opportunity to enter our annual writing competition and become an official “award winning author.”
  • The opportunity to attend our annual conference at a reduced fee.
  • Members-only participation in our online listserv offering the chance to network with fellow writers and editors.
  • Members-only access to experts in the field about which you write, which helps you make every detail of your writing both accurate and interesting.
  • An online quarterly newsletter that includes both news about the organization but also invaluable information about writing, publishing, editing and marketing.

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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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Remember that next week we will be interviewing author of Fire Cop, RJ Beam who will be discussing his public safety writing as well as discussing other project of his own……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Attorney Jeff Blue Interview WOTS 020

Welcome to a very special show here at ‘Words Off The Street’. Today I have the pleasure of sitting in studio with attorney, former partner, and friend Jeff Blue. This show is a bit different than our normal interviews for a few reasons.

1st) Jeff is going to talk with us about the legal side of being a writer and how the stories from our careers need to be handled to prevent any issues in the long run.

2nd) We are going to introduce a new segment of the show. This will be the first part as we talk to Jeff about a writing project of his own that is just in the idea stage. We will follow and regularly interview him about his journey through the pages of his memoir.

3rd) This is our first in studio guest and being a longtime friend I am grateful to Jeff for being the first to visit us here.

About the Guest

  •     Attorney at Law/Owner at Blue Law Firm, LLC
  •     Former Lieutenant at Tulane University
  •     Former Agent with Louisiana Dept of Correction (P&P)
  •     Former Summer Associate at Smith & Fawer
  •     Studied Law at Loyola University New Orleans
  •     Studied Social sciences at Tulane University

About his Law Practice

Blue Law Firm is a small law firm ready to handle your biggest needs. It is client focused and driven to get you the best results.

Areas of experience

Legal representation for civil and criminal matters

Categories

Criminal Lawyer · Estate Planning Lawyer · Divorce & Family Lawyer · Tutorship · Interdiction

Tutorship

When a child is alone and in need of care, there are often family or friends who step up to help. Being named tutor creates the legal relationship necessary to perform all the tasks necessary to care for the child (register for school, medical treatment, etc.)

Interdiction (Limited or Full)

Interdiction is needed when one is not able to care for himself and has no Power of Attorney in place. We will go to court to get you the authority to handle their medical and financial affairs.

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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.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing author of Fire Cop, RJ Beam who will be discussing his public safety writing as well as discussing other project of his own……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Guest : Jeff Blue

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Author Victoria Newman Interview WOTS 019

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing Victoria M. Newman. She is the Founder of How2LoveYourCop, an operation that provides resources, support, and encouragement for police families.

About the author

Victoria M. Newman is Founder of How2LoveYourCop, an operation that provides resources, support, and encouragement for police families. Married 28 years to a Chief with the California Highway Patrol,

she authored A CHiP on my Shoulder – How to Love Your Cop with Attitude, a realistic but positive book to help police wives in their marriages. She speaks throughout the country and abroad on police marriage, and works with Hunting For Heroes’ marriage conference, the VOWS Retreat. Her third book, A Marriage in Progress–Tactical Support for Law Enforcement Relationships, was released December 2015. It is written for law enforcement officers, looking at relationships through the eyes of police culture and training. Mrs. Newman is also a regular contributor to Law Officer magazine.

Mrs. Newman has operated a book consulting business for the past thirteen years, collaborating, editing, and rewriting works on business practices, prison survival, special needs children, marriage, and a memoir from a World War II prisoner of war. She collaborated with SSG Emmett Spraktes to write Selfish Prayer: How California National Guard DUSTOFF Changed the Face of Army Medevac amid the Chaos, Carnage and Politics of War. It was released in August 2013.

Mrs. Newman has four children, and resides in Sacramento, California.

About the books

How2LoveYourCop provides positive resources that support not only the family, but the police career as well. We are led by a belief that when there is back-up at home, the officer is empowered to excel on duty. With nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in marriage, law enforcement community, mentoring, crisis assistance, and leadership, we are passionate about educating, networking, and investing in an area that is difficult, complex, and according to projections on divorce rates, failing.

How2LoveYourCop is led by Victoria Newman, but is not a one-person operation. She is assisted by an army of voices, volunteers, contractors, and prayer partners who come alongside to help create resources for law enforcement families.

We work alongside departments, peer support programs, associations, individuals, chaplaincies, counselors, peace officer and spouse organizations and faith-based ministries. We provide powerful perspectives, tried-and-true solutions, and collective wisdom to encourage, enrich, and empower law enforcement relationships.

 A CHiP on my Shoulder – How to Love Your Cop with Attitude.

Praised for its simplicity and encouraging style, this book has received support from law enforcement leaders from all over the United States, counselors, officers and their spouses, chaplains, and even extended family members of peace officers. Written specifically for spouses, yet there are reports that officers enjoy the straightforward style as well.

 A Marriage in Progress – Tactical Support for Law Enforcement Relationships.

The law enforcement training manual for off-duty life. Written specifically to and for officers, Victoria looks at relationships through principles and examples of police training and culture. It includes positive perspectives, real stories, encouragement, practical tools, and personal examples for how to improve your personal life as a member of law enforcement. Over 1,000 police family members spoke into this book.

 Selfish Prayer.

This book documents the journey of a Medevac unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and beyond. Co-written by Victoria and a California National Guard Silver Star recipient/retired police officer, the book ventures into the actions, thoughts and emotions of a warrior. Thought-provoking reading for Military, Police, Fire, Rescue, and Medical Personnel, and their families.

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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.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing attorney Jeff Blue who will be discussing legal concerns inn your writing as well as discussing a project of his own……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Guest : Victoria Newman

 WEBSITE: www.how2loveyourcop.com

EMAIL: vickinewman517@gmail.com

FACEBOOK: @how2loveyourcop

TWITTER: @How2LoveYourCop

Paramedic/ Author Jon McCarthy Interview WOTS 018

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing Jon McCarthy. Jon’s new book HARD ROLL has been released by Pelican Press and is a paramedics perspective of Life and Death in the city of New Orleans. Jon and I share common roots in the Big Easy as paramedics and have written along similar lines. Let’s dig into Jon’s inspiration and process and see what brought him and his work to this point.

About the author

Born the son of a police officer in the small town of Crawfordville, Florida, Jon McCarthy began his public service as an active duty member of the United States Coast Guard in 1990. Six years later, he entered the world of emergency medical services and has worked for 20 years as a paramedic. He is one of the architects of the New Orleans EMS Field Training Officer program, where he oversaw the program for five years as the Lead Field Training Officer. His book, Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans gives readers an inside look into the chaos of EMS and the toll the job of a first responder takes on those who serve.

Jon currently resides in New Orleans with his wife, two sons and a multitude of pets, where he spends his off days trying to write his way into the next chapter of his life.

 About the book

Known as one of America’s most dangerous cities, New Orleans plays host to incidents ranging from the tragic and disturbing to the completely bizarre—and during his career as an emergency medic, Jon McCarthy saw it all. He chronicles some of the most formative calls of his career in this autobiography that reads like crime fiction. McCarthy demonstrates with detail and clarity that the difficult choice is often the right choice. While not for the faint of heart, each entry in this collection provides poignant insight into the bonds between medics and the people and city they serve.

 

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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.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing wife a career CHiPs Officer and author  ofs everal great books on surviving your police marriage Victoria Newman……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Guest : Jon McCarthy

WEBSITE: http://www.pelicanpub.com/proddetail.php?prod=9781455623211#.WMwF9qK1uM8

EMAIL: lowgunfilms@yahoo.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/HardRoll/

Paramedic Jim Morrissey Interview WOTS 017

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing Jim Morrissey. Jim is the author of the Tactical Medical Field Guide as well as the Wilderness Medical Associations Field Guide and numerous articles in both EMS and Police publications.

About the author

Jim Morrissey has been a Tactical Paramedic for the San Francisco FBI SWAT team since 1999 and prior to that he worked with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team as an educator and consultant. Jim is the Terrorism Preparedness Coordinator for Alameda County EMS. He is a Medical Intelligence Officer for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center and holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jim has lectured in over 25 countries on emergency medicine, wilderness rescue and tactical medical operations and has published a wilderness medical field guide and many articles over his career.

Co-founder of educational training organization specializing in emergency medicine, tactical medicine, wilderness rescue and technical rope rescue. Supervisor and Director of Instructor Development of instructional staff. Instructor of over 1000 courses for these and many other organizations in over 20 countries.

About the books and articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications  

Tactical Medical Field Guide, author of 144 page tactical medical field guide for military, tactical, rescue task force and special operations medics who work in tactical environments.

Wilderness Medical Associates’ Field Guide, author of 100-page field guide for medical rescue personnel. Guide focuses on prevention, recognition and treatment of medical emergencies in remote settings. Note: over 65,000 copies, translated into five languages in print as of 1/2016 

“EMS Response to Active Shooter Incidents”, EMS World Magazine, July 2011

“Spine Immobilization, Are We Going Overboard?” Journal Of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), feature article, March 2013

Strategies for the Inclusion of Medical and Health Representation within Law Enforcement Intelligence Fusion Centers”, Naval Postgraduate School Master’s Thesis, May, 2007 

“Tactical EMS: An overview”, PoliceOne.com , July, 2013 

“Tactical Medical Gear”, PoliceOne.com, December, 2013

“Effectiveness of a New Spine Curriculum in Reducing Backboard Use”, Prehospital Emergency Care, July/September, 2014 

“Standard EMTs need to be ready for active shooters”, EMS1.com, February, 2014

“Active Shooter: Rescue Task Force medics get to victims faster”, EMS1.com, July, 2015

“Hybrid Targeted Violence vs. Active Shooter Incidents”, EMS1.com, November 2015  “Redefining “All Clear” in Active Shooter Response”, EMS1.com, July, 2016

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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.

 Announcements

Remember that next week we will be interviewing Tactical Paramedic with the FBI and noted field manual author, Jim Morrissey……………   DON’T MISS IT!

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Guest : Jim Morrissey

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