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4/12/2013 9:59:00 PM
Letter: Character never goes off-duty


Firemen and policemen, when you put on the uniform, you are a hero to every adult and especially the kids.

In or out of uniform you are still a hero - keep this in mind.

We lost three heroes because of a fight on Whiskey Row. They forgot their hero status. They were involved in something that destroyed their high standard. Even when you are retired, those standards go with you. I know. Never lower your standards. That is good advice for all of us.

Thomas Dellinger


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Ex patriot

Thomas, you must think us awfully shallow if you think we'd let our heroes fall from grace over a bar fight. The reality is that it's been a long, long time since any cop in this country cared about being a hero.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Foyle

A hero is not what you do for a living, but how you conduct yourself.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Kali Simpson

On the same day that the Courier broke the Iron Brotherhood story there was also a great story about a off-duty fireman and his brave solitary act dealing with a crime in the Valley. It's interesting that one story got all the attention, and the other got next to none.
The continuing silence regarding the anticipated IB report is further proof that local leadership is grossly out-of-touch, and adrift in Prescott.
At what point does dereliction of responsibility become corruption of office? Local law enforcement, city & county administration, and our ineffective, meek politicians are all avoiding the problem in hopes that it will just go away. It will not. The anonymous trolls out there who insist that it has all been blown out of proportion and will eventually evaporate are mistaken. Nature abhors a vacuum, and this black hole of accountability and bad governance will exist as long as it takes for justice to be served. The alternative is not an option.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The DC reported on 1-18-13 that The Iron Brotherhood (IB) includes members from DPS, yet DPS is doing the investigation to avoid any perceived conflict, or words to that effect. This has never made sense to me. As more and more has been exposed regarding the membership of the IB, it is abundantly clear that the membership is composed of the highest ranking officials.

Which of the DPS are members of the IB. I wonder if the DC would be able to name the members of The Whiskey Row Chapter that are included in the group photo that was published 1-18-13? Maybe the photo could be blown up to expose the nick names. I am interested in whether high ranking officers are more likely to join the IB or if IB members are more likely to be promoted?

What are their requirements? Do they have initiations? Do they elect a board? Does the general membership approve new members? Do they have meetings? Do they have rituals or ceremonies? Do they pray together? Do they earn patches like the boy scouts. Do they take an oath to each other? Where do the nick names come from? What is the significance of the nick names?

When I first learned of this motorcycle club I thought, "Maybe this is not all together different than a baseball team, or a bowling team." " What's so wrong with law enforcement enjoying recreation together?" Now it seems more like a secret society then a baseball team. Even the name Iron Brotherhood sounds violent. The insignia also looks violent. I also read in an online comment that the officer involved in the photo radar scandal was a member of IB. I wish the DC would get to the bottom of that as well. Wouldn't someone be able to see at least if that officer is in the group photo?

I appreciate the work that the DC has done but the more I learn the more intrigued I become.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: CC Wetoldyouso

Ana Mouse is correct. Do you think we will forget? Where is the DPS report on the IB assault and deadly weapons 12/22/12?

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: The Rev

I would shout a single "Brilliant!" in support of Thomas but given the gravity such an interjection sounds\reads inappropriately. In substitution:

Thank You.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ana Mouse

Stand up Americans! Notify Anonymous through Youtube.com of all who violate their oaths. The lists are compiled. The lists of "government" officials and employees of the "government" who fail to abide by their oath to protect and defend the Constitution are recorded . Those who feel they are above the law. Those who confiscate weapons ( NOLA-Katrina) there are 30 alone on the watch list from that violation of the Constitution.This organization is a true power. Those enemies of the Constitution including those who refuse to release the TAXPAYER funded report on the IB Assaults will be held accountable.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Mable Snyder

Very well said. My father was a policeman and we had 3 generations of firemen. Remembering the profession you represent is always important.

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

My definition of a "hero" is someone who comes unselfishly to the aid of another not a trained and well paid professional. That is not to say paid professionals cannot be heroes, but the threshold is higher than for a John Doe who jumps out of his truck to save a family in a burning car risking his untrained life for others.

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