“I do not know what to say to start with. I do not have anything profound to say. It still hurts. Dave’s locker is still right across from mine, a St. Michael sticker permanently affixed to it, never to be opened again. I have Dave’s name on my bracelet, the mourning band with your badge is still attached to my gear. I am sorry. As one of the senior guys that was on his shift, I am sorry Dave came to our little town for a better life only to be taken from us. It has been hard sitting down and telling this story because only few days after this happened Dave would be gone.
Now that I have brought everyone down, I hope I can liven it up and they have a laugh at this, because I still do. Just know some “colorful” language will be edited…
We had been having a rash of daytime apartment burglaries and I was patrolling one of the complexes on my end of town. While patrolling I located a patio sliding glass door opened up about a foot. Not sure what I had yet, I asked for an additional unit, and Dave was dispatched (it should be noted that he was already enroute to back me up when he heard me check out).
Upon Dave’s arrival we went to have a closer look at the door. This patio was probably about 12 feet long by about 4 foot wide with probably a 4 foot railing across it. The ground surrounding it was standing water from recent heavy rains.
While we did not see any signs of burglary, we did see one of the biggest pit bulls in existence lounging on the chair looking at us with a “what are you idiots looking at” look on its face.
Dave: “Bro, we gotta search it.”
Me: “Uh no, you see the size of that dog.”
Dave: “Policy bro, policy says we search.”
Me: “You go first then tough guy, I’ll follow you.”
Dave: “Bro, you’re all former SWAT and Army, and an FTO, I need to learn from you. You go first!”
Me: “As the senior officer on scene I am making the call we not entering this apartment.”
Dave: “Bro, policy says we search. I don’t want to get fired!”
It was clear that the apartment had not been burglarized. We could see laptops and TVs inside, and nothing appeared thrown around. Dave was also clearly using “bro” intentionally in all his sentences. All professionalism went out the window as we jokingly bantered back and forth about Policy and the size of the pit bull like kids on a playground, all the while this huge dog is eye balling us, before I finally said “I’ll call Sarge.”
So we walk back to the squads and I call Sarge who AGREED with me (Dave shot me the bird as I wrote “told you so punk” on my notepad) to not enter the apartment, but we needed to try and shut the door.
So, we then went back to the apartment to shut the patio door, only to find that thepit bull was now GONE.
Me: “Where the hell that dog go?!”
Dave: <cackling> “Bro, he’s hiding, waiting to eat your face when you go shut that door.”
Me: “You shut it… you’re a foot taller than me and can get over that railing better…and I’m a better shot than you.”
Dave: <still cackling> “it’s your call bro. You found it.”
So we came up with the plan: as I hopped over, he would watch and cover me against the still hidden pit bull. The apartment patio is several feet below the level of the parking lot, and I got in position to hop the fence. I turn around and look back at Dave who now has his phone out.
Me: “What the <blank> you doing?!”
Dave: “Bro, when that dog jumps out at you, you’re either gonna end up in the mud or lose an arm, both of which will be awesome on youtube… but I promise I’ll only let him get one arm.”
Me: “You mother…”
Dave: <laughing almost uncontrollably>
Well, I made it over the railing without getting eaten, and got the door shut without seeing the dog again. I am sure if anyone was watching they were like “what the hell is wrong with those cops.”
I know I could never do justice to the mannerisms and voice of Dave. I just hope those that knew him can insert him and know just how funny this was.
Was I actually ever concerned about that dog? Absolutely not! As much as we were joking around, I never once doubted Dave would be there if that dog had showed up.
Miss you BRO, see you on the other side…”
~ P.B., Euless PD