(Officer Marmolejos, James Dalman, and Officer Dastur in NY Times Square.)
This past weekend, Happy Joe had the honor of attending the Patriot Boot Camp 2015 held at Goldman Sachs in New York City. I’ll follow up with a full INTEL report on the Patriot Boot Camp after this post, but I wanted to share a quick recap of my overall experience in NYC, particularly about my eventful “run in” with the NYPD.
Happy Joe Run In With The NYPD
Several weeks ago Cory Miller joked on WP RoundTable that if he was ever found in the back of a police car, it would be because of me or with me. I’m not exactly sure what Cory meant by that (wink, wink) but I thought it would be hilarious to get a photo of me being “arrested” in New York City with a caption that said “Thanks, Cory!” I wasn’t sure how I would achieve this … after all, I didn’t really want to commit a crime just for the sake of a perfect photo opportunity. As I walked endless miles around New York City I noticed there were police officers everywhere. Why not ask a couple of them to throw me in some handcuffs or in the back of a car?
As Donetta and I approached two tough looking NYPD officers in Times Square, I was a bit apprehensive about the whole idea. I can be pretty crazy with my creative ideas and this one just might be going too far! I walked up to these guys and simply told them I had a strange request. Immediately they said they couldn’t put me in handcuffs as much as they’d like to. I busted out laughing. Apparently I’m not the first idiot to ask this!!
Officer Marmolejos and Office Dastur of the 10th Precinct were some of the finest and funniest law enforcement guys I’ve ever met.
Both of these men obviously loved to have a good laugh and they were very entertaining. They let me know that if I did get arrested, I might be OK since I was a military veteran, but that I should keep my mouth shut and let my pretty wife do all the talking. Officer Marmolejos and Office Dastur (an Army veteran of the 69th Infantry Division) shared some great stories and NYC advice with us.
Police Officers Have Tough Jobs
Like the military, police officers have to deal with life and death situations on a daily basis. They usually don’t get much love from the public and they certainly don’t get paid enough for the dangerous work they do. I’ve worked in law enforcement and have had several family members who are cops. It isn’t an easy career, especially when you have to deal with the ongoing storms from the media. While there are unfortunate situations that we see on the news, this is not the majority of how police officers really are. I respect what our law enforcement men and women do and give them two thumbs up for their service to our communities.
Officer Marmolejos and Office Dastur are two men who are serious about their careers but who are also down to earth guys having fun. They aren’t the exception either. We also ran into another NYPD officer that evening who stopped us on the street to joke around with us. He was a USMC Veteran and he also gave us some valuable advice about NYC. Overall, our experience in New York City was incredible and it was partly because of the friendly people we ran into.
Thank you to all the great men and women who are protecting the streets and people of NYC! HOOYAH!