Editors Note: This is such a great story that we couldn’t help but pass it on and ask you to tell everyone you know.
Jessica Jean Cheney was born September 15, 1974, in Pennsylvania. She
moved often as a child due to the fact her father was active military.
The Cheney family finally settled in King William County, Virginia, in
1984. Jessica’s career goals were to become an astronaut until she
learned, at that time, females were not accepted as fighter pilots and
that was the logical route into the space program. In 1991, she decided
to become a Virginia State Trooper… Continue reading
Editors Note: The following is excerpted from the personal blog of CopsAlive regular contributor Chuck Rylant. For those of you who don’t know him, Chuck is a working police officer, has his own financial planning business AND now is co-owner of RockStar Fitness with his wife. Chuck is an amazing person and continues to be a role model for all of us on how to get the most out of life. It is our pleasure to celebrate with the Rylant’s and share their story with you. If you want to learn more about Chuck you can listen to our first interview with him CLICK HERE. In that interview he talked about the importance of writing and using a business plan. Remember he did all of this while still working full time at his police department.
We Actually Pulled it Off
Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted to CopsAlive.com because I’ve been so busy launching a new fitness club called RockStar Fitness, while still growing my financial planning firm in Santa Maria. For now, I’m enjoying being a partner with my wife in this new venture. We really do make a good team in business and life. It really has been fun, rewarding, exciting, stressful and scary all at the same time.
Now that it’s open, we’re discovering all new stresses, but also some incredible rewards. It was gratifying… Continue reading
As we approach Christmas here in the United States I’m struck, as always, by the emotions evoked by all the Christmas Carols and Traditional Music. I know this can be a special, busy, dangerous and wonderful time to be in law enforcement.
Christmas music reminds me of why we are here and how important the role of peace officer is now, and all year long. The next time you hear a Christmas Carol try listening as a police officer and see… Continue reading
CopsAlive is pleased to welcome a new contributor in Diane Sieg. Diane was an emergency room nurse for over 20 years. She wrote her first book, “STOP Living Life Like an Emergency”, because she wanted to illustrate and identify how so many of us were living in such a frenetic state of more, better, faster.
Are you Living Your Life Like an Emergency?
As an emergency room nurse for over twenty years, I witnessed overdoses, car accidents, heart attacks, and gunshot wounds. More often than not, the patients I treated created their own emergencies. Whether it was falling asleep at the wheel, ignoring warning signs, or rushing to get something done, the emergency living they participated in contributed to the events that brought them to the ER.
Why are we all in such a rush? This can be especially true for you as police officers where emergency living is full of chaos, crisis, and panic. It keeps us moving at warp speed, always thinking about… Continue reading
From the early days of the night watch in the 1600s to the high-tech criminal investigations of the 21st century, discover a history that has largely gone untold — the history of American law enforcement — a profession that serves a vital and valued role in our society.
The National Law Enforcement Museum will be a hands-on, interactive museum providing an opportunity to walk in an officer’s shoes… Continue reading
I came across E.L. Forestal while posting some CopsAlive information on the social network Twitter (visit us at www.Twitter.com/copsalive) and noticed that he has several internet businesses running and he is a working police officer. I contacted him and learned that he is an eight year veteran of the Kokomo Police Department in Indiana and because of so many requests from his friends about how to become a police officer he created two training programs about how to pass the police exam and how to succeed in a police oral-board interview. Also because of his sports background he has created an online fitness program called “Fit with a Cop”.
I am always looking for officers with a “back-up” plan to provide extra income and insurance against working in patrol until you are 65 years old and Forestal told me that… Continue reading
Guest Posting By: Brooke McKay, Marketing Coordinator, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
I arrived at C.O.P.S. Spouses’ Retreat the weekend of September 18-21,
2009, at the YMCA Trout Lodge in Potosi, Missouri, after only one month
as the Marketing Coordinator for Concerns of Police Survivors. I knew
the organization dealt with death, dying, and grief; yet I was not
prepared for what I saw. I was instantly introduced to a young widow who
was there for the first time. She was 25 years old, just one year older
than me. While I smiled as I meet all the spouses, I could not get the
young widow out of my head.