On at least two occasions these Chest pounding patriots (I puke) even asked if we could not participate or at least minimize our participation???????
Hell one Commissioner even asked if we could get the families of KIA's not to schedule a funeral during a football game.
The County sheriff and the TPD Police force has advised us that it is too dangerous, that they have lost to many officers during escorts. Yet this wasn't a problem while they were escorting football players and horses, it only became a problem when we started asking them to escort soldiers????
Hello, somebody tell me, what is two plus two? Them cycle cops ride good. You ever watch em spend your tax dollars dropping them bikes at the Police Rodeos. They ride damn good. They also been heard to say they wouldn't practice on their own bikes. Why? Cause you would not be paying for the damage they do to their own bikes!
The County Sheriff even went so far as to send us a Supreme Court ruling that he reads as prohibiting him from using officers for escorts?????
I read the ruling and still have to go ??????? And apparently every chief in every community around her must have failed to,
A. Get the same interpretation from the ruling, and
B. Are better able to control their traffic so that they do not lose officers to escort, or
C. Understand that the least you can do beside putting your life on the line for football players when soldiers are putting their lives on the line for you is to grow a few cohones and take a risk to demonstrate respect and honor.
My bet, the street cop would do it in a heartbeat were it not for the political spinelessness that has the cops putting even escorts for their own on hold just to make a point that they aren't gonna be persuaded to do the right thing.
We went back through our site and tried to find the runs we have mentioned here and which ones were escorted by police and which ones weren't. Now I am convinced our readers are smart enough to see that something don't add up when every community in the area willingly does what Florida's Capital City makes excuses to avoid doing.
So heres the list. If police escort or lack of such is not noted it is because we can not document it. Note also, there have not been enough runs in the city proper for the we don't have the money excuse to wash.
I don't know h ow many I rode before the blog started . At least two Chaires and Quincy. Plus I'm sure I haven't blogged every one. So here's at least 37
jan/31/07 Tallahassee no police escortPatriot Gaurd Mission-Cpl Woodall It's still a little cool this time of year at the time of morning riders from Panama City had to head out for the tally PGR mission. But thanks to riders from out of area and locally the Patriot Guard mission was conducted with the reverence and respect due:
Marine Corporal Julian Woodall - Died in Iraq - Graduate of SAIL HS in Tallahassee - 21 yrs. old
Maclay Gardens Served as a place of honor for respects due a fallen warrior.
6/5/07 DOTHAN POLICE called in extra help for the size of the escortPatriot Guard Send Off Mission-Sun. Patriot Guard Members, A send off mission is scheduled for the 1203rd Engineers- Dothan, Ala. on Sunday, June 10, 2007. Please bring your American Flags.
Tallahassee Area Staging - Where: New Burger King in Havana, FL, Hwy 27 (just past the 2nd red light on the right coming from Tallahassee) Time: 10:30 a.m. EST---KSU: 10:40 a.m. EST --Dothan, Al. Staging -Where: Dothan Power Sports 2003 Ross Clark Circle
6/27/07 Unauthorized Tally Police Cruiser escorted to 1-10 Georgia police picked us up at Ga. Line Short Notice Patriot Gaurd Run-Tallahassee to Ga.
From Mike Donohoe Tallahassee Ride Captain: Jeremy Mack, an eleven (11) year active navy member, died from a motorcycle wreck in California last Thursday 21 June 2007. The family has called requesting a Patriot guard escort. The body is arriving in Tallahassee Fl. tomorrow, Wed. evening (6/27) for transport to Thomasville Ga.
We will stage at the Texaco, corner of Blountstown Hwy and Capital Circle at 7:00 p.m. w/ KSU at 7:05 p.m. We will ride to the Tallahassee Airport where we will then escort the body to Thomasville, GA. Note: Additional information on the funeral which is Saturday, June 30 in Thomasville will be forth coming. Time/details unknown yet.
7-5-07 Police escort in Pensacola Run Fri For Tally Area Road Capt's Father
Jul 29 07 Panama City Police escort PGR Run to honor Sgt. Joushua Cope
2007/08/cpl-cabanis-cookout.html fundraiser no need for escort
9/25/07 Police escort from Dothan to EnterpiseWe will stage at the Oak Valley Publix at the corner of 27 North and Capital Circle NW, at 0730. KSU at 0740. Be gassed up for 90 mile trip to Dothan where we will unite with the Dothan group for trip to Enterprise. Mike Donohoe Tallahassee Ride Captain US Army Sgt. Edmund Jeffers, 23, Enterprise, AL
31 Oct 07 Police Escort PGR-upcoming Pensacola Mission SHORT NOTICE - Donald Howard Ziegler Jr., 51, Navy Veteran, Pensacola FL,
10/1/07 Patriot Guard Honor Mission-ALL ARE WELCOME to pay your respects Tentative Staging Information for mission to honor three American heroes in Donalsonville, GA, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Meet at Oak Valley Publix, corner N Monroe and Capital Cir. NW, at 3:00 p.m. KSU @ 3:15 p.m
10/25/07 Short Notice-PGR - Quincy, FL Desert Storm Vet Ed Sanders -
1/2/08 – Police attendance EGLINThe PGR has been requested by Bill Everett – Region IV Chief of Staff – Commander Chapter #566 of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) to assist in a high profile dedication ceremony of a portrait mural near Eglin Air Force Base. This mural will individually honor all of Florida's fallen heroes (KIA) that have made the supreme sacrifice for this country, from 9-11-01 to present (more than 190).
1/15/08=Police ask for minimal PGR participation. 1st time: TALLAHASSEEPatriot Guard, returning service men, the city of Tallahassee, Where is the honor
Yesterday about 28 of us met at Hwy 20 and capital circle to stage for honoring and welcoming home the 160 MP arriving at the Tallahassee airport after 15 months in Afghanistan. As always their was a briefing prior to the mission wherein the Road Captain informed us that TPD had communicated that they would prefer no more than 5 PGR in attendance and that they would provide no escort for PGR
PGR mission- Sgt. Andrew Lee Dickey laid to rest. quincy
3-9-08 Tallahassee PGR standing for VNV/Legacy Vet Seay No Police
3/21/08 CARABELLE , Fl PGR mission accomplished despite those who take feedom for granted.
4/8/08 Panama City, Police EscortPatriot Guard stands for KIA Charles Jankowski Yesterday the Patriot Guard had the honor of standing for Specialist Charles Jankowski
4-20-08 TALLAHASSEE no police escortThose of us from this neck of the woods beat it back to Tally to ride to attend the posthumous promotion ceremony for SPC Robert Allen Wise at the McMillan National Guard Armory on Sunday the 13th. This was one of the largest turnouts we have had in the tally area with riders from Panama City and Jacksonville. It was awesome when we we pulled up to his mothers house to escort her to the Armory. Even more awesome was when she said it was the best ride she had in her life.
4/28/08 We escorted Chris to Wakulla. Leon County refused escort-Wakula CO. Sheriff met us at county line PGR Welcome Home Mission A group of Marines are returning from Iraq on Wednesday, April 30. We will stage at the Marine Reserve Center, 2910 Roberts Ave., Tallahassee, promptly at 2:00 p.m. We will form a flag line. Following, we will escort Lance Corporal Chris Meinhardt to the Wakulla County Courthouse.
5/5/08 Patriot Guard Riders 20 year Naval Veteran Richard Clark laid to rest-Patriot Guard Mission Thomasville
7/30/08 Tallahassee no escort Wakulla Sheriff Escort (these are examples of picking up someone at the Tallahassee airport and escorting them to Wakulla County. Wakulla County has never refused an escort)Tallahassee Patriot Guard mission Sat morning From Tallahassee PGR Ride Captain Mike Donohoe:
The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to welcome home Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Reeves who has been assigned to an Army unit in Iraq.
09 Aug 08 thomasville
Patriot Guard run in the A.M. We will stage at the Target at the corner of Thomasville Rd and Bannerman at1030. Briefing at 1045. KSU at 1100. Mission info below: SSGT Erie R. Vall
9/29/08 Quincy Police EscortRest In Peace -Sgt. Robert E. Brooks- PGR mission Quincy, FL Saturday Patriot Guard Riders from as Far away as Panama City, Niceville and Thomasville, joined Tallahassee PGR riders to pay Final Respects to SGT. Robert E. Brooks. Sgt Brooks was 25 year Army Vietnam Vet who spent the last years of his life as an ROTC instructor at East Gadsen High School. So beloved by those he instructed services were held in the East Quincy High School Gym.
8/19/08 Tallahassee no police escortTalahassee area Patriot Guard Mission From Mike Donohoe, PGR Road Captain:
The family of PFC Travis Dowd (US Army age 22) has said they would be proud and honored to have the PGR stand for their loved one who died at Ft. Hood Texas. Wednesday, August 20. Stage at Culley's Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, at 7:45 a.m. Briefing at 7:50a.m. Set Flag Line 8:00a.m. Funeral service begins at 9:00 a.m. Ceremony with military honors following the service at same location. Rain or Shine. Cages welcome, extra flags will be available.
9/5/08 Tallahassee no police Wakulla Police escortPatriot Guard Welcomes US ARMY Private Riley home Yesterday approx. 9 Patriot Guard Riders arrived at the Tallahassee Airport to Welcome home from Iraq US Army Private Aaron Riley.
We formed a Flag-line inside the airport for the family. As they went to get in their vehicles PGR members lined up alongside capital circle to escort the Private Riley and his family home.
As usual in Leon County PGR took care of taking care of traffic. As usual when we crossed the Leon County Line into Wakulla County we were picked up by Wakulla County Sheriff Deputies to escort us through Crawfordville into Panacea.
9/14/08 Perry Florida Police escortThe family of Sgt. Wayne Morris USMC VietNam vet has requested the presence of the PGR at his Memorial Service Sunday, September 14 in Perry, FL. Mission info follows:
10/23/08 Tallahassee no escort Wakulla Sheriff escortArea PGR mission complete-Welcome home S SGT Simmons Approximately 21 rider showed last eve, to welcome home Silver Star decorated M SGT Simmons home from Afghanistan after his fourth tour of duty in six years.
12/28/08 Crestview to Baker Police escortRest in Peace Sgt Medley- Patriot Guard Mission completed
Tallahassee Police Department says no To escort for CWO Carl Davis It seems a call was put in to the Tallahassee Police Department requesting an Escort for the CWO Carl Davis military family(his son in Uniform) and his burial. The line was, we will only provide escorts for those Killed in Action. So I am going to have to assume that the money the city lost last year in service to FSU football games was because the players were "killed in action". Mr/ Davis was escorted by the PGR 1/17/09
1/28/09 ALL CRAWFORDVILLE WAKULLA COUNTY SERVICE PERSONNEL TURNED OUT Firefighter Captain Richard Rhea is honored in Crawfordville, fl. Rest in Peace
26 MAR 09
Short Notice Patriot Guard Run, Thomaasville Ga., WW11 vet Ed gay
4/26/09 Police escortSpc. Michael J. Anaya, 23, of Crestview, Fla. DoD Identifies Army Casualty
5/27/09 second time PGR asked by police not to ride while police escorted-Tallahassee
779th departs Tallahassee, the story you didn't see in the Tallahassee Democrat-Tallahassee Police escorted as Governor Christ spoke to the troops that say. Keeps soldiers standing in heat until some fall out.
5/31/09 Police escort Bainbridge rest in Peace VIETNAM Vet James Jacobsen last Friday on short notice approximately 4 riders from the panhandle area rode to Bainbridge Georgia to meet up with other PGR Riders to pay honors and respect to the family of James "eddie" Jacobsen and escort him to his Final resting place.
01 JULY 09 Tallahassee, FL No Police escort The family of Paul Saul, USMC Veteran, has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at his funeral service Wednesday, July 1.
7/9/09 Police escort from Marianna to Leon County officer instructed to turn of lights at Leon County Line Marianna-PGR sends off 144th and we say bullshit to Capital of Florida and it's Lt. Governor, what wasn't reported-Lt. Gov is present
Most of these are towns that are near the Capital City. Thomasville and Bainbridge Ga. Have not escorted everyone, but when they can it is a site to see as the officers stand in the intersections with white gloves and white hats at attention and salutingAdd to Technorati Favorites.