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Bob Lowey is a friend and adviser from Illinois, U.S.A.
As you read on, I am sure you will understand why I respect his views and his friendship.
I first met Bob many moons ago, when he was visiting the U.K to track his ancestry, particularly on the Isle of Man and Scotland. He happened to make an appearance at the Police Social Club in Carlisle, Cumbria, where we met.
His visits have not gone without excitement. On one occasion, we crossed the border into Scotland because he wanted to buy a kilt and everything that matches the outfit. (It's the first time I have helped a man shop for a skirt ;)
As we relaxed in a restaurant, a diner next to us fell to the floor having great difficulty breathing. Bob and I were there in a flash, cleared his airway of obstructing food and gave as much aid as possible. He had a weak pulse, and erratic breathing, but he was still with us. Luckily the paramedics were on scene in good time, and after a quick brief, they went into action.
Bob and I sat down afterward to gain composure and were offered a meal on the house, but somehow it didn't feel appealing. Later, we attended the hospital where the gentleman was taken, but because we weren't relatives, the staff wouldn't tell us anything about his status. I understand, and I hoped for the best, but it didn't give us closure. To this day, we don't know if he made it.
We have attended a rugby game at Twickenham, London. My nephew was playing for England. Bob and I, have a photograph of us on Westminster Bridge, where the recent terrorist act occurred. It was a time of problems in the farming sector; foot and mouth disease had gripped parts of the country, including Cumbria. Bob must have found it very strange on the train journey to our city from London, because the predominant accent to be heard-was Australian!
The Aussies had supplied numerous veterinarians to the U.K. to assist in controlling the disease. Most of them were based in Cumbria, and most of them were in our carriage!!
To cap it all, we were in a bar, uptown in Carlisle and having a few drinks, when the doors were shut quickly by door staff, which trapped us inside.It was believed, some soccer hooligans were nearby and they didn't want them in. Bob and I revealed we were cops and ready to help. I think his American accent may have confused everyone, but there he was, ready to protect life and property, even in another country. In any case, it turned out to be nothing at all.
Bob started his career in law enforcement as an Auxiliary Police Officer in 1993 by the Bradley Police Department: Illinois. The equivalent In the U.K. are called Special Constables. In 1996 Bob was hired full time by the Bradley P.D and during his time there, he became a firearms instructor as well as a Crime Scene Technician (CST). Firearms is one of Bobs' passions, and some people would describe him as a gun nut.
At that time, one of the pre-qualifications for Detective was to be a CST, whose role is to process and secure evidence for the Detectives while they canvased the area for witnesses and talked to the victims. In addition to these duties, Bob was also one of the first members of the Honor guard. In 1999, he was assigned to a drug task force as a detective working as an undercover agent and In 2000, he became an OC instructor (pepper spray) and a Tazer Instructor.
In 2001, Bob felt a change of role was needed when internal politics hit the scene, and he began a process of adapting his career. In 2002, he was hired by the Kankakee County Sheriff's Police Department.
After His move to the Sheriff's Department (a term we Brits love to hear, because of the movies, I guess) Bob has worked on a variety of differing roles. One of the first assignments was the Marine Unit (more commonly River Patrol). It was one of the best assignments he had ever worked. During the summer months, he was in shorts and wearing polo shirts, riding around on jet skis and patrolling in the police boat. (Once again, we Brits get jealous) Unfortunately the unit is no more.
Next, Bob became a Field Training Officer (FTO) training the next generation of police officers. To date, he is still a FTO as well as the Coordinating supervisor. In 2010,he was assigned to the Stolen Auto Task Force again working in plain cloths and in some undercover capacity. While he was in this unit, he received training as an elderly service officer, then taking the promotion exam and was subsequently awarded the rank of Corporal in 2012. As a matter of interest, the Sheriff's Department has 3 tested ranks Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Bob is currently assigned to midnight shift as a supervisor; still teaching firearms, and a member of the County Wide Honor Guard Unit.
We may not see Bob and his family so much, because of the distance and time related issues, but we aim to put that right in the future. It is no wonder I have a strong feeling of attachment to the U.S, when people like Bob and his family come to the fore.
Meanwhile Bob in his country, and my wife, Fiona in ours, carry out their duties on behalf of their respective communities.
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