Holiday Retirement honors first responders
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 to be Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Each year, thousands of people across the country participate in planned events to honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. National Police Week is also a great time to give thanks to all former and current law enforcement officers who have served their communities.
Holiday Retirement is excited to participate in this event by recognizing Holiday residents who have served, or still do, as police officers.
Bruce comes from a 20-year military background in the Navy, where he trained the military branch’s first official narcotics detector dog. Following his assignment to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, Bruce also trained the first police canine corps for the North Las Vegas Police Department.
After retiring from law enforcement, Bruce established the Bruce Sessions Canine College, training family dogs in obedience and personal protection. This endeavor earned Bruce a contract for the public television series College for Canines. Bruce continued to spread his knowledge and love of dogs, authoring three books on dog training and holding an associate editor position at Dog Fancy Magazine.
A man of many talents, Bruce spent the last years of his career as a radio talk show host and, now retired, he enjoys volunteering for his community in a multitude of ways.
Beginning in 1997, Jean served her community through Calimesa’s Citizens on Patrol, acting as commander for seven years. Now at 88 years young, Jean still volunteers her time to the community every Wednesday, patrolling in a city vehicle and assisting deputies as needed.
Jean’s commitment to making her community a better place has earned her numerous awards, including Citizen of the Year for Calimesa.
After retirement from the Marine Corps in 1964, Harry was offered a position as a police officer in the Carson City Police Department. He quickly climbed the ranks to become a sergeant and eventually transferred to the Public Service Commission for the state of Nevada as a transportation inspector. In this role, he kept motorists safe through the regulation and enforcement of transportation laws.
During his time at the Public Service Commission, Harry had the privilege of hiring numerous police officers and enjoyed his time in law enforcement, both in and out of uniform.
Interested in participating in National Police Week? Holiday Retirement communities across the country are showing their appreciation for police officers through community events.
Throughout the week in 2017, Holiday Retirement's Greeley Place will collect stuffed animals and blankets for the Greeley Police Department to hand out in times of crisis. It also invites any police officer to join the community for refreshments on May 15, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. MDT.
On May 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. PDT, Holiday Retirement's Point Defiance Village will host "Cappuccino and Conversation with a Cop." The event will feature a resident's family member who is a retired state trooper and he'll give residents insight into life in law enforcement.
Holiday Retirement's The Lodge at White Bear will host a Police Appreciation Lunch May 25, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Each officer will receive a thank-you card from the residents, and a huge thank-you cake will follow the meal.
Get in touch with us to explore even more of the great happenings at a Holiday Retirement community near you.