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Thank you for your service, Congratulations and God Bless

Congratulations, Stay Safe

God Bless all First Responders and Military personnel.

Congratulations and stay safe

Congratulations!! Stay safe!

Congratulations!! Stay safe!The Williamsburg Police Department would like to introduce the three newest members of our police department along with the new Williamsburg Chief of police, Chief M. Timmers! Congratulations and welcome to the team! (From Left to Right - Officer Reynolds, Officer Dearing, and Officer Hamiel) ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations!! Stay safe!Welcome to SPD, Class 853!

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Congratulations and stay safe

Thank you NO!

Congratulations lord PLZ keep them safe as they do their jobs ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™

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Congratulations!! Praying ๐Ÿ™ for your safety and security

Congratulations to all of you on supporting your community. It is a very demanding and important career. Stay safe and make sure to express your love for your family as they wait for you to return home safely. I will keep you in my prayers.

Congratulations, Thank you for your service and God Bless

Congratulations. God Bless you and your family's

Congratulations and stay safe

Congratulations!! Stay Safe out there.

Congratulations besafe out there

Congratulations but be aware, wolves. Police walking out quitting for a reason.. Stay close to God, lawlessness.

Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰ and Blessings ๐Ÿ™

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Congratulations may yall b safe as you do ur jobs ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘

THANKS HEROES

Good bless each and every law enforcement officer

GOOD LUCK. HOPE YOU MAKE IT TO RETIREMENT !!!!

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#Heroes

#heroesWhen three LAPD K9 officers were shot last week, LA County Sheriffโ€™s Department did not hesitate to offer their services, by providing their own K-9 unit to help with LAPD K9 callouts.

Two agencies. One county. One goal. Protecting and serving the community.

Thank you Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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Go Blue!! Thank you for all you do!!!

Deepest Sympathy to LAPD K9 Officers ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ with eternal thanks to LA County Sheriff Dept โฃ๏ธ praise and prayers to all of our Law Enforcement Warriors ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

This should not be happening and the criminals getting away with it .Pray for our police,Pity these politicians dont show as much respect for these officers as they did george floyd Back The Blue

Sorta hoping for some perps... Eliminated ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Ty

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Rest in Peace. Thank you for seven years of service, K-9 Indi!

Rest in Peace. Thank you for seven years of service, K-9 Indi!The DeKalb County Police Department is mourning the loss of one of our canines. Retired K-9 Indi served for 7 years, 2013-2020. He served his entire career with his handler, Sgt. N.R. Larsen. During their time together, they gave outstanding service to the police department, the citizens of DeKalb County, and the Metro Atlanta area. #WeAreDKPD ... See MoreSee Less

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Rest In Peace and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš“

Rip big beautiful boy. Thanks for your service. Go run free. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

So sorry for your loss. RIP

Rest in Peace.Thanks for your service.

Thank you K9 Indi for your service. Fly with the angels sweet pup. Back the Blue ๐Ÿ’™

Sorry to hear. Thank you for your service. RIP. prayers to handler and family

Prayers always ๐Ÿ™ โค

K9 Indi ๐Ÿ’™ RIP and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป prayers for your loved ones left behind

So sorry for your loss. Thank K9 Indi for his service to his community. Condolences to the family and friends

Our condolences ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’

God bless him

Rest in Peace buddy

God bless

Rest In Peace

Rest in Peace K-9 Indi ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ–ค

So very sorry! RIP HERO!

Rip K9 Indi

Awwwhh, RIP.

INDI, A HERO THAT WAS LOVED๐Ÿ’™

RIP

RIP

Rip

RIP ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’™

You are beautiful so sorry for his loss

Prayers for him!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน

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Happy birthday

Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

Happy Birthday K-9 Archie

Happy Birthday LEO ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰n many more ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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AWESOME HAVE A GREAT LIFE OF LEISURE

Awesome! Enjoy your retirement and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™

Beautiful. Happy Retirement. Thank you for your service and God bless you and watch over you

Thank you Officer Jacque stay safe ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•

Happy retirement

Thank you for your service K-9 Jacquo. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Enjoy your retirement

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Enjoy ur retirement n thank you for ur service ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก

K9 Officer Jacquo ๐Ÿ’™ happy retirement and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ’™โฃ๏ธ

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Congrats God plz keep her safe as she does her job ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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Welcome and thank you! Stay safe!Chris Schiller joined the Argonia Police Department as its newest part-time officer! He will serve as the interim Police Chief. Chris currently works as a federal officer in Wichita. Prior to this, he was a Special Agent with the Union Pacific Railroad Police and a law enforcement officer in Oregon. Chris is in the National Guard, serving as a combat medic in Afghanistan in 2014. If you see him, feel free to stop for a conversation! Welcome to Argonia Chris! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats Sir b safe out there as so many thugs don’t respect ur badge ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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Congratulations now go and enjoy you deserve your retirement

Thank you for 24 years of service! Enjoy retirement!

Thank you for 24 years of service! Enjoy retirement!Last Thursday we said goodbye and good luck to Lt. Ryan Kwitkin who served for 24 years as he retired. Ryan worked in Patrol for most of his career, but also worked the tactical patrol team. I say retire, but Ryan is heading to another department out west where he will serve as their Deputy Chief. Ryan we thank you for your service and wish you well as you start your new journey. Keep in touch and check in every now and then. Be safe. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for your service.

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Thank you for your service!! Enjoy retirement!

Thank you for your service!! Enjoy retirement!Today is the last day of the shift rotation and It is also the last time Sergeant Burkhalter will work an entire rotation. He will be retiring in a few months and moving with his family out of state. We are excited for him but also bitter sweet to see my former partner retire. His shift came together today and presented him with a gift to show their appreciation. Iโ€™m honored to work with a good group of people. Donโ€™t miss your opportunity to be part of something special. Join our family www.joinmonroviapd.org. Link is also on our profile. We got your six Sergeant Burkhalter ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ ... See MoreSee Less

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Many MANY thanks to each of you and especially Sergeant Burkhalter ๐Ÿ’™ enjoy your retirement Sir ๐Ÿ’™

Happy Retirement!!

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Freedom of Familiarity?

As I may have mentioned on a few occasions, sometimes an idea for an article pops into my head and the words immediately pour out.ย  Other times, I get the idea and all the words roll around in my head for a while before they eventually assemble in a cohesive way.ย  What you are about to read falls into the latter category.ย  As you read it, you will likely understand why this composition crystalized at this time.

Every one of us has a comfort zone, a place where we find peace, safety, love, and happiness.ย  Your comfort zone may be your home or anywhere you happen to be in the same place as your spouse or your best friend.ย  ย Your comfort zone may be your favorite vacation spot or your local coffee house.ย  Wherever you are most likely to feel your best, strongest, most confident self on full display, that is your comfort zone.

Your comfort zone is likely different than mine, but there are almost certainly common threads amongst our definitions.ย  I mentioned a few of them already; peace, love, happiness, strength, confidence.ย  How about familiarity?ย  When you have familiarity with someone or something, you are free to be yourself and when you are true to yourself, you are the best version of yourself.

When you exist in this zone, you can accomplish great things.ย  The confidence that you feel in your comfort zone should liberate you from your inhibitions and help you to unlock your potential and challenge yourself to learn more and expand your horizons.ย  After all, if it does get scary as you progress forward, you can always come back to your comfort zone.

Unfortunately, it doesnโ€™t always work this way.ย  Whether it is the allure of all that comfort and peace or a desire to shelter yourself from anything that might disappoint or frustrate you, you may very well be tempted to stay in that zone as much as possible once you have found it.

However, you view your comfort zone and whatever amount of time you spend in it, ask yourself this question.ย  Would your feelings about it and the time you spend there change if you couldnโ€™t leave?ย  If you suddenly did not have any choice, but to stay in your comfort zone, would the familiarity of it set you free or trap you?

My view on my comfort zone is analogous to a lap top and its docking station.ย  The purpose of the laptop is to create mobility and versatility for you and the tasks that you need to complete.ย  When the laptop has done its job for the day and its battery power begins to wane, you pop it snugly back into itโ€™s docking station where it re-charges, syncs up, and gets ready for the next day.

When the laptop works in concert with its docking station, it is perfectly suited for the tasks at hand.ย  If it never docked, it would never sync with the broader system to which it is attached, and it would ultimately run out of charge and value to you.ย  Conversely, if the laptop never left the docking station, there would be no point in having one because the reasons you own it would be negated by the complete lack of mobility and versatility now trapped in the docking station.

In my mind, if you choose to never leave your comfort zone you are negating the value of your comfort zone and resigning yourself to a life of perpetually untapped potential, limited or no opportunity for growth, and confinement in place of freedom.ย  The only decision you are making in this scenario is the decision to stay where you are.ย  I guess that because you are making that choice, you could fool yourself into thinking that you have chosen to be where you are.ย  But, what if that choice is taken away?

The power of choice and the freedom to make your own decisions are the greatest and most powerful freedoms you have.ย  If that power is taken from you for a short amount of time for a cause or a reason that you understand, chances are great that you would still be willing to sacrifice your decision making for the greater good.

What if the circumstances arenโ€™t so clear and the time frame is even fuzzier?ย  How long would you be willing to make that sacrifice and what would you want in exchange for making it?

Adverse and difficult times have a way of bringing the best out of you.ย  It might be because they cause you to look at yourself and the world around you in a different way or that they create a different focus for you.ย  Sometimes, the challenges you face are simplified when there is one overriding factor that looms so large, you have no choice but to stand together with those around you and face it.

Friends and family are typically front and center during tough times.ย  If you appreciated them before facing those tough times, you probably appreciate them even more so while you face those times and if you were taking them for granted, you may realize that and make it a point to let them know how much they really mean to you.

As we all face these difficult times together, confined to our individual comfort zones and temporarily deprived of many of our basic and most powerful freedoms, letโ€™s make it a point not to let those same comfort zones trap us now or on the other side of this adversity.

We may have to be resolved to our physical confinement and restrictions for the foreseeable future, but that does not mean that our mental and emotional beings need to be confined by those same restraints.

I am going to make it a point to continue to find ways to expand my mind, harness my emotions, and strengthen my resolve to be a better person in the short and long term.ย  What are you going to do?

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmenโ€™s Federal Credit Union

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