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Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!We said yesterday there was another birthday boi coming up!! Today is K9 Apollo’s 2nd Birthday!!

Not often that you have back-to-back birthdays of such good bois!!!! Everyone wish K9 Apollo the happiest of birthdays!

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Thank you!
#TelecommunicationsWeek!

Thank you!
#telecommunicationsweek!Big shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Cora Thorp has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Cora for your dedication.
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Happy, happy birthday, K9 Ace!! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment

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National Police Credit Union is honored to welcome the Munster Police Department (Indiana) into our field of membership. We look forward to serving you and your families. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekWhile they won’t be saying “Aloha” when they answer the phone, they are dressed for island time! Sheriff Crawford is proud to honor our wonderful Communications Unit this week during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. We surely have the best!

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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekFrom all of us at Parkers Mill Fire to Pulaski County 911 Center and surrounding 911 centers, We appreciate all the hard work keeping all agencies, and the community safe! Wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys! #telecommunicationsweek
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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekHappy Telecommunications Week! We here at the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department want to thank all the hardworking dispatchers out there! We want to take a moment to show our utmost respect, appreciation, and admiration for the vital role you play in emergency situations. Your calm voice and quick thinking bring peace in moments of chaos. Thank you for your dedication and selfless service, we couldn't do it without you!
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Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#telecommunicationsweekBig shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Denise Roberts has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Denise for your dedication.
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Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!

Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!Last night at the board meeting, the Naperville Park District and its commissioners recognized Park Police Officer Arzania "Zook" Williams for his dedication and service to the community over the past decade as a Park Police Officer as he prepares to retire. Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement, Zook!

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Thank you for 44 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your dedicated service and wish you all the best in your retirement. Stay safe.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!Ok, 0k..we might’ve overloaded you with doggo cuteness lately, but today is a special occasion - K9 Luka is turning 2!!! 🥳

Happy birthday Luka!! Your endless happiness makes each day brighter but today is all about you. Enjoy your special day! 🎉

And we have another birthday boi celebration lined up for tomorrow….check back to see who it is!!!! 👀

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Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.

Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.We forgot to post this yesterday.

Today, we celebrated a promotion with Deputy Duggan and his family. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and sworn in with the Oath of Office. We expect great things from Sergeant Duggan, and we believe that Sergeants in our office hold the greatest responsibility to their squads, the communities they serve, and this office. Congratulations, Sgt. Duggan!

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Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!

Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!Congratulations to Billy Delgado on his 34 years of dedicated service to the City of Corpus Christi. We hope you enjoy your retirement. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gray Reality

Sometimes, reality is harsh. Reality can also be stark. Your own perceptions may even define whatever you deem reality to be. In my experience, reality is most often gray.

Recently, I was having a conversation with a close friend and we were comparing notes on parenting and business and he made a very astute observation. He noted that social media leads us to believe that reality is absolute and extreme.

Somebody who is out having dinner posts a picture and wants everyone to know that they are having the greatest dinner ever created. A parent takes a video of their child doing something around the house and it is shared as the funniest thing a kid has ever done. The weather forecast doesn’t just predict that a storm is coming, it is going to be the mother of all storms. Harmless? Maybe not.

What about the kid who happens to be caught on film in an embarrassing moment that spreads across the digital universe because somebody happened to be right there with their phone and an app? We all have embarrassing moments. I do several times a day, but this person had the misfortune of having his moment caught on video and now he will be forever labeled as the goof in the viral video for all to see.

Whether it is implicit, such as the “we’re all out having a good time” post that you are not included on or explicit, such as the “you’re not one of us unless you are wearing these shoes” post, the social media version of reality is absolute and extreme.

You are either popular or not. You are a republican or a democrat. You are wealthy or poor. You’re either in or out. You are having the most fun doing the greatest things ever or you are by yourself doing nothing.

How about reality tv? Does anyone ever wonder how real or spontaneous something could be if it is happening in front of a camera crew? Are people really surviving in the wilderness when they are surrounded by a television production company? Do people genuinely fall in love in front of an audience? C’mon, let’s get real.

Very rarely is reality absolute and in no way is reality as it is portrayed in these examples, however, this is not a commentary on the evils of social media. The fact that reality is gray is a good thing and cause for optimism.

Most of life takes place in the middle. Some of the excitement comes into play when you do experience an extreme moment, but if you only live when those moments occur, you are going to spend an awful lot of time waiting around and missing out.

Accepting that absolutes and extremes are rare and not representative of reality allows for you to also accept that not everything is exactly as it may appear. Perhaps someone who you thought was rotten has some good qualities after all. Maybe the real world that you reside in isn’t as far away from everyone else’s reality after all.

Absolutes divide us. Think about what it would be like if you just concentrated on who you are and what you think without the burden of being labeled and categorized. What would it be like if we stripped out the politics of politics?

I would be willing to bet that if we all sat down and answered topical questions without being led to believe that our answers would define us as necessarily being a republican or a democrat, we all would be surprised at how undivided we are. How many of you want to have clean air to breathe and fresh water to drink? Does anyone object to that objective? Is crime a good thing or a bad thing for your neighborhood? How about quality education? Anybody against it?

Is it possible that if you are not obsessed with what you perceive others are doing, you may concentrate more on what you are doing? Do you think that if you realized you have more in common with your neighbor than what you initially thought, you might be more inclined to strike up a conversation?

Extremes are not inviting and there isn’t a lot of room for people where they exist. No one, except for Santa, lives at the north or south pole. The weather is harsh, and the environs do not lend themselves to sustainable human life as we know it.

There is, however, plenty of room in the middle. It is neither too hot nor too cold. Unique qualities are admired not scorned. Alternate views are debated not met with contempt.

Extremes and absolutes promote closed minds and hatred for all, but the few who think and act and judge as the other extremists do. The proliferation of these extreme views leads to a cancellation of each other and the expression of creativity and new ideas.

I don’t always remember how gray things really are. On occasion, I will absolutely label someone who cuts me off in traffic as a *&@x!*+&#%!!! I don’t always welcome disagreement with something that I strongly believe in. I am not always in a good mood and I have yet to live a day without finding something that I could be better at.

Overall, however, I prefer to be curious, ask questions, seek opinions, and to collaborate with those who want to share their thoughts. I do try to put myself in other people’s positions and to appreciate alternate perspectives. I have certainly realized that, over time, I have learned far more from someone who had a different take or a more well-rounded approach than the one I would have stated or employed.

Lastly, you might be asking yourself if it is gray or grey. The truth is…it’s both. Gray is the more commonly used American version and grey is more commonly used in Great Britain. It makes no difference to me and, however it is spelled, it is the color or colour I prefer for my reality.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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