Alumni Association News
Fire and Police Spaghetti DinnerThank you to all the volunteers who showed up to help at the Fire and Police Spaghetti Dinner that was held on October 17, 2013 to help benefit Kayla’s Krew.
There were a total of 554 dinners sold bringing the total profit of both the dinner and raffle up to $7,613.
A total of $4,000 was donated directly to Kayla’s Krew. Their mission was to bring to Franklin an all-accessible, all inclusive playground to benefit children and families of any age and ability. You can read more about Kayla’s Krew on their website www.kaylaskrew.org.
Police Officer BBQ
|On September 25, 2013, the Alumni Association held our annual BBQ for the Franklin Police Officers and Staff. There was lots of food to go around and the officers were so grateful!|
Alumni Assist at Benefit Dinner
On Thursday, October 17th nine association members volunteered at the Franklin Fire Department/ Franklin Police Department annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. Our alumni assisted with the setup, food service and cleanup at various times during the day and evening from 9 am to 9 pm.
The dinner was served to over 720 individuals including many alumni and their families. The Benefit raised a total of almost $8,000 from the Dinner and the Silent Auction. Proceeds from the dinner will go to various charities supported by the Franklin Police Department or Franklin Fire Department. Raffle proceeds will benefit “Kayla’s Krew”, an organization established in the memory of the Franklin resident, Kayla Rupte. The charity is working towards the construction of a special needs playground which will be located in the City of Franklin.
The event was another opportunity for Alumni Association members to “give back” to our community by volunteering to assist with a very worthwhile cause. Thank you to the nine alumni who gave of their time and efforts for the benefit of “Kayla’s Krew”
Please continue to watch this website and your emails for more opportunities to volunteer and participate in the Continuing Education program.
Oak Creek's Chief Edwards Talk on Sikh Temple ShootingOn Tuesday, September 24, 2013, Chief John Edwards of the Oak Creek Police Department (OCPD) spoke to the Franklin Police Citizens Academy Alumni and guests about the Sikh Temple shooting that occurred on August 5, 2012. Some of the information has been readily available to the public however, what we saw were things that the public has not been able to see and has just been released.
Chief Edwards gave us an overview of the events of that day from the initial call of the shooting at 10:25am, to the response by officers, to when the suspect was fatally shot. The entire timespan was a mere 6 minutes. Photos of the patrol vehicles were shown with bullet holes in the windshield and hood. We then had the opportunity to see video from Lt. Murphy’s and Officer Lenda’s squad cameras. Due to unfortunate technical difficulties we were unable to hear Officer Lenda’s radio transmissions and sounds from the scene as he approached. The video was dramatic showing Lt. Murphy being shot by the suspect, showing the suspect being shot by Officer Lenda and how responding personnel did what they were trained to do in such a situation.
Calls about the shooting were coming in from people inside the Temple and from India as people inside the Temple were calling their relatives in India who then called the Oak Creek Police Department. The OCPD dispatch center was flooded with calls. The calls they received were delayed which caused confusion as to how many shooters there were and how many victims.
What was learned about Wade Michael Page was that he was a white supremacist who was kicked out of the group he was involved with, he lost his job and he sold his personal items. He purchased the gun used in the shooting legally. His personal computer was missing from his apartment and never recovered. A few days prior to the shooting, Page contacted an old girlfriend and talked to her for about an hour. This former girlfriend stated he never mentioned what his intentions were when she was interviewed.
Response to this tragic event was huge. There were over 440 law enforcement personnel who responded; 50-60 fire personnel; 61 different agencies; 9 K-9 teams; 20 fire departments; 70-80 squads-marked and unmarked; 3 armored vehicles; the MPD robot; 8 tactical/SWAT units. All of this response made for communication issues between agencies as not all agencies are on the same radio frequency or carry the same brand of radio. This also made for managing the scene difficult. A process has since been put in place to rectify this problem.
OCPD has learned a lot from this unfortunate incident and thanks to the previous OCPD Police Chief the department has the proper training and equipment which led to each and every officer from Oak Creek who responded knowing exactly how to handle the situation.
Thank you, Chief Edwards, for taking the time to speak to our group.
Conceal Carry Instruction On Saturday, August 6 and September 14, 2013, the Alumni Association arranged for two NRA instructors to present Gun Safety, Personal Protection and Concealed Carry instruction to interested alumni members. Both classes were very informative and included hands on instruction with live fire training.
The novice class in August was attended by nine alumni members who participated in five hours of classroom instruction and two hours of live fire training at the Racine Country Gun Club. The audio/video instruction allowed for interaction time with the instructors to ask questions.
The intermediate class in September had five members participating in five hours of advanced classroom instruction and three hours of live fire training shooting at stationary targets at various distances and moving targets.
Upon successful completion of these classes, the individuals were presented with an NRA certificate that qualified them to apply to the State of Wisconsin for a Concealed Carry permit.
If you are interested in attending one of these classes, please contact any board member. If we have enough attendees, we will offer another class in the Spring of 2014.
HO, HO, HO!The FPCAAA held its annual Christmas event on December 8, 2012. Santa and his elf arrived via squad car with a bagful of gifts for the children of the police officers and staff. The kids each got to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas and they received their stocking full of toys. Some memorable comments from the children included one who wished for peace for all and another wanted to win the lottery!
While waiting for Santa, there were crafts for the kids. The parents helped the children put bracelets, masks, snowmen, reindeer, Christmas frames and ornaments together. After visiting with Santa, there was food to snack on. Everyone had a great time!
Police academy adds to its citizen roll call in FranklinFranklinNOW article about the Alumni Association from Nov. 27, 2012
2012 CERT Training
The second Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) was held at the Franklin Police Department this spring. Class consisted of a total of 20 hours of instruction and hands on training spread out over three days on April 27, April 28, and May 5. This class was sponsored by the Franklin Police Citizens Academy alumni Association (FPCAAA) and taught by the Milwaukee County Emergency Management Agency. This class was attended by a mix of 21 students from many different backgrounds, all ages, and skill levels. Class consisted of both lecture and hands on team building skills. Every student had to put out an active fire outside in a controlled burn barrel. Class wrapped up after 16 hours of training with a 4 hour mock disaster drill held in the shoot house in the basement of the Police Department. All students received a certificate of completion of CERT training at the end of class. Lunch was provided on both Saturday dates by Jimmy John's of Franklin.
Citizen Academy Class Graduation Ceremony
On May 22 in the Franklin Municipal Courtroom, 13 fellow citizens graduated from the Franklin Police Department Citizen Academy Class XI. Over 45 people from previous classes, family and friends joined in honoring the graduates. The academy enabled residents of Franklin to learn the basics of law enforcement over a period of 12 weeks.
Brief comments were made by the Master of Ceremonies, Officer
Gary Wallace; Chief Rick Oliva; Mayor Tom Taylor; class graduate
Leah Davis and Alumni president Ron Jeske, followed by the
presentation of certificates to Class XI graduates. A short photo
opportunity and social then concluded the evening.
If you are interested in attending a future academy session – spring or fall – please contact Sgt. Patrick Scalise at the Franklin Police Department.