Phoenix Lodge 2 News

Tragic loss of Officer Paul Rutherford

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The Rutherford family and the City of Phoenix experienced a tragic loss today March 21, 2019. Police Officer Paul Rutherford was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road at 8:30 am. Officer Rutherford had been serving the City of Phoenix community for nearly 23 years.  

He was handling a call for service across the street from the scene of an earlier accident he had responded to when he was struck. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Officer Rutherford is survived by his wife and two children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the fellow members of the Phoenix Police Department.

Visitation:       
Date:               Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time:              1430-1530 hours Public Viewing
                       1530-1630 hours Mass
Location:        St. Thomas Aquinas
                       13720 W Thomas Road
                        Avondale, AZ 85392

Funeral:
Date:               Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time:               1000 hours
Location:         Christ’s Church of the Valley
                        7007 W. Happy Valley Road
                        Peoria, AZ 85383

Procession to Follow:
                      Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery
                      200 W. Beardsley Road
                      Phoenix, AZ  85027

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Verizon Puts A Freeze on Texting for Exiting PPSLA Members – Explained

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Yesterday, there was a “soft closure” of many PPSLA Verizon accounts and there will be more to come. This is in lieu of simply turning off all devices last month – something that we should have done under this type of account or risk a huge expense to the lodge. As we stated before, to avoid any interruption in service, simply let us know what you want to do:

1. Keep your benefit as is. For $35/month continue to be an FOP member by filling out an automatic check withdrawal form that we can email you.

2. Transition your benefit to AZCOPS. We will release your line and someone within AZCOPS will need to assume your line’s liability. If AZCOPS does not facilitate on their end, you WILL see a spike in your bill. Regardless, you may see a temporary increase during the transition. This is normal, and it depends upon what time in the billing cycle you make the switch.

FOP office staff has been instructed to release any member who has paid their bill in full and wants to leave.

We are trying to help you do whatever it is YOU want to do… transition your Verizon benefit to AZCOPS, or stay with the lodge. We are also not going to compromise our integrity in order to sway your decision. Cops should not lie – especially to each other.

The phone plan is exactly the same although some have been lead to believe that there are differences.

When PPSLA left FOP immediately after promising a 30 day heads up, we should have stopped all lines of service for liability reasons. But we were not going to make the individual member pay for the actions of their new leadership, and we wanted to offer a choice. The other option would be to release all lines of service, but there would have been an immediate negative impact on your bill. Also, the ability to upgrade would be diminished, again harming you for the way your leadership went about the changes. So, we tried to reach out to everyone to ask what they wanted to do. We are willing to release your lines, but unless AZCOPS picks them up immediately, your bill will spike. It goes without saying that after we release your lines, we have no control or ability to add you to the AZCOPS account.

We, here at the FOP, wish it was not this difficult. It didn’t have to be. We are working hard on our end to ensure the smoothest transition possible, but when members are lied to about what is going on, it is hard to manage the great deal of work that PPSLA created for everyone. When we try to work hard to get you what you want and hear that PPSLA told their members that they don’t have to do anything, our work becomes more frustrating. When PPSLAs strategy is to besmirch FOP office staff by name and providing untruthful accounts about the same people who seem to be the only ones working to fix things, it is demotivating. As things continue to break they will not be the result of anything that the FOP did. But past actions indicate that we will be to blame, nevertheless. We focus on solutions while others (who created the crisis) focus on the blame.

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Fallen Trooper Tyler Edenhofer

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Trooper Tyler Edenhofer was shot and killed after he and several officers responded to reports of a subject throwing objects at vehicles on I-10, near Avondale Boulevard in Goodyear, at approximately 10:00 pm.

Three Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers and two Goodyear Police Department officers responded to the scene and attempted to take the subject into custody. The man resisted arrested and engaged the officers in a struggle that lasted several minutes. The subject was able to obtain one of the officers’ duty weapons during the struggle and opened fire, killing Trooper Edenhofer and wounding another Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper.

The subject was taken into custody.

Trooper Edenhofer had graduated from the police academy only three months earlier and was still in field training at the time of the incident.

If you would like to support Trooper Edenhofer’s family, support seriously wounded Trooper Dalin Dorris and Trooper Sean Rodecap, Click Here.  Any Contribution Is Appreciated

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Notice to all recently departed PPSLA Members:

Notice to all recently departed PPSLA Members:

We need to set the record straight in the wake of ongoing false attacks by the newly elected and appointed PPSLA – Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association Executive Board. While the PPSLA membership is absolutely entitled to go in a new direction, its new leadership is not entitled to their own set of facts.

As you may be aware, the FOP office staff has been contacting PPSLA members one by one to ensure that your benefits — including your FOP Verizon mobile phone service — are not terminated. This time-consuming process has been made all the more difficult by the PPSLA Executive Board’s decision to move to a new state group with virtually no notice to the FOP. Because there are literally dozens of members who need to be contacted — and because the clock is ticking on the termination of mobile phone service for dozens of individuals — the Executive Board’s decision to literally leave on a moment’s notice has made this complex process more difficult. At the same time, their lies and attacks have also made a challenging situation even more challenging.

Let us be clear: The FOP and our office staff are moving Heaven and Earth to make sure your benefits suffer no interruption. No one in our organization has abandoned you, nor has anyone acted in an unethical manner. We respect the PPSLA’s decision, even though PPSLA leadership has acted with blatant disrespect since the decision to separate from the FOP.

Your options are simple:

1. Join Lodge 2 for $35/month by filling out an ACH. This membership fee will include all the FOP benefits available to members including the full-service FOP legal plan and the Verizon phone benefits.

2. Request that we release your Verizon line and contact a PPSLA or AZCOPS representative to have your line picked up by them. You will need to close out all outstanding balances prior to this. Please note that while the plan is exactly the same, you may experience a bill increase because you are transferring profiles.

3. Do nothing. This will result in any phone numbers currently assigned to the AZFOP profile being frozen.

Our office staff has been asking everyone we contact to choose one of the first two options. So we’re clear, this is being done because the AZFOP cannot continue to assume the liability for your account if you are no longer an FOP member. At the same time, while we hate to see members leave, we will do everything possible to facilitate your move to a new phone plan — if that’s your choice.

Again, let us be clear: We want to do everything in our power to ensure that you have no interruption in your phone service. No one’s phone service has been terminated abruptly, nor have we denied anyone the chance to keep their cell number. With that said, PPSLA members who fail to make a choice on their phone plan soon may see their text messages frozen by Verizon. Again, to avoid this, please go ahead and choose how you’d like to move ahead on your mobile phone service as soon as possible.

The FOP office staff has been instructed to assist each and every one of you with your decision — efficiently and courteously. Our staff has also been instructed not to tolerate any disrespectful conduct. Conversations that take a nasty turn will be ended politely, but immediately.

Dozens of you have decided to stay with the FOP. We could not be more glad for the chance to continue to represent you. Thank you.

Anyone else who would like to stay with the FOP is welcome to do so. For those of you who choose another direction, we wish you the very best of luck.

One and all, please stay safe

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June 21st – Training Day

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The AZ State FOP Presents: PR, Media and Legal Response to Critical Incidents   

$299  EDF Approved!

June 21st, 2018 from 8am to 4pm 
Located at The FOP Lodge 2
3520 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85014


8am – 12pm

Blue News – Guest Speaker Lance Lorusso 
12pm – 1:30 pm 
Q/A during lunch – Panel-Lance, AZFOP, ALC
1:30pm -2:30pm
ALC/YPL Critical Incident Legal Response ALC-YPL
2:30pm – 3:30pm
PR Strategies and Resources for Labor, an Overview – David Leibowitz AZFOP Public Relations Strategist
3:30pm – 4:00pm
Closing remarks.

How to Register

Please email your request to attend to Tisha Urias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate that you are requesting to attend the training on June 21st in your email. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible. If you have any questions you may email or call our office at 602-993-0230 for any assistance needed.

EDF Approval

You will need to fill out an EDF/In-County Registration form in its entirety and have your Commander sign it. Then you will send us the approved form by interoffice mail to Ms. Kenia Buckner with PPSLA, email your form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail your form to PO BOX 33967 Phoenix AZ 85067. We will accept completed forms the day of training if you have registered.

How to Pay
You may use EDF funds, pay by check or money order payable to: AZ STATE FOP

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4TH ANNUAL POLICE PRAYER WATCH

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4th Annual 24hr Police Prayer Watch
Friday & Saturday, August 25-26 6:00PM – 6:00PM
PRAYER WILL BE LOCATED AT THE PHOENIX CITY HALL ATRIUM, 
200 W WASHINGTON ST PHOENIX, AZ 85003
PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE HISTORIC CITY HALL 
PARKING LOT AND THE NORTH SIDE OF JEFFERSON ST
FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT
http://WWW.COPEFC.ORG
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Show Low Police Officer Darrin Reed was shot and killed

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Lodge 2 offers a moment of silence and our prayers!

Show Low Police Officer Darrin Reed was shot and killed after responding to a suspicious person call.

Officer Reed and other officers responded to a suspicions person call at a motel but were unable to locate the subject. They were called back to the location after leaving the initial call. When Officer Reed and other officers arrived, they located the man who then fled on foot. During the ensuing pursuit, the man produced a handgun and fired, striking Officer Reed.

Officer Reed was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his wounds.

The subject fled the scene and was later located in the Pinetop-Lakeside area, where he was barricaded in a cabin with a teenage hostage. After several hours of negotiation, the subject was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire.

Officer Reed was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He had served with the Show Low Police Department for 10 years and had previously served with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. Officer Reed is survived by his wife and two children.

Fox News Coverage

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Your PR Guy Speaks Out for Police!

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The below article was published in the East Valley Tribune and was written by your PR Consultant David Leibowitz. Thank you, David! I wish more supporters would have the courage to speak up!

With every dead body, accusations fly. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are the most recent names. Before them, we heard about Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice. The outcry deafens, as it should, because this list of the dead is tragic. But the outcry also contains accusations of police racism, and that I reject out of hand.

Let me be direct: I don’t believe that this nation’s 765,000 sworn police officers are, as a group, racist. I don’t accept the theory that cops around our country are hunting down and killing black men for sport, or driven by some pathological, Klan-like mindset.

I will explain the underpinnings of this belief in a moment, but first let me be fully transparent: Professionally, I work as a public relations and political consultant, including for the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police. I consider the organization’s members more than clients – they are my friends, my heroes and very much like family.

How can I defend police officers after this horrific string of shootings? By submitting a comparison: Thus far in 2016, in five different incidents in different cities on different dates, black men have shot dead white police officers.

There was February 27th in Virginia, when 32-year-old Ronald Hamilton gunned down Officer Ashley Guindon in her first day working for the Prince William County police.

Next was March 18th in Greenville, South Carolina, where 17-year-old gang member Deontea Perry Mackey shot dead father of two and decorated military veteran Officer Allen Lee Jacobs.

Two weeks later in Richmond, James Brown II shot and killed 37-year-old Virginia State Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer. Then on June 22nd, Jefferson Parish Louisiana Detective David Michel Jr. died at the hands of 19-year-old Jerman Neveaux. Neveaux shot Michel in the back during a patdown, then put two more bullets in the detective at point blank range.

Finally came Dallas July 7th, Micah Johnson hunting officers with a semiautomatic rifle and handgun. Johnson left five cops dead and nine wounded. That brought the body count officers killed to 10 in not even five months’ time.

The point of such a comparison? It would be absurd to point to these murders and accuse all black Americans of racism against white officers. That accusation would be dismissed –rightfully – as damning the many for the actions of a few, mistaking the sickness of some for a defect present in one and all.

And yet isn’t that exactly what’s being done to hundreds of thousands of sworn police officers – men and women who risk their lives to defend us while facing microscopic scrutiny, with every move second- and third-guessed on cable TV and out in the street, amid protests that often appear as misdirected as they are teeming with passion?

Are there racists cops in America? Sadly, yes. This sick few should be rooted out and fired. I believe unjust police shootings should be prosecuted. I believe we need to have a sustained, difficult conversation about how best to engage suspects of all races. And I believe that nuanced, sober conversation should include consideration of why so many Americans so detest law enforcement.

Often, we hear it said it – correctly – only black Americans understand what it means to be black in America. A corollary truth: We also have no idea what it means to be a police officer on the job, living through a split second that can end careers and lives.

If only we thought to trade loud accusations for careful analysis. If only we thought to look within, to ourselves and our neighbors, before damning those who wear the badge.


David Leibowitz
mobile: 602.317.1414
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Phoenix Police Officer Killed

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Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser
End of Watch: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Age: 35
Tour: 12 years
Badge # 8144
Cause: Gunfire
Offender: Shot and killed

Police Officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.

The homeowner had called 911 to report that his son was stealing items from the home. As officers arrived on the scene they encountered the son sitting in a van in the driveway. The subject immediately opened fire on the officers, striking Officer Glasser. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.

Officer Glasser was taken to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition until succumbing to his wounds the following day.

Officer Glasser had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 12 years and was assigned to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Story From Fox 10 with message from Chief Yahner

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Buy “Mirandized Nation” Book at Lodge 2

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Mirandized Nation: The Inside Story of Ernesto Miranda and the Phoenix Police Department tells the story of the Phoenix PD investigation that ended in Ernest Miranda’s arrest, revealing how law enforcement operated before, during, and after the Miranda Ruling by the United States Supreme Court.

Purchase the book through Phoenix Lodge 2 for $12.95.

Contact Phoenix Lodge 2 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase copies of the book.
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Detective John Hobbs killed by fugitive

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End of Watch: Monday, March 3, 2014
Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 21 years
Badge Number: 5624
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison.

The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject.

Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Raetz and Firefighter Harper Fundraiser Video

Phoenix Police Officers, Phoenix Firefighters and FOP Lodge 2 hosted a fundraiser on June 28, 2013. The fundraiser raised almost $22,000, all of which was donated to the families of the fallen officers. We want to express our appreciation to the businesses and individuals who donated food and their time to this worthwhile event.
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Yarnell Hill Fire cost the ultimate sacrifice

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FOP Lodge 2 sends our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, fellow public servants and the community of the Firefighters that lost their lives trying to save an Arizona Community. Their ultimate sacrifice speaks to their commitment to their state and community. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all. Please let us honor those who paid the price by remembering them here:

Ashcraft, Andrew – Age: 29
Caldwell, Robert – Age: 23
Carter, Travis – Age: 31
Deford, Dustin – Age: 24
MacKenzie, Christopher – Age: 30
Marsh, Eric – Age: 43
McKee, Grant – Age: 21
Misner, Sean – Age: 26
Norris, Scott – Age: 28
Parker, Wade – Age: 22
Percin, John – Age: 24
Rose, Anthony – Age: 23
Steed, Jesse – Age: 36
Thurston, Joe – Age: 32
Turbyfill, Travis – Age: 27
Warneke, William – Age: 25
Whitted, Clayton – Age: 28
Woyjeck, Kevin – Age: 21
Zuppiger, Garret – Age: 27
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Thank you for your support!

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The Anytown Police Officers’ Association would like to express our gratitude for your overwhelming generosity during our “Red, White, Blue, and YOU” fundraising campaign. We truly live by our campaign slogan “One Nation, One Community, Many Voices, Under the Banner of Unity.” Together we do make our community a better and safe place to live and work.

We are honored to have your continued support, and we pledge to uphold our promises to give back to the community that we love.

Thank you to all of the donors who helped us reach our annual goal. Your generosity will make a difference that will benefit all our officers, fallen heroes and their families.

Sincerely,
Anytown Police Officers’ Association

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INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.

Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:

Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Do not use usernames or passwords that include your name, birthdate, important numbers, or where you live.
Keep your location safe. Never share where you live or where you are with anyone. It is important to keep the locations of others safe as well.
Do not share photos of you or your family members.
Do not use numbers that are personally identifiable such as your driver's license number, wedding date, VIN numbers, locker combination, social security number, or any other type of number that can help predators identify you.

These preventions can be applied to all aspects of web use for communicating online, socializing, sharing images, gaming, purchasing products, identity theft, fraud, and others.

For Kids:
Never give out personal information such as where you live, your name, and your phone number when in a chat room.
Never send a picture of yourself without a parent's permission.
Do not continue speaking with a person that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable. Tell a parent if this happens.
Without your parent's permission, don't meet someone or have them visit you.
Do not trust anyone, they could be lying to you.
To be safe, keep the computer in a room used often by family members.
Speak out when you are being bullied. Telling an adult is not a sign of weakness. Tell a trusted adult if you are being bullied.

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Crime Prevention

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Simple Crime Prevention:

Anyone can be a target of even the simplest of crimes. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your everyday life:

-Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Take time to observe what people are wearing and what they look like in case you have to describe it later to someone.

-Do not leave any items in your car that may be seen as valuable to someone else. Do not give thieves the opportunity. Put valuables in the trunk or cover them so they are not visible from the outside.

-Do not leave packages on your door step or allow mail to pile up at your door. It is a sign that you are not home or that you do not care for your mail.

-Leave a light on throughout the night inside or outside your house to tell burglars you're at home.

-When attacked, strike back by hitting a vulnerable spot or create a distraction to flee quickly.

-Do not fight back for your possessions if the thief is armed.

-Be cautious of strangers who want to use your phone.

-Check the floor and backseat of your car before getting in.

-Be defensive when driving. Park in well lit areas and gather all of your items before getting out.

-When using public transportation, wait in well lit areas, stand near other people, and use a schedule that reduces your wait time. But above all, be aware of strangers.

-While at home, do not answer the door for anyone that puts you in an uncomfortable situation.

-Keep doors and windows locked, install deadbolts on exterior doors, and have a lock on your bedroom door.

These simple things can keep you a lot safer and promote others to be safe as well.

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