Safety checks made safer
In Fred Thornton’s memory, stop and visualize yourself doing every safety check correctly as you become totally mentally engaged in the process
Sergeant Eric Peterson of the CMPD said that Fred Thornton was a long time police trainer and, “If there is a lesson to be learned here, Fred would want it to get out.”
Since the investigation is continuing, the department has yet to release how the Def-Tec #25 non-reloading Model 7001 was detonated. That will be eventually forthcoming when a determination is made. Meanwhile, the loss of this Officer Fred Thornton reminds every officer that there are tasks that Law Enforcement officers do which are so regular that they may become a monotonous routine. They are meant to make us safe, but if done with one momentary lapse in concentration, they can — and too often do — end tragically.
Lesson from Fred’s Passing
That’s just to name a few — feel free to add more in comments if you think of any.
In Fred Thornton’s memory, stop before you start these checks. Take the time to visualize yourself doing the check correctly as you become totally mentally engaged in the process. Then begin.
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