The courageous warrior

"Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior" — Karl Von Clausewitz

In most of our police agencies we all have the veteran cop that refuses to sit back and get fat on donuts and complain about the latest issues in the department. He’s the guy with the hair that’s turning gray but is in better physical shape then the three-year wonder sitting next to him in roll call. He’s the guy making traffic stops on a carload of thugs in the early morning hours as many cops are nestled in for the final two hours of the shift reading the morning paper.

His friends, his peers and his supervisors knew Larry Nehasil as that guy. His request for a second tour chasing dirt bags in the intelligence bureau didn’t surprise anybody at Livonia PD. Many veteran cops across this country become burned out and simply coast their final couple of years, dreaming of that pension and the life it brings. Larry was a Warrior, always proud and eager. The passing years didn’t tarnish his thoughts on fighting crime.

Larry always wore a big smile and never seemed to have a bad day. When the crap hit the fan you knew Larry was fighting to get there first. He would spend his time digging for that felony arrest while the young bucks would look for traffic arrests.

We all know Larry — we all have that guy in our departments. Today we all mourn as a friend of Larry’s. Today we will pray for his wife and kids and tomorrow we will carry on Larry’s legacy and the Warrior Spirit.

“Let us form one body, one heart, and defend to the last warrior our country, our homes, our liberty, and the graves of our fathers” — Tecumseh.

Stay safe,
Sgt. Glenn French

About the author

Glenn French, a retired Sergeant with the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Police Department, has 24 years police experience and served as the Team Commander for the Special Response Team, and supervisor of the Sterling Heights Police Department Training Bureau. He has 16 years SWAT experience and also served as a Sniper Team Leader, REACT Team Leader, and Explosive Breacher.

He is the author of the award-winning book Police Tactical Life Saver, which has been named the 2012 Public Safety Writers Association Technical Manual of the year. Glenn is also the owner of Rubicon Tactical Strategies and can be reached at

Glenn has instructed basic and advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses, basic and advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper Operations and Active Shooter Response courses, Terrorist Response course, Tactical Lifesaver Course and others. Sgt. French also served in the U.S. Army. During his military tenure Sgt. French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B., infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations.

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