LWTS honorable mentions: The 9/11 edition

Carole Capparelli-Klein, wife of ESU Officer Glen Klein featured in the September 2011 Living with the Sacrifice column. Carole, a nurse practitioner, donated her kidney to NYPD ESU Officer Joe Wittleder. PoliceOne thanks her, and those like her, for sacrificing an organ to save another life.

The organization called 9/11 Responders Remembered has created a park and memorial wall to recognize and honor first responders, those in uniform and civilian, who have succumbed to illnesses after exposure to 9/11 debris. Many of these officers are not eligible for honorarium on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in D.C. 911 Responders Remembered has made sure that their sacrifice will not be forgotten. View their website at: www.respondersremembered.com.

The Feal Good Foundation is making sure no one fighting with 9/11-related illnesses is forgotten and for their relentless efforts in securing benefits for ill first responders and legislation like the Zadroga bill. Read more about the foundation in the recent PoliceOne column by Glenn French.

Honorable Mentions serves as a way for the Living with the Sacrifice column to relate the inspirational stories I receive through your emails and recognize those who are supporting injured and disabled officers. Email me your stories or nominations for an Honorable Mention in the Living with the Sacrifice column.

Qualifications for an honorable mention include:

1.) Any activity by an officer, department, agency, citizen, or family member that assists injured and disabled officers and/or their families.
2.) An injured (currently or previously) or disabled officer who continues to protect and serve the community or their fellow injured and disabled officers.

About the author

Barbara A. Schwartz is certified as a first responder peer supporter by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and the Law Enforcement Alliance for Pear Support (LEAPS).
She is a former reserve officer serving in patrol and investigations. She has been a contributing feature writer for American Police Beat for sixteen years. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in Command, The Tactical Edge, Crisis Negotiator Journal, The Badge & Gun, The Harris County Star, The Blues, The Shield, and The Police News.

She maintains memberships in the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA), Texas Tactical Police Officers Association (TTPOA), and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). 

Retired after 30 years with NASA in Houston, Schwartz worked in Mission Control and Astronaut Training. Schwartz earned a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University with electives in Criminal Justice and Criminology. She helped fund her education by working for the campus police department.

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