Hero Down: Racine Police Officer John Hetland Murdered While Stopping Robbery

Racine Police Officer John Hetland was murdered in the line of duty on Monday night.

Racine, WI – Racine Police Officer John Hetland was murdered while intervening in an armed robbery on Monday night.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. at Teezer’s Tavern on Lathrop Avenue, The Journal Times reported.

The veteran officer was off-duty when he witnessed an armed attacker come into the bar with a bandanna tied around his face, WGN reported.

Officer Hetland sprang into action in an attempt to stop the suspect, but was fatally shot in the process.

Although Officer Hetland was off-duty when the fatal altercation occurred, the circumstances of his murder are considered to be a “line of duty death,” the RPD said, according to WGN.

The veteran officer “took immediate action to stop this felony in progress in order to protect life and property,” Racine Police Chief Arthel Howell said in a news release, according to the Journal Sentinel. “It is with profound sadness and grief that we announce the line of duty death.”

No arrests have been made, and police said they “are searching for the suspect,” WITI reported.

The Racine Police Department (RPD) instructed residents to remain indoors and to turn on the lights outside their homes.

“If you see anyone suspicious; do not confront them,” the department’s safety message read.

Police also asked citizens in the area to check their security camera systems to see if they captured footage of anyone fleeing the area or acting suspiciously.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Department, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the State of Wisconsin Crime Laboratory are handling the ongoing investigation, The Journal Times reported.

Officer Hetland served in a wide variety of positions during his 24-year career with the RPD, Chief Howell told the paper.

The trusted, highly-respected officer spent time working as a field training officer, and also served on the Greater Racine Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force.

Officer Hetland leaves behind two children, as well as his parents, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Racine Police Officer John Hetland, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer John Hetland, your life mattered

Sad Story-When the family tried to pay us, we said, ‘No way this one is on us.’

 

“Today a lady and her mother and husband came in to our Home Depot telling us that the insurance company may or may not pay for their little boy’s walker, so they went on the internet and found plans to make one out of PVC pipe. My store manager heard about this and we went over to them looked at their plans and said, ‘We got this.’ So, we started putting it together told the family to go and enjoy ice cream and come back in an hour.

Other associates started jumping in and when the family came back it was done. Everyone was crying to see Logan walk around with the biggest smile on his face.

When the family tried to pay us, we said, ‘No way this one is on us.’

Thanks to all that help and for being a blessing to this family and to this little guy.”

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Mom With Cancer Refused Abortion to Save Her Unborn Baby Girl’s Life, 10 Years Later They’re Doing Great

Almost 11 years ago, Sarah Wickline Hull received some of the worst possible news that a pregnant mother could hear: She had aggressive cancer, and both she and her unborn baby could die.

Wickline Hull said her doctors encouraged her to have an abortion, but she refused.

Today, she is cancer free and her daughter is a happy, healthy 10-year-old.

In a Facebook post in January, Wickline Hull shared her story as the debate about legalized late-term abortions erupted again in the United States.

“People are talking about the medical necessity of abortion to save the mother’s life. I was one of those mothers,” she wrote.

She struggled with infertility for years before becoming pregnant with her daughter. Then, at 20 weeks, Wickline Hull was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that was cutting off her airway.

“I will never forget when the first doctor, an oncologist, mentioned abortion,” she said.

Immediately, she rejected the idea of aborting her unborn daughter, saying, “I knew I would rather die and give birth.”

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A second doctor also urged her to consider abortion after listing a number of problems that her baby may have.

“I stood my ground and refused,” she remembered. “He said, ‘That is ok. The baby will probably spontaneously abort anyway.’”

Eventually, Wickline Hull said she found doctors who supported her decision to choose life for her baby. At 34 weeks of pregnancy, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

“I will be celebrating 10 years cancer free in May,” she said. “I have a healthy, beautiful, bright, precious 10 year old daughter who is a living reminder that doctors do not know everything.”

Wickline Hull’s courageous story is one of many. LifeNews has reported numerous stories about mothers who chose life for their unborn babies after being diagnosed with cancer. Most of the mothers survived the cancer, while a few sacrificed their lives for their babies.

New research provides growing hope for mothers in these difficult situations. In 2012, a collection of stories from The Lancet found pregnant women do not need to have an abortion to get treatment for cancer. Similarly, a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found chemotherapy may not impair unborn babies’ general development.

Cervical cancer charity warns the Jade Goody effect has long gone as screening rates hit 20-year low

Smear test rates have plummeted in the past 20 years and there is concern that the ‘Jade Goody effect’ has disappeared and lives could be lost, a cervical cancer charity has warned.

NHS Digital released statistics showing women going for cervical screenings in England is at its lowest point in two decades.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust warns that more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be lost to cervical cancer if this does not change, adding that the ‘Jade Goody effect has long gone’.

Cervical screening coverage has fallen from 72.7 per cent to 72 per cent in the last year across the UK – with more than 1.2 million women not taking up their invitation for smear tests.

It was back in 2008 when Big Brother star Jade Goody announced her cervical cancer diagnosis at the age of 27 and died just a year later in March 2009. She had never gone for her smear test appointments.

After Jade Goody died there was a jump in the number of smear tests carried out but that has sharply declined (Image: Daily Mirror)

Her bravery and openness in her fight against cervical cancer brought home to young women across the country the importance of regularly going for the checks.

Over 10 years later British women are still citing Jade’s tragic story as saving their life.

Hayley Prince, a focused care practitioner in the NHS, recently opened up about the effect Jade’s death from cervical cancer had on her.

Speaking to the Metro in a first person piece in March 2019, she said: “When I was younger, I always went for my smear tests when I was invited. It’s one of those things you can easily put off but it wasn’t the test itself that was the issue for me.

“I was a single, working mum of three at the time and I often could not get an evening appointment so, as life got busier, making the appointment to go for a smear test ended up being something I completely forgot about.

“I had been having some pain in my lower back but thought it was nothing to worry about.”

“However, when she passed away, it really made me sit up and take notice that I had been putting off going to my appointment. It made me go and book that appointment there and then, along with about 400,000 other women who were inspired to do the same.

“If not for Jade, I would not have been reminded to book in. I don’t know how long I would have left it. I certainly was not expecting this smear test to save my life.”

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust warned that “the Jade Goody effect had long gone” and said more mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be lost to cervical cancer if this does not change (Image: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust)

Following her smear, doctors found Jo had stage 2 cervical cancer at just 32.

Jo said: “The cancer had also spread to my lymph nodes in my groin, so I also had chemotherapy and radiotherapy which were incredibly difficult. I got the all clear in 2015 after five years of check-ups. I have been left with lymphedema in my lower body as well as bowel problems that may never go away.

“Yes, I am grateful to be alive, but it affects me every single day and I am constantly reminded of what I have had to deal with.

“After what I have been through, I can’t say how thankful I am that Jade’s story was so well-publicised.”

Despite the publicity Jade’s death brought, screening rates are still the lowest they have been for 20 years, having fallen across every age and almost all local authorities in England.

In Cambridgeshire, cervical screening coverage has decreased to 71.6 per cent from 72.2 per cent. Among those aged 25 to 49, this falls to 68.6 per cent.

Keeley Skipp from Haverhill who works at Stepping Stones Preschool has recently won an award for overcoming adversity at the ONE Haverhill awards, Keeley is pictured with Harvey and Harper both 4
Keeley Skipp from Haverhill battled cervical cancer aged just 24 and has previously spoken about the importance of going to cervical cancer screenings (Image: Keith Jones)

Women have the right to choose not to attend, however the cervical screening programme is estimated to save more than 4,000 lives each year.

Women aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years on the NHS and women aged 50 to 64 are offered screening every five years.

This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination, as the vaccine doesn’t guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.

For the majority of women, the test results show that everything is fine, but for around one in 20 women, it shows changes in cells which if undetected and untreated, can lead to cancer.

These changes are fully treatable and regular screening therefore protects women again cervical cancer.

‘The Jade Goody effect has long gone’

Memories of Big Brother star Jade Goody’s high-profile battle with cervical cancer may also be fading, according to one leading charity (Image: James Vellacott)

Robert Music, chief executive at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust said: “I am extremely disappointed to see these statistics, however sadly I am not surprised. The Jade Goody effect has long gone.

“We have spoken out time and time again about the need for investment and action to improve cervical screening attendance, however this is simply not happening.

“The Cancer Strategy for England emphasises prevention so it is incredibly frustrating to see lack of activity to increase participation in a programme that can prevent diagnoses of cervical cancer.”

The charity states that a lack of funding is hindering the progress of changes which will increase accessibility for women – including the ability to attend screening at GPs other than the one they are registered with, such as close to work, at more sexual health services and to be able to self-sample.

In a report released in January 2017 , Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found almost half (44 per cent) of local authorities and almost two thirds (60 per cent) of CCGs had not undertaken any activities to increase screening attendance in the last two years – with many stating it is not their responsibility.

The cervical screening programme is estimated to save more than 4,000 lives each year

Robert added: “We should be proud of our cervical screening programme; it saves thousands of lives every year and further developments, such as the introduction of HPV primary screening, are only going to make it better.

“However with increasing numbers not attending their screenings fewer will benefit from these improvements. As a charity we are working our hardest, but we can’t do it alone.

“There are some examples of amazing work happening across the country to improve uptake and we need to see this amplified, locally and nationally or lives will be lost.

“We are leading busier, more mobile lives and therefore these statistics must surely serve as a call to action to make the screening programme more accessible.

“Again, this is something we have been saying for years.”

Research reveals: What happens to your body if you eat two eggs a day

Regardless of your opinion on eggs, let’s face it, you probably have a pack in your fridge.

For me, eating eggs each morning is a good way to start the day. Not only because they taste rather good, but also because I’ve that they come with a number of benefits besides. Yet even I – egg advocate that I most definitely am – didn’t fully appreciate how useful they can be.

What do eggs contain

Plenty, as it happens. Eggs contain vitamins A, D and E, as well as B12, riboflavin and folate. On top of that, you’ll find minerals such as iodine, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium. I know, right, lots!

Eggs and cholesterol

You might have heard that eggs are bad for you because they contain cholesterol?

Wrong. There’s certainly cholesterol in eggs, but it’s not the horribly bad for you, get into the blood type cholesterol. You shouldn’t be worrying about cholesterol in eggs, or so says dietary expert Jennie Nyenvik of Swedish site Aftonbladet.

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1. Lose weight with eggs

Studies show that a protein rich breakfast can actually help you with weight loss.

According to research, a low-calorie diet, combined with a regular dose of eggs for breakfast, can help you lose weight twice as fast.

Also, keep in mind that eggs can help make you feel full for longer, meaning that they’re useful towards lowering your calorie intake overall.

2. Eggs strengthen your immune system

Given that most people are just emerging from the winter months – you may have been sneezing and coughing for the past few weeks – right about now is the perfect time to say that eggs can bolster your immune system.

Studies have shown that just two eggs a day can help protect from infections, viruses and general illness.
. Better memory

Have you ever heard of the amino acid choline? It affects the nerve signals that help us to remember the little things day to day – take, for example, where you left your keys or wallet.

According to research, additional supplements of choline can improve memory and responsiveness.

4. A wonder for your eyes

Lutein helps your eyes to maintain clear and sharp vision. New research has shown that chicken eggs are rich in lutein, and so beneficial for your peepers.

Luten is produced naturally by your eyes, and protects the retina from being damaged.

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5. Counteracting depression

Vitamin D can be difficult to obtain in winter, what with the sun doing its best to hide. However, eggs can actually help you get it. Vitamin D is, of course, enormously helpful towards the PH balance of our teeth and the strength of our bones in general.

Vitamin D can also be of assistance in counteracting depression!

6. Strengthening the skeleton

When you eat eggs you get calcium, which is important for strengthening your skeleton and preventing osteoporosis.

7. Good for the blood

Eggs contain plenty of folate, which is a type of vitamin B necessary for the formation of new red blood cells.

People lacking in folate can be at risk of anaemia. Folate is also important when it comes to foetuses developing properly in the womb. Good to know for those soon-to-be mothers out there.

As previously stated, eggs contain amino acids that help to build and regenerate cells. This can aid anti-ageing when it comes to your appearance.

As we get older, our need for vitamin D is doubled. The recommendation for people over the age of 60 is 10 micrograms. One egg can yield approximately 0.7 micrograms.

9. Reduced heart risk

Researchers from Canada have discovered a clear connection between egg-dense foods and a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers, writes Feel Good.

The secret to this? Eggs have two important antioxidants in them: tryptophan and tyrosine.

People with bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels are at greater risk of heart problems. Apparently, eggs can actually boost LDL numbers and therefore lower the risk of heart-related issues.

10. Building muscle

Many people looking to add muscle mass choose to consume plenty of eggs – they do it for a reason.

Eggs are packed full of protein, which is, of course, crucial for those looking to bulk up their frame.

11. Protects the skin, hair and nails

Amongst their abundance of other properties, eggs also contain plenty of B vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. These help you to keep healthy skin, hair and nails.

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I’m sure you already knew eggs were good for you, but perhaps now you’ll look at eggs in a new light.

Please hit the share button below, so that more people can learn about the health benefits eating eggs bring. With Easter just around the corner, what better time to start your new egg routine?