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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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’
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.
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.”
o’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s only dedicated charity offering support and information to women of all ages and their loved ones affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormaliies.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Christmas time is the best season of the whole year. All year long we wait for occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year to celebrate these holidays with our families. Everywhere around the world, there is a general air of festivity and joy. Families come together, go for vacations, and spend more time bonding with each other. Holidays like Christmas are even more special with preparations starting right from the end of November up to the day of Christmas.
We all love pulling out Christmas trees, setting it up in our living rooms, and decorating it from top to bottom with all sorts of Christmas tree decorations. We put out the nativity scene with baby Jesus in it. It is truly a happy time and a buzz of excitement is present almost everywhere. It is quite exciting to visit shops and restaurants at this time of the year just to see the marvelous way in which these stores decorate their outlets. Often you can see gigantic Christmas trees and very interestingly displayed nativity scenes. A nativity scene that was painted on the windows of a McDonald’s has gone viral because of the very same reason.
In Tennessee, a McDonald’s outlet in Spring Hill has decided to embrace the true spirit of Christmas by having the nativity scene painted on their windows. It has been done extremely beautiful and has Mary and Joseph looking fondly over at baby Jesus. In addition, there are phrases like “rejoice” and “His name is Jesus” written right next to it.
The painting was captured by one of the visitors to the burger joint and posted on Facebook, after which it went viral. When asked about the painted windows, the restaurant owners Tony and Gina Wolfe have said that over the years, a number of similar scenes have been painted on their windows and that this, in fact, was a tradition that was started nearly 40 years ago by one of their relatives.
Painting their windows for Christmas has become a special Christmas tradition for this family though they never imagined that it could go viral. They are in fact quite surprised at the attention received by the painting and they are of course, very happy about it.
The photo, which was posted by resident Amy Basel, has been shared over 70,000 times. She had noticed the painting as she was driving past the restaurant. She felt she had to stop and click a picture of the beautiful painting displayed on the windows of the restaurant. She felt that displaying the painting was not just about Christmas, but it also displayed a sense of being bold and believing in what you love and displaying it with pride. She described that this was the major reason that spurred her to click the picture and share it on social media.
She posted the picture and captioned it as having made her day.
Indeed in this day and age, what the couple did does convey something. Being bold and expressing what you believe in has become something that you do not get to see very often, especially during times like this.
The fact that the couples took to continuing a tradition that is almost 40 years old tells us something. That they are not people who shy away from the simple things that have always run in their family. Keeping such a tradition alive was their choice and not something they were forced to do. They simply did it without any compulsion because they respected the tradition that was introduced by their forefathers. They chose to preserve the tradition and share it with the outside world. They realized that choosing to preserve such traditions would bring them closer together as a family and would also help them to derive a sense of comfort from such actions. It would remind them of the good times they shared together as a family. In addition, embracing traditions are a good way to reinforce faith and personal values. It is a chance to reflect on what our family and our elders have done for us, for the hard work they did so that we, their children could succeed in our lives.
They took the time and effort to perfect that painting and they did not do it for the attention that they could receive. The work was done wholeheartedly and with sincerity. How many of us are really committed to the work we do? Often, we prefer to work in a haphazard manner with misshapen results. We do not care for virtues such as integrity, loyalty, and faithfulness. We try to get most things done without really wanting to put an effort into getting it done. As a result, we produce poor and unsatisfactory work. It is important to be committed to any work we do. It is important to put in our best efforts so that we get the best results. This can make us happy and inspire us to work harder despite what we think.
We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to be committed and loyal to the responsibilities that are bestowed upon us. By doing so, we not only fulfill our responsibilities but also do our part for the society and the people around us. It makes us better people.
As the New Year approaches, it is time to take new resolutions and make new promises. This year, make a firm resolution to give your 100% to any work that you do. In today’s world, commitment and loyalty are melting away real fast and it is up to us to bring a bit of it back.
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Many look forward to retirement, a time when you don’t have to work and can fulfill little dreams — traveling, spending more time with the grandchildren, or perhaps taking care of the garden that never got the love it deserved.
Due to health reasons, some seniors require a bit of assistance and are therefore moved into retirement homes. But others, despite how difficult the challenge, prefer to stay in their home and do the best they can to take care of themselves.
And I understand this fully — it’s so difficult to leave a home behind you may have lived in nearly your whole life.
Unfortunately, there are some who like to use older people to gain access to whatever savings they may have. Such predators understand that senior citizens can be easy targets, and every now and then, we hear a terrible story about a senior who’s been tricked into giving away everything they own.
One senior lady who absolutely did not want to leave her home behind is a 93-year-old woman from Alabama, USA.
Despite her old age, she had good amounts of energy and managed completely on her own. But what she didn’t know was that two men who lived nearby had been watching her every move for a while.
One day as the woman went out to mow her lawn, the men saw their chance and approached her.
Rodney Smith Jr. and his best friend Terrence Stroy had a plan. They didn’t think any 93-year-old should have to struggle with something as physically exhausting as cutting grass — so they wanted to offer to do it for her instead.
They later explained their intentions on Facebook:
“We did this sweet lady’s lawn today. She is 93, the neighbors told us that she been out there trying to cut her own lawn 😳. Have no fear, raising men lawn care is going to make sure her lawn is done every two weeks! Making a difference in our community!” Terrence wrote.
While the senior prefers to remain unnamed, she is incredibly grateful for the young mens’ help.
The gentlemen, both of them students at a university nearby, know how important education is.
But despite their dedication for school, they managed to find time to launch an organization, Raising Men Lawn Care Service, that helps the elderly and other vulnerable members of their community mow their lawns — for completely free.
“It came to me, I should do something about it. That’s when I decided to cut free lawns for elderly, disabled and single parent mothers for free,” Rodney said.
But the goal, says Rodney, is not just to cut grass for free. He hopes it will teach young boys and girls become productive young adults who learn to take responsibility.
Rodney and Terrence are such wonderful young men who gave so much back to the community they live in. Not only are they helping others to cut their grass, they have a bigger vision: that more people will be able to help and pick things up where he started.
Learn more about Rodney and his project below:
There are people like Rodney and Terrence who make a real difference in the world.
Share to pay tribute to these exceptional young men and everyone else who’s assisting to help the elderly in their communities!
Teachers are, very often, quite influential in our growth. Too many people forget that. Just for some evidence – ask yourself what your first grade teacher’s name was. I’m confident that 99% of us will remember.
In the news of late, as we all know, the names of lots of CEOs have scrolled by. There are certainly many good and responsible CEOs, but there are many that are bad. And while the media of late has joined in the national “ha rumpf” about CEO bonuses and salaries, that same media has also built them up as role models.
Here’s another idea… and some inspiration… after the fold.
The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.
He argued, “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”
He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”
To emphasize his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?” Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You want to know what I make?” She paused for a second, then began.
“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.”
“I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can”t make them sit for five minutes without an iPod, Game Cube or movie rental.” She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table, and continued, “You want to know what I make?”
“I make kids wonder.”
“I make them question.”
“I make them apologize and mean it.”
“I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.”
“I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn’t everything.”
“I make them read, read, read.”
“I make them show all their work in math. They use their God-given brain, not the man-made calculator.”
“I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.”
“I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.”
“I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, one nation under God, because we live in the United States of America.”
“I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.”
Pausing one last time, Bonnie continued, “Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn’t everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?”
“I make a difference.”
“What do you make, Mr. CEO?”
His jaw dropped, and he was silent. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they no the value of things, not the price. Please help me share this story on Facebook if you agree.