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RPOC NEWS – May/June 2022

~HAPPY Belated Mother's Day~

By: John Fraley, President, RPOC


              It’s official! On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, Dennis Bambach retired as the President of our organization. Dennis served our group in a professional manner as a friend to all as well as being a great leader. In a touching moment Dennis retired from his position and in accordance with our by-laws, I took the position as President. Maggie Bambach removed the Presidential name tag from Dennis’ shirt and turned to me to place the name tag on my shirt. This gesture made it official to the approval of those in attendance. I appointed Jerry Rudoff as Vice President and Tim Hoffman as Sergeant at Arms.

              The attendance at this year’s reunion was far greater than I expected. It was obvious that this was the best event since before the pandemic. We were ready to party, and it showed. The Golf Tournament went very well, the lunch cruise was exceptional thanks to Reba Miller. The hotel lobby is in the process of being renovated but hotel staff were exceptional, and there was little or no inconvenience to our attendees, other than the noise and the fact that the hotel restaurant was closed.

              It takes an enormous amount of work to put the reunion together. The RPOC Board, Past President Dennis Bambach, me as the previous Vice president, Treasurer Ed Spisak, Secretary Barry Savage, and Jerry Rudoff Sergeant at Arms worked well together and are looking forward to the reunions in May of 2023, and 2024 and beyond. These people have worked hard over the past decade or so and are to be commended for the effort and dedication.

              I am the golf coordinator for the reunion and will remain in that position until we a can get a volunteer to take over. The event was a successful and we had twenty-four golfers, and everyone won some prize money. Chris Bimonte was the first-place winner. Jim Montgomery and Jon Propst won closest to the pin.

Special thanks to the following individuals:

              Kathy Rivers for her dedication and talent. Kathy made all our name tags. I know that it took many hours to prepare the material, put them together and distribute them at our check-in table. Many in attendance noted that the name tags were extremely helpful in putting names to faces.

Jon Propst for his assistance in putting the golf event together and helping in setting up the hospitality room and taking it down Saturday evening.

David Alvarez for his photographic talent and skills. Not only did he take pictures at the event and the golf tournament, but he also prepared a video collage of members that have passed on. It was a moving tribute to those who came before us. David also distributed DVDs of past reunions. David put many hours into his work and is to be commended.

Patty Savage worked tirelessly, along with Barry, in setting up our shirt sales and the other items on display. Patty managed our sales inventory, kept great books and facilitated our 50-50 raffle drawings. Barry was also instrumental in locating a new vendor of our shirts. The new shirts are very nice and were a hit with the membership.

Finally, Maggie Bambach and Penny Spisak worked extremely hard while serving as our bartenders. They were professional in the management of the bar and raised over $750 which was added to the Otis Chambers Scholarship and the RPOC Love Fund. These ladies are special, they are dedicated to our cause and were a major part of the success of this reunion.

              Ed Spisak, Treasurer: Hi! All I can say is WOW! The reunion was such a great success! It was so good to see all our “old” friends and meet new ones. It was all talk and catch up. In speaking to several new members, they either said “I had so much fun talking to everyone” or “I wasn’t told about the RPOC when I retired,” or comments to that effect. Now that they know about the RPOC, several said “next year I will be back, bringing more friends.” So, members, its Looking very good for next year.

Now to the financial side of the reunion, our members were so generous in donating money to be divided between the Love Fund Members Assistance and the Otis Chambers Scholarship fund. Most of the golfers gave all their winning ($515.00). When the members were getting drinks from our Bartenders, Maggie Bambach and Penny Spisak, they filled up the tip jar several times to the tune of $750. Highly generous were the winners of the 50/50 raffles, who donated approximately half of the total collected of $1,423 for the benefit of MA and OCSF.

We now must remind members that 156 persons have not yet paid their dues for this year. Those members shall have received second notices by the time this HEAT issue is out and will have until the end of May to pay their dues. If not, regrettably, they will be removed from the roster, ending your receipt of RPOC communications, events, RPOC Facebook page and further issues of the HEAT.

Note from Penny: When the doors of the Hospitality Room opened on Thursday and through to breakfast on Sunday, words cannot express how happy Maggie and I were to see the familiar smiling faces and exchange greetings with friends for the first time since the last reunion. Thanks to everyone who made our jobs easier, and to those who offered help. The Board did a fantastic job of buying all the refreshments and setting up our Hospitality Room. Can’t wait for next year to do it again!


            Jerry Rudoff, Vice President; Transformational Information Officer:

             The RPOC reunion and other events are open to both retired and active

law enforcement and corrections officers.

You do not have to be an RPOC member to attend the reunion if you are an ACTIVE law enforcement or corrections officer!

              So, with the reunion over [by the way it was fantastic and look for pictures to be posted on our private Facebook page and on our website] and with our new president in place [congratulations John Fraley] where do we go from here? For those of you who have taken advantage and participate in our social media such as our private members only Facebook group and our very user-friendly website where you can always obtain up to date information or have your questions answered know we’re just a click away. And speaking of the reunion, our new president John was engaging everyone regarding their thoughts and the point was made over and over that one does not have to be retired to attend RPOC events and the reunion. It is an opportunity to see old friends and reunite with them as well as make new friends. But the looming question has been, for a while now, how active are you in assisting your RPOC’s ability to grow and sustain itself for future generations of retirees to follow? As we are all aware, we have not had a monthly luncheon or Christmas party now for a couple of years and with our new Sgt. at Arms on board, we know that will change soon [congratulations to Tim Hoffman who has assumed that position]. Who has some new and fun ideas on a venue and is willing to give an hour or so a week to assist?

              Do you have pictures of when you were in the academy or working on the streets of Miami Dade County whether we were called the Grove Patrol, PSD, Metro-Dade, or Miami-Dade? Would you like to see these pictures along with your colleagues and a write-up indicating who, what, where and when on our social media? If so send us what you have and be featured for all to see. Are you a former bookkeeper or accountant and would like to keep your skills sharp and at the same time volunteer a couple of hours a week via your computer or conference call, then let our treasurer Ed Spisak know as your involvement would be welcome. And what about you techies out there, would you be interested in assisting to moderate our social media or work with our webmaster to ensure we maintain the latest technology and that our information and data are always current and up to date? What we’re saying here is that if there is a job or task, you’d be interested in doing, let us know and we’ll ensure your interests are made a reality.


              Reba Miller, Chaplain: " Laughter is like music...Friends are one of the exquisite joys of life... Coming together to celebrate the life well lived is a privilege...Honoring the passing of that life is a true gift of giving" Anonymous


We would like to honor and recognize our beloved warriors, for their service, love and commitment to their profession and their brothers and sisters in law enforcement. We send our love and condolences to their police families and friends:


* Sgt. Robert " Bob" W. Hoelscher.. April 2022

* Sgt. Joseph " Joe" Ruffo.. April 2022

* Sgt. Robert " Bob" York .. March 2022

* DO Tech Marjorie " Marge" Evelyn Tulp ..April 2022


Special wishes for healing and complete restoration of health to our following members - Ed Brown, Cookie Coleman, Stan Cochran, Andy Dixon , Linda Sims- Meyer, Jim McClain, Tim Pieper, Penny Spisak and Bill Van Riper.


Wishing each and every one of our members special "Thank You's" for coming together and celebrating the 31st Annual Reunion of the Retired Police Officers Council. Your support, enthusiasm and excitement truly made this an amazing event. I am honored to work with such a wonderful and dedicated group of individuals and your Board and their spouses who worked so hard to bring this event together. Thanks also to Kathy Rivers and John Propst for their time, skills and dedication year after year.


Outstanding "Thank You's" to all the golfers who participated in Friday's Golf matches, won cash prizes , and promptly donated them back to the Love Fund and the Scholarship Fund.


Complements to all the wonderful sailors aboard the " Barbara Lee" Paddle Wheeler out of the Sanford Harbor. We wish a Special recognition for Patricia Hernandez Bimonte for her fine job of assisting the Captain in piloting our ship along the St. John's River.


And lastly, a heartfelt thanks to our official photographer and retired Off. David Alvarez and his lovely wife Donna for compiling the Special Tribute CD of our friends and family who passed away during the chaos and pain and isolation of the past two-year period.


              Dennis Bambach, Past President: I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the opportunity to represent the RPOC membership as President for the past 10 years. It has been a very memorable part of my life having the opportunity to meet so many new friends and stay in touch with old friends. Thanks to all of you for the support and kindness you have shown me. I will continue to be part of the RPOC in my new role. Looking forward to seeing all of you next year at the reunion if not before.


             New Members: Roslyn Buckner, MDPD; Ariel Rodriguez, MDPD; James Murray, MDPD; Eduardo Garcia, MDPD; Donna Colon, MDPD; Randall Houk, MDPD; Lawrence Stevens, MDPD: Mildred Hasmo, MDPD; Calvin (Pete)Andreu, MDPD

              Reinstated Members: Vandall Anderson, MD Corr, Fred Fabian, MDPD




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Roy T. Bennett

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Help us find them..

After our annual mail out this year, seventeen Members’ packages were returned by the post office as “not deliverable”. We’ve attempted to contact by phone and/or email those Members, but no response or forwarding information was available. We will be listing those names in our next RPOC monthly newsletter in an effort to reach them. Please review the list when it comes out and let us know if you have any current information on those Members. If you do, please contact RPOC at 305-594-2848 or email the information to rpocpba@bellsouth.net

        Thomas Gross,          

        Darryl Hall              

        Loretta Davis           

        Betty J. Rhodes         

        Ramon Del Valle        

        Curtis Johnson          

        Anthony Gentile Jr

        Kenneth Vallario        

        Racheal Rutledge       

        Herbert Williams         

        Susie Stack             

        Reinaldo Valdes         

        William Fisher          

        Joe Nelson             

        John E. Musser          


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Occasionally, we received requests regarding employment for retired police officers. When we do, we try very hard to vet these requests as best we can. If you find something of interest to you, we strong suggest that you check them out to your own satisfaction.

1. Part time positions

2. Shifts: 6am to 1pm and 1pm to 7pm

3. Pay: $25 per hour

4. Duties: Patrol in marked company truck on interstate highways

5. Drive to a location convenient to your location in your POV to pick up a company vehicle

6. If full time position opens, it is offered to senior employees first

The Severe Incident Response Vehicle (SIRV) Team was created to manage and mitigate major

lane blocking events on the Interstate Highways in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The Team

is comprised of retired / former Police and Fire Rescue Professionals, and we respond with FHP

and Fire Rescue to crashes and other events that negatively impact traffic. We function as the

FDOT Incident Commander on the scene, supervise and assist the Road Rangers, provide

updates to the Transportation Management Center (TMC), and direct additional resources as

needed. We establish a safe work zone for all responders and others on the scene, while

facilitating the re-direction of motorists around the site. When it is safe to do so, we coordinate

the removal of vehicles and debris from the lanes and restore the normal flow of traffic to all lanes.

We are currently looking for retired / former Police Officers and Fire Fighters who are still

interested in making a difference. The requirements are:

~ Must have Police or Fire Rescue experience ~

~ Must live in Broward or Palm Beach County ~

~ Must have a current Florida Driver’s License ~

~ Must be able to lift & carry 50 lbs. ~

Starting salary is $25.00/hour with annual increases and bonuses. AutoBase, Inc. offers benefits

such as a 401k, Health Insurance, and paid time off.

If interested in learning more, please contact


Tom Mangan at:                                         Ignacio Vila at:

(954) 847-1992 Office                               (954) 529-0538 Office

(305) 606-7716 Cell                                   (954) 632-4551 Cell

tom@autobasecorp.com                          igiv@autobasecorp.com

thomas.mangan@dot.state.fl.us             ignacio.vila@dot.state.fl.us


****Would you like to be paid $50 per hour for driving someone around Miami****

Position: Security Driver (Armed)

Date: Coverage will be ongoing commencing November 2021

Day/Time of Coverage: Daily from 6pm-2am (8) Hours per day

Duties: Agent will be tasked with driving the client upon his request, vehicle will be provided

Compensation: $50/hr

Agent Requirement(s):

  • Active or Retired Law Enforcement
  • Must possess all necessary credentials and applicable licenses
  • Strong knowledge of the geographical area
  • Good communication skills
  • Non Disclosure Agreement as well as Non Compete Clause conditional to employment

Based on the demand of (56) hours per week, we are looking for at least (2) Agents, possibly (3). We anticipate a fair amount of downtime at the residence as well as cancellations from time to time. Agent will be compensated with a minimum of hours when cancellations exceed the agreed upon window.

Your thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated and please don’t hesitate if more information is needed.



For more information, contact:

Robert J. Schumacher

President |  TAK Protective Group

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Sent our way by John Butchko:

MSA Security, a nationwide security company, has proposed an offer to any retired officer for a security job in Miami. The details: One of their major clients is opening a site on Brickell Avenue, in Miami. MSA has their contract and wants to hire retired officers from the Miami area to guard the outside of the building. They will pay $35.00 per hour. The position is armed and prior LE background is preferred but you MUST have a B & a G State of Florida carry license that is mandatory. This is a non uniform position and dress is appropriate to the weather and environment. Company benefits available after you've been with them three months. It is a fulltime permanent but will become a 24/7 position in September. MSA is a large company all over the world and they are involved in many large contracts like the Port of NY, etc. if interested contact Director MICHAEL MULLADY, Director Protective Services at phone: office- 212-509-1336 Ext: 223, or his cell number 917-834-9044. Email: mmullady@msasecurity.net. Mr. Mullady stands ready to answer all of your question.


Jerry, great catching up with you the other night. Below is specific info:                       

Outdoor Network owned by a retired Miami Dade County police officer is looking for a part time Sprinter Limo driver to take occasional trips to Tampa and Albany Georgia transporting company employees. The pay is $25 per hour. Since this is part time the driver can pick the trips that best meet his/her schedule. 

If interested please text Tom D’Azevedo: 954-295-7305

Tom D’Azevedo, C.O.B.

Outdoor Network LLC


We have personally contacted Dave Edmonds and he assures us that there are no hidden agenda's other than finding LEO's wishing to write articles and/or just improve their writing style. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mr. Edmonds.

Name: Dave Edmonds

Email: apb.dave@360armor.org

Phone: 707-490-9010

Subject: American Police Beat magazine, interested in our officers writing for us

Message: Hello, I’m a retired LEO and manager/editor for American Police Beat magazine. We’re looking for new LEO writers and I’m hoping you can put the below or something similar in your next newsletter to your members. My phone number is 707-490-9010 if you’d like to discuss.


Dave Edmonds

“‘Have you ever thought about publishing a law enforcement article? Here’s your chance. My name is Dave Edmonds and I’m a retired 34-year Deputy Sheriff from Sonoma County, California. I work for American Police Beat magazine, and we're looking for a cadre of new LEO writers.

I know that many LEOs have interesting and useful insights to share but don't know how to get started. When I first started writing for law enforcement magazines back in 2010, I know I wasted a lot of time and was pretty lost. So if you’ve ever thought about trying to publish an article this is a great opportunity. Also, if you’re a subject-matter expert who might want some help writing the article(s), one of our professional writers can be assigned to you. Please contact me at apb.dave@360armor.org.


Thank you for your reply. I have answered your anticipated questions below. I am available anytime if you or anyone else has additional questions. Justin Brighty, Security Detection, Central Division

Please see the following:

  • Our Security Detection Central Division headquarters is at 6626 Monroe Street, Sylvania OH. I am the point of contact, my cell phone number is 419-351-7074. Security Detection is broken up into East, Central, and West territories. I am one of the owners in the Central division.
  • Our website is www.securitydetection.com We are working directly with Garrett Metal Detectors and their website is www.garrett.com Product details on the Garrett website can be found under the security and thermal pages.  
  • This sales position is for selling Garrett walk through metal detectors that range in price from $2750.00 to $3495.00 along with the SmartScan thermal solution upgrade which sells for a price range of $7995.00 to $8995.00. Garrett also has a wide range of accessories.
  • This is an independent sales contractor position. The salary is $42,000.00 a year plus a commission of 30% of the profit of sales.
  • Once more COVID-19 restrictions are removed we will have training at the factory in Garland Texas. Until then Garrett has a training simulator that can be completed online.
  • As an independent sales contractor, the salesperson would be responsible for the vehicle, food, and hotel expenses if needed. The travel and lodging for training at the factory would be covered by Security Detection & Garrett Metal Detectors.
  • The region that this sales position will cover is Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. The only travel would consist of these 3 counties. After a solid presence of Security Detection / Garrett Metal Detectors is established in these counties we would expand into other Florida counties.
  • This salesperson would receive factory leads. We would expect this salesperson to make sales visits to courthouses, police departments, shipping ports, cruise ports, etc. to market Garrett Metal Detectors.  

The rep would be a 1099 contractor. The sales representative would receive referrals however this person would be required to make cold calls to public buildings and other locations, this is also something that the salesperson could schedule prior. The only computer-related requirements would be for quoting equipment and communication. Learning how metal detectors work and features would be the only technical requirements. We do have technicians based out of Orlando that are able to handle service work and installations if needed.

Thank You,

Justin Brighty

Security Detection, Central Division

Email jbrighty@securitydetection.com

Cell 419-351-7074

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph”

Thanks for your support,

John Fraley

RPOC President

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