I think a title like this gets everyone’s attention very quickly. I certainly hope so. I suppose we all hold various feelings toward officers of the law. Who hasn’t been pulled over for a traffic stop and:
-it seemed inconvenient;
-we got irritated for “getting caught”;
-the officer may have presented a less than friendly exchange?
But, I believe we all feel the same with regard to drunk drivers. Never admired or cheered on or revered, drunk drivers always make people respond with ire. Today, I want to challenge all of you to respond with kindness, a fellow officer got badly mashed by a drunk driver a few short weeks ago. This young man was a trainee of mine when I first became a firearms instructor in Long Beach, CA back in 2003. Full of life and spunk and enthusiasm, this young man’s career moved from CBP Officer in CA to a training officer at the federal training center in GA to, most recently, that of a pilot for the Air Enforcement Division in LA. Last month, his vehicle incurred a flat tire. As he made the change, a drunk driver smashed into Mr. Jonathan Taber and fully mauled him. This fine young man had to have a leg amputated as a result of this, he has and will undergo many more surgeries
for skin grafts and he has to be fitted with a prosthesis. This was not a work injury. I appeal to your sense of sportsmanship and leadership and humbly ask you all to drop a check in the mail to the below fund offering financial support for this injured man. He wants to return to work, he is not looking for a hand out. That makes for the best reasons and best time, then, to give. I have already sent my check. Join me, let’s inundate that fund with checks to the Jonathan Taber segment of the Von Amulunxen Fund ”www.rogerfoundation.org” from Competitive Marksmanship readers. I thank you all ahead of time.
The Roger L. Von Amulunxen Foundation
104-15 100th Street
Ozone Park, NY 11417
Attn: Jonathan Taber medical donations