- May 19, 2017
Some guests have to stay anonymous, and this is one of them.
As a Deputy with a Sheriff’s Department, you have many duties and responsibilities, and can be part of some very strange calls. For this man, this call seemed routine…it ended up anything but. For the first time, he shares what happened to him.
It has affected him greatly, from that day to the present…and I cannot thank him enough for sharing his encounters.
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Compelling personal story
Had to listen non-stop
That was one of the creepiest stories i’ve heard in a very long time.
When I first heard this, it didn’t all add up and I was having some difficulty believing his post-event account of the remainder of his career with law enforcement, thinking that police had more employment protections. However, I talked with a friend who has been a long-time police officer and he confirmed that police cadets and new officers typically do serve with minimal career protections during their probationary periods, less so than other newly hired government employees. I also did not hear this guest mention anything about seeking help from his union, and my friend stated that not all states or municipalities have law enforcement unions. If the reason he was discharged was because of diagnosed seizures or epilepsy, the department might be constrained by federal health information laws like HIPAA from disclosing the reason he was terminated. He should be able to file a request with the department’s HR department to see his employment file, or at least obtain a copy under state or federal FOIA requests, and find out definitively why he was terminated. If the grounds the department lists in his personnel file are indeed seizures, then they likely could not talk about it with any prospective employers because of the confidential medical information, unless he gave specific permission to disclose that information. My friend also stated that it is not uncommon for officers about to lose their jobs for poor performance, but no gross misconduct, to be allowed to enter into an agreement in which they will be allowed to resign, they agree not to sue or contest their end of employment, and the department will provide a neutral but non-detailed reference to any prospective employers. If the guest signed one of those sorts of agreements or waited too long, he would have given up any rights to contest his loss of employment.
However, we clearly did not hear all of the details, and, as would be typical, I am sure we did not hear all of the facts that were less complimentary. At one point about halfway through the podcast, this guest made reference to a “trial,” but did not elaborate further or mention it again. What “trial” was this? Was he prosecuted for a criminal offense? Was this over his termination?
I just talked to another friend today who is deaf in one ear. He has had several inner ear surgeries but his doctors could not salvage his hearing or figure out specifically what was wrong. Sometimes, people do suffer seemingly random medical problems, without any known or suspicious cause.
I just listened to this today. DEEPLY unsettling, especially the bit about waking up driving and the two scary dudes showing up at his door the next day. I believe every word!