Russ Reiker was a seasoned street cop in Phoenix, Arizona
for twenty-one years. Two months before his planned retirement he
was traumatically injured while on duty. This life-threatening
injury was so profound he should not have survived, but did.
Chronicling his career with many extraordinary and remarkable incidents,
this story culminates with the intensely personal moments preceding and
during his impending death - memories that have, until now, been shared
with only a few very special people.
tragic story is closely mirrored throughout by the circumstances leading
to the death of one of his closest friends, and fellow officer.
During the worst shoot-out in the history of the Phoenix Police
Department, he was killed on almost the same date and time of day Russ'
career would end. Their close friendship is the subject of
continual laughs, tears, anger, fear and, at times, outrage, but more
often humility and pride. Forever changed by the funeral of his
friend, and memorial in Washington D.C., he could never go back to being
the cop he was.
JUST ONE SHIFT
THE POLICE FILES
gripping new non-fiction novel a veteran Phoenix Police Officer is
driven to the brink of mental
... delves deep into the
mind of a big city street cop as he confronts one impossible situation
after another during the busiest shift of his career. An intense
recounting, which discloses the officer's thought process as he makes
repetitive, split-second, life and death decisions that have life-long
effects on the people involved.
summation of a ten-hour evening shift takes the officer from the
totally ridiculous and laughable to the intensely outrageous and, at
times, even gruesome. The senseless murder of
a young girl pushes the officer beyond his emotional limits. He begins
to question his own abilities, and regresses to memories of a period 10
years earlier. When he finally believes he can regain his sanity,
another explosive incident occurs, thrusting him to a level of
and tragic moments will generate feelings of sympathy and compassion
never before associated with a law enforcement officer.
With the release
of, 999 Officer Down: The Russ Reiker Story, Catherine Marfino-Reiker
established herself as a master of non-fiction. Her contiguous ties to
the law enforcement community, and her emotionally charged stories will
have the reader swiftly turning the pages of this Must Read Book!
While in her senior year at
Lodi High School, Lodi, New Jersey,
Catherine Marfino-Reiker was thrust into a horrific situation with the
sudden death of her father, followed by the discovery of her mother's
terminal disease. During the next five years, Catherine married, had two
daughters and faced other life altering situations. First, a
cross-country move to Arizona, her husband's new employment as a big
city cop and within a year of the move, the birth of her third child.
Her three children are now all responsible, successful adults. In mid
1999 and again in early 2000, she was blessed with two beautiful
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