My Brother who is now retired, was in law enforcement for the Forest Service.
I must admit he is a hoot. He tells the funniest story about his life out on the trails in the Arizona Desert.He also tells the most horrific ones too. I like the funny ones better.
He started out his life after University as a Forest Ranger, jumping out of planes into raging fires with his crew.
Almost died one year when the fire topped and he and his crew had to dig holes cover up with their fire blankets and hope they would make it.
He designed programs for the parks and studied to work his way up to head Four States Law Enforcement. EMT trained and also taught classes.
He was Secret Serviced trained and trained agents about the southwest. Worked with the Secret Service when Presidents visited Tucson. Was a trained tracker, marksman, fire investigator testified against criminals, lots of drugs and people smugglers.
I tell you this because lately much of his life in Law Enforcement he has battled the drug and people smugglers.
He has had friends shot and killed in the law enforcement. One friend was shot in the face with a shotgun.
But he is funny, kind and generous and someone who is just hysterical to be around.
He is against any illegals being allowed into the U.S. He has seen it all and how illegals bring the very thing they say they are trying to get away from. The cartels, drugs, trafficking of women and children and violence. Lots of violence.
Being EMT trained he has also saved many crossing the border.
I am very happy that he is now retired. I don't want him out there anymore possibly being shot and killed. The Arizona Desert is not at all like the place we grew up in or the place he worked in when he first started with the Forest Service.
This makes me so sad and angry.
Here is a story.
I warn you it is awful. I have toned it way down.
They found a truck mired in the sandy wash. He and his men had to carefully scout around to be sure it was not a trap and then opened up the truck. It was in the hottest part of summer and inside the truck were cages and cages of dead animals left to suffocate and burn to death in the heat of the truck. I think there were drugs too. There is always drugs.
A few years back before the cartels decided to use the people they smuggle to carry the drugs, they used mistreated horses, and the sweet little burros and dogs. Now these poor animals were not cared for and if they were lucky they were killed after they smuggled the drugs. Most were left to starve and die in the desert.
The people who lived near the drug trails ( yes, we know where many are) would come out in the mornings to go to work and find the starved skeleton horses and dogs trying to drink the water from the sprinklers.
Humanity can be judged by the way people treat the animals.
My brother and I grew up in the southwest and loved it. We were poor didn't know it.
Life was outside in the desert that I love.
Arizona is filled with National Parks and we went to many of them. Day hikes with the best lunches because we were outside in the desert.
One park is the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument just down the road from Tucson. Beautiful huge cactus the looks like the pipes of an organ.
No longer is it a park from my childhood. Now it is voted by Forest Rangers and Law Enforcement the most dangerous National Park in America. They have now stopped voting, why bother. This is a # 1 that I don't want to see.
One part of it runs along the border with Mexico.
Park Ranger Kris Eggle a 28 years old law enforcement Park Ranger was killed while pursuing drug runner armed with AK-47.
It has been closed since 2002 except for the visitor center.
They have just opened up part of the park where the hidden springs is. But you have to attend a mandatory safety briefing before being taken to the spring in a van. The van following is filled with Park Ranges carrying guns and rifles to protect you while visiting the springs.
Isn't this just grand I can't visit a park in my state of Arizona without an armed guard ?
Welcome to the newest Third Word Country.
Tomorrow a quick post and them I am done with the never ending mass illegal problem.
I will be back to regular programing.
Monday, Arizona, Wednesday my life in Japan and of course Square Dog Friday !