Taking Care of Business

By Mike Simmons An Angry Woman On June 30, 1937, Evelyn Sydlo and Anthony Valentino burst into the front door of the Pensacola Police Headquarters, 407 S. Jefferson Street, walked up to the desk, and began speaking excitedly to acting desk sergeant Herbert Hatcher. Evelyn was angry because she and Anthony had been fighting all…

New Book: The Crabtree Gang

Fifth book of Mike Simmons I have just published my fifth book, but this one is different. It is called “The Crabtree Gang,” and is a children’s adventure book starring my grandchildren. The story is an adaptation of an old tale I have heard my entire life. It is available on Amazon.

The Pensacola Police Honor Guard

Romans 13:7 says to give honor to whom honor is due. The Pensacola Police Department does that. For many years, members of the department have stepped up when the need arose to honor a fallen officer, present the colors, or give a 21-gun salute. In 2000, Sgt. Greg Moody approached his supervisors about forming a…

End of Watch: The death of Pensacola Police Officer Louis Champa

May 26, 1951 An excerpt from the book, “Some Gave All,” by Mike Simmons, coming soon on Amazon. Louis was born on July 10, 1909, in Eveleth, Minnesota to Bartholomew and Meri Champa. In 1943 they moved to Pensacola and found a home at 168 Aragon Court. The same year, Louis began working on the…

Meter Maids of the Pensacola Police Department

From the book, “Pensacola’s Finest in Pictures,” by Mike Simmons (available on Amazon) On February 27, 1958, the Pensacola City Council approved a new program called “Women Parking Control Officers.” The idea was fairly new, maybe a year old. It was found that women could be hired, provided tailored uniforms and trained to monitor parking…


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Professionals at Work: Officers Robert Godwin and Buddy Peake posing for a photo in 1948. Both men are in dress uniform. The uniform consisted of collar brass depicted “PD” on the right collar and the officer’s badge number on the left collar. Both men wear the popular cross-draw holsters. Officer Godwin wears regulation police shoes and Office Peake wears authentic jodhpur riding pants. The jackets and pants were made of wool, which held up well and looked good, but were very hot.

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