He was there for a reason

From my latest book, “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest” It was beautiful May Sunday on the beach. Anthony, an excellent swimmer, went to the water’s edge to see about taking a dip. “No, the rip current is too rough. We need to stay out.” “Somebody’s drowning!” she yelled. “What?” “Anthony, somebody is drowning!” “I suddenly heardContinue reading “He was there for a reason”

New Book

Old Police Stories, LLC announces the latest book from Sgt. Mike Simmons, “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest.” “The Pensacola Police Department is one of the oldest and most distinguished departments in the United States. Throughout its long and rich history, many stories are made by the officers who are in the community every day. Some ofContinue reading “New Book”

Police Motorcycle Sidecars

Sidecars have been used with motorcycles for many years. As a matter of fact, the sidecar came before the motorcycle. The first sidecar was produced in 1893 by French Army officer Jean Bertoux for a bicycle. The Graham Brothers first began making sidecars for motorcycles in 1903. It wasn’t long before the practicality of aContinue reading “Police Motorcycle Sidecars”

Three Brave Officers

From Mike Simmons’ new book: Stories of Pensacola’s Finest Hawkshaw. hawk.shaw /ˈhôkˌSHô/- a detective; a gumshoe. – brings to mind a dark, dimly lit street and a man wearing a fedora in a London Fog overcoat – kinda like Humphrey Bogart. But in Pensacola, the word has a different meaning. Long before the Europeans landedContinue reading “Three Brave Officers”

The First Female Captain of the Pensacola Police

An excerpt from my book Pensacola’s Finest. Kristin Brown joined the Pensacola Police Department in 1996 as a cadet. From cadet to officer to sergeant and, on July 31, 2015, she was the first female promoted to lieutenant. On May 23, 2017, she was pinned as the first female captain of the department.  On AugustContinue reading “The First Female Captain of the Pensacola Police”

End of Watch

The Death of Pensacola Police Officer John William Robert Gordon: September 22, 1889             When a police officer dies, the whole community feels the effect. When an officer is killed in the line a duty, a strange phenomenon occurs. The citizens in the community feel a loss, and the department members feel like a memberContinue reading “End of Watch”

Now the World Seems Sad

From my new book “Stories of Pensacola’s Finest” coming soon… “Now the world seems sad,” was the reaction of six-year-old Peter Drasutis. The wisdom of his words went beyond what even he imagined. Little Peter was a neighbor of Junavis Smith. She was the kind lady that lived down the street. She always smiled andContinue reading “Now the World Seems Sad”


Monday, June 5, 1944, 10:40 pm, England’s southern coast: Thirty-three-year-old Red Dickson was lying in his bunk, just thinking…and wondering…and reminiscing. For there was nothing else to do. “It has been about a month since we got here” he thought. “I don’t mind fighting, but the waiting is killing me! It’s terrifying! I’m just aContinue reading “Comrades”

How Potatoes led to Bagpipes at Police Officers’ Funerals

An extension of the Honor Guard, the bagpipes are played at officers’ funerals.  When police honors are requested at a law enforcement officer’s funeral, several services are offered. The PPD offers pall bearers, an honor guard over the casket during the wake and during the funeral, folding and presentation of the U. S. Flag atContinue reading “How Potatoes led to Bagpipes at Police Officers’ Funerals”

The Admiral

He was born January 12, 1891 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In 1908, he was accepted into the U. S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1912. Charles P. Mason was officially an Annapolis Midshipman. World War 1, known as “The Great War,” broke out in 1914. However, President Wilson declared the United States would remain neutral. But inContinue reading “The Admiral”

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