I was teaching in the Midwest when I learned that two Salt Lake City Police officers, one the son of an old, good friend, had been seriously wounded in a gunfight in which they had swiftly responded to the deadly ambush, returned fire, and slain the would-be cop-killer. The sparse police log report is here: http://slcpd.com/watch-log-thursday-march-27-2014/ . A more in-depth report, from local news, is here: http://fox13now.com/2014/03/28/2-police-officers-hurt-1-man-dead-after-salt-lake-city-shooting/.
Officers Mo Tafisi and Dan Tueller are credited with literally saving each other’s lives. If the latter name sounds familiar to gun folks, Dan is the son of Dennis Tueller, the famed SLCPD officer and trainer of a generation before, who did the ground-breaking research showing that the average man with a knife could close seven yards and deliver a fatal thrust in only 1.5 seconds, from a standing start. We’ll never know how many lives were saved by that knowledge; I can certainly point to a few.
Both are are recovering, but their recoveries won’t be overnight. Dan’s femur was shattered by the bullet he took, and one eardrum was ruptured by a close-range attempt to fire a bullet into his brain. Reconstructive surgery is going to take a long time. Yes, they get their paychecks and workmen’s comp, but cops with big families count on overtime and paid details to keep food on the table and clothes on the kids’ backs, and that’s gone for now. With that in mind, I asked Dennis where concerned citizens could contribute. He replied:
“We now have both a website and bank account where donations can be made to help support Mo, Dan, and their families with some extra money to help get them through their recovery time. The website (developed by my son Jeff, via his web media studio) is: www.SLCSheepdogs.org where you will find a PayPal link. Contributions can also be made to any branch of Mountain America Credit Union (www.macu.com to find locations): SLC Sheepdogs, account #9807840. You can also send checks to my address, below.
Donations of any amount are appreciated, and I thank you in advance for your help and support. ~~Dennis Tueller, 1733 W. 12600 S. #113, Riverton, UT 84065, Dennis.firstname.lastname@example.org. p.s. My wife, Marti and I are the Trustees and administrators of the account, so there are zero fees and no overhead. All donations will go directly to support the officers and their families.”