Recommendation Letter from an EMT

Recommendation Letter for Tom Dolan for Edgar County Sheriff:

I have been providing EMS service, volunteer and full time for a combination of 10 years in Edgar County both in the North and the South sections.

Over the past years, I have noted an extreme lack in law enforcement presence in this county. I have been in several unsafe situations where it took a deputy several minutes to get to me, or I have had to stage until one arrives.

I also am aware of how large our county is and how long it takes to get from point A to point B. However, one deputy or even two on at a time makes for longer wait times. What is it going to take for the sheriffs department to make sure the citizens and emergency responders are safe? I would hate to find out.

We have several schools in this county and all are wide open for disaster. No active shooter drills county wide have been done with EMS/fire agencies to insure a proper response and tactical care of patients. Running through an old building and or a training building is not proper training and comes across as a joke to most involved.

I feel the Sheriffs department should be working closely with the emergency responders to ensure safe and proper training for those kinds of situations. Training is no joke and should be done regularly and in a real time setting.

These are only a couple of my concerns regarding the sheriffs department. As a medical responder, on November 6th I will walk in to my voting booth and vote for Tom Dolan, in hopes that he will try his best to ensure better safety, good equipment, qualities and values within the Edgar County Sheriffs Department.

Sean Robison, EMT Basic

PCFPD EMS training Coordinator

Making It Personal

In this article, I want to address a couple of statements that have been floating around. Namely, that I was fired from two jobs.

To keep it on the record, I’m posting this on my own campaign page, in case some of these accusers don’t like what I have to say:

They clearly don’t have all the facts, and are simply making personal attacks in a desperate attempt to try and keep their guy in office.

So for the record, I was not fired from my job as an Intensive Probation Officer 25 years ago, nor was I fired from the Brocton Police Department, 10 years ago.

These things are easy enough to prove. Some context might help, however. Regarding probation, there were some complaints from (surprise) local tavern owners about me going in the bars to supervise people on probation.

I was working off a list of serious and violent offenders given me by my boss at the time (now deceased). I was simply doing what I was told to do.

The politics of the situation offended me, so I resigned and took a sales and then management position in Danville. I also opened a second martial arts school up there on the advice of an old friend.

That turned into quite a successful operation that I sold 8 years later. This let me purchase the building and start Tom’s Fitness and Martial Arts in Paris. 18 years later, it’s also been a success.

Regarding the Brocton Police Department, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have started in law enforcement there. They put me through the police academy where I was first in my class in 2008.

I love that little town. I worked about every weekend for about two years, and gained a great deal of experience covering that end of the county. I fact, I often answered calls for the county when they couldn’t send a deputy.

Unfortunately, a very vocal minority from the local tavern (surprise) was upset with the police department as a whole, and me in particular. This was primarily due to the fact that one of their patrons had been arrested by me for DUI on three different occasions.

The first time, I had simply stopped the vehicle for blowing through a stop sign and not using a turn signal. He turned out to be extremely intoxicated.

The second time, a vehicle almost broadsided me when he missed the turn coming off the highway. I didn’t recognize him until I got up to the window, because he was driving a friends truck since his friend was “too drunk to drive.” He blew twice the legal limit, lost his CDL license, and subsequently his job.

The third arrest came after a city council member called me and asked me to check on a vehicle in a ditch outside of town. Sadly, it was that same individual, again twice the legal limit. I had nothing personal against the guy, I was just doing my job.

The final straw was after a suspect from IN came roaring past me at a high rate of speed on my way to work. I called the county on my portable and asked if they had anyone available to stop him. They said they did not.

To my surprise, when I got to town, there he was, parked by the church. So I motioned him over and stopped to talk to him. I was in full uniform, and called out the stop on my portable.

I got out to talk with the suspect, and he was extremely nervous, as demonstrated by getting out of his vehicle and coming all the way back to my mine. I asked him to get back in his vehicle, and he did, for a moment, before hopping back out. He clearly didn’t want me anywhere near his vehicle, which was extremely suspicious.

I asked him for his driver’s license, noting he was driving a vehicle with an IN handicapped tag, but he was clearly not handicapped. By now, I was suspecting a stolen vehicle, and possibly drugs. He refused to give me his license.

At that time, another officer from Chrisman (who I still work with) called out to say he was on the way and asked if I needed help. I stepped back to my vehicle so the suspect wouldn’t hear my radio response. At that moment, the suspect took off and roared around the block, heading back out of town.

I called dispatch and told them he took off (a felony), and again asked for a county car to come stop him. I told them I had not yet had a chance to get my squad car.

I also told them I couldn’t chase him because I was in my personal vehicle, which was having problems anyway, but I’d try to follow behind so I could at least give them a direction of travel.

No one from the county responded. The Chrisman officer arrived, all the way from Chrisman, just as I was leaving town. When I ran the individual later, I found he had an active warrant out of IN. I spoke to the West Terre Haute Police and confirmed this first hand.

All of this was documented in my report. The 911 log recordings should still be there, unless they have been erased, which has happened a few times up there.

After explaining all this to my Chief, the Mayor, and the City Council, It was apparent to me that the vocal minority would not be silenced, and even the Police Department was in jeopardy. So I offered my resignation.

Later, that minority was actually successful in their real goal of closing the Police Department—for a time. When it was revealed that they had done it illegally, it was reopened, and my former Chief is still the Chief over there to this day.

What is interesting to me is that both of my bosses, my old Chief, the Mayor, and two of the Council Members at the time, are supporting me in this election. There could be others, too. I’ve had many people thank me for my time in service, during my recent door-to-door campaign there.

Once again, a vocal minority is attacking me, and one of the things they are saying is “Don’t vote for Dolan, he’ll be tough on DUI’s.”

Yes, I will be. I have nothing against the taverns, or the people, but I have a lot against the idea of people driving under the influence.

I’m still a police officer, with two current DUI’s in the court system even as I’m writing this. I’ll be patrolling this weekend, answering all the normal calls and yes, looking for DUI’s.

A former Sheriff has told me that in his memory, the current Sheriff made just one stop for DUI during his four years working nights for said former Sheriff. He noted that the current Sheriff let that one go.

To my knowledge, the current Sheriff has made no stops in his current four years either. That is 8 years without a single DUI arrest. Completely unacceptable.

So yes, I’ll keep patrolling, even after being elected Sheriff. I’ll also work hard to correct the problems that clearly exist up at the Sheriff Department.

It’s funny, my competitor’s team never addresses the facts I’ve been presenting. They simply say I’m lying, and the county has no money.

Now desperate, they are resorting to a personal attack, but I believe they will not be successful. The people will decide.

Finally, about that former Chief from my first Department? He trained both myself and the current Sheriff. That Chief is supporting me. This should tell you all you need to know.

ECSD Administration Problems

Did you know that the Edgar County Sheriff Department missed the October deadline to pay their bills?

Look, we’ve all been late on a bill a time or two, myself included. But we’re not talking just one or two bills, but more than twenty. This month, they missed the filing deadline for ALL their bills!

Here’s how it’s supposed to work. Each department submits all of their invoices with “claims” for each, to the County Clerk in a timely fashion.

The County Clerk’s office sends an email reminder on the morning of the final day to turn them in. This date is also a week before the County Board meeting.

At that point, the Clerk’s office prepares the claims for presentation to the County Board, which then approves payment at the monthly meeting. Once approved, the County Treasurer prepares and mails out checks.

But this month, the ECSD claims were not turned in on time. As a consequence, they weren’t presented to the County Board for approval.

Now the bills can’t be paid without going through another more laborious process, called “Demand” payments. Other County officials have to go through additional work to get the bills paid!

This is an unnecessary problem, for which the Sheriff is responsible. Invoices and Claims should be submitted to the Clerk’s office on a weekly basis so they don’t run up against the hard deadline.

The Sheriff should also ensure that other duties are performed on time. I’ve had local attorneys tell me that their paper services aren’t getting delivered. Some have even gotten “lost.”

You may remember from an earlier article that ECSD has said they don’t keep vehicle maintenance records. They just wait for deputies to tell them when their vehicle needs repair.

These are policy and procedure problems. It also shows a lack of training and oversight.

I’ll be a working Sheriff that spends a great deal of time on patrol. But I’ll also make sure that the basic administrative tasks are completed correctly, and in a timely fashion.

Sincerely,

Tom Dolan

2018 Candidate for Edgar County Sheriff

Tough But Fair

One of the things I do in addition to Police work is serve as Worship Leader at First Baptist Church of Paris.

I’ve been on the worship team since 2001, and have been Worship Leader since 2014. I also head up the Church Security Team.

I don’t say this to suggest that I’m all that. Because I know that I’m not. Like everyone, I’ve made my share of mistakes. But what it does mean is I’ve experienced Grace, and I share that with other people.

As a cop, people are usually having a bad day when our paths have to cross. Sometimes we help you out. Sometimes we have to take appropriate law enforcement action.

But we can still do our jobs with courtesy and respect. The last guy I arrested for DUI said “You’re the nicest cop I’ve ever met.” He meant it too.

Taking him off the road helped keep people safer. It kept him safer too, and may cause him to get some help.

Compassion is important to keep from getting jaded. I hope to always be aware of the Grace that’s been given me. You can be tough and fair at the same time.

Tom Dolan

2018 Candidate for Edgar County Sheriff

Tough on Drugs

We need to be tough on drugs! This short video talks about how I will increase patrols and bring back the Edgar County Drug Task Force. Please SHARE!