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On a cold January night in west Philly officer Jesse Hartnett was stopped at a streetlight. From the shadows a crazed fool, dressed in muslim garb approached his car and fired 17 rounds. Three struck Hartnett in his left arm.

Did he run, hide or fight? Hartnett got out of his car, drew his weapon and shot the fleeing soldier of allah.

At the shooters trial Hartnett told the jury he has trouble doing things dad’s do. Like changing his daughters diaper. He got a little misty telling that tale…who could blame him?

After enduring 17 surgeries and a long painful therapy/recovery period the officer is enjoying the things that being a dad brings. His daughter hugs his legs, he can change her diaper and tie her shoe.

Ah, but that’s not all. He lost about 30 pounds, works out and rides his bike. The goal to ride in the “Ben to Shore” ride that benefits families of fallen or injured officer in the Philly area. Quite a goal from an officer who was on deaths doorstep!

Officer Jesse Heartnett after a 25 mile bike ride.

May god bless this fine man, his family and all who Serve and Protect!



Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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