Hi everyone! My name is Jo Donner and I'm a Deputy with Milwaukee County. On February 6th, 48 of my brothers and sisters were laid off! This has been a political battle that has been going on for a couple of months, but rather that get into everything that is wrong with that, I'm here to ask for your help.
I'd first like to tell you about those deputies who have been laid off. They have a minimum of 8 years on the job, most with 10 and 11. They are NOT new hires, but rather seasoned, well trained (couple of SWAT members, a detective and 2 Mounted Patrol officers included), dedicated officers. We have not hired a sworn officer since 2003. We even have a couple who is married and recently had twins...both laid off. These are people who are well established in their careers and lives. Suddenly, they are now filing for unemployment and wondering what department is going to want them at 40+ years old. I went with the man who silently vowed to always have my back, be by my side even if it meant guns a blazing and to step in front of me when I pushed too far when he turned his badge and gun in. It was heartbreaking. The closest relationships are formed in a squad.
We are having a fundraiser for them at Greco's Pub located at 10166 S 27th St in Oak Creek Wisconsin on February 18th from 5pm-close. All are welcome. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. If you are not able to make this event, you can visit www.61friends.com (the original lay off number was 61, hence the name) and click on the donate button for a secure donation through paypal. 100% of the funds donated will go to the deputies. All fees and admin costs are being donated too. You can also like 61 Friends on facebook to watch for updates on this ongoing struggle.
We are also looking for door and raffle prizes! We will take anything! Thanks so much in advance!!
A PINK PIECE OF PAPER CANNOT BREAK OUR THIN BLUE LINE!