Profile For jz3377

jz3377's Info

  • Location:
    Molino, FL

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 1 month ago

jz3377's Bio

Currently "rounding third" in a law enforcement career. I'm a patrol sergeant for a mid sized agency in NW Florida. I can retire in July of 2020 with a pension. I will still be fairly young (53 when I retire) , and I can't see myself doing nothing for the rest of my life. Considering all options for my next career.

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Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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Citation in FL; GA MVR still reflects accident

I just retired from law enforcement in FL; sorry this is so difficult. If you are able, do this in person: Contact the clerk of court in the county where you got the citation. Explain the dilemma, providing all documentation you have, and ask them to walk you through the solution. Doing this in person allows you to be a "person" to the clerk, not just an annoying voice on the phone. If you can't get a good answer/solution, ask to speak with someone with more experience. Be polite, be nice, keep telling the clerk how much you appreciate their help. Most of those folks are willing to help and will go the extra mile for someone who is pleasant to deal with.

Posted:  5 months ago

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How do you stay fit in a sedentary profession

Hey folks, it's been a minute since I posted a question, but I continue to lurk and learn from y'all and I appreciate your wisdom. I finally retired from law enforcement after 25 years on January 30 and I'm burning my leave until the end of June. So I'm basically on a paid vacation. One of the worst parts of being a road cop was spending so much time sitting and eating cop (Junk) food. Sound familiar?

I know the solution is simply to eat better and exercise more. What I'd like to know is how do y'all stay fit? Do you have an exercise routine that fits your job and lifestyle? As a nation we have become terribly unhealthy, I am just wanting to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can. Thank you all!

Posted:  1 year, 1 month ago

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Truck driver helps keep the highways safe

A couple of months ago I was working the midnight shift on patrol in NW Florida. A trucker on I-10 called in to report a drunk driver. He stayed on the phone with my dispatcher until I got the guy pulled over. He was arrested for DUI. The truck driver was a true hero in my book. He gave me a sworn statement and later sent me the dash cam video, which I forwarded to the state attorney. The attorney, notorious for DUI defense, entered a plea of guilty without trial. The driver's name was Domenick and he was delivering a load for Amazon. Truckers rule!

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Signed on with McElroy Truck Lines -- Starting School March 4th

Love that story! God put you right where He needed you. Excellent job, both on the CDL and saving a life. You're a hero.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Dave Ramsey podcast

I have listened for years. The only trucker specific advice I recall was when a driver wanted advice on becoming an owner/operator and wanted Dave to approve of him financing a rig. Dave did not approve.

Posted:  1 year, 3 months ago

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Kim Everything about your story has been inspirational. I was cheering your victories and suffering your defeats vicariously. Thank you for "putting yourself out there" for all of us. Hope you can find the balance that brings you the most peace.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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How Old is Too Old?

Love this thread. At 52 I'm considered an "old dog" in law enforcement. If I get into trucking next year I'll be the new kid!

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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W2 information

Since both companies are very large, there's a good chance the information you seek is already on file with the IRS. If you file with turbotax, for example, adding the company's EIN in the appropriate box will likely pre-populate your numbers on your return. Of course, you can always call the human resources dept of each company and ask for a copy to be forwarded to you, either by mail or email.

Posted:  1 year, 4 months ago

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What to do - truck weaving badly

Definitely call 911 in the future. I'm a county cop and we get calls like this all the time. Most times a driver is tired, and we can get him safely off the road to get some rest. If he is impaired (BAC limits are lower for CDL drivers) he needs to be off the road and in jail. Drivers need to look out for each other, and if you can help get an impaired driver off the road, you have saved someone's life. (and yes, that makes you MY hero!)

A few weeks ago, a driver for Amazon called 911 to report a 4-wheeler driving erratically in my county. I was the one who made the stop and the arrest (the guy was druuuuunk). This driver was such a great witness he was even able to email me his dash cam video. I couldn't thank that driver enough!

Posted:  1 year, 7 months ago

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Introduction, followed by a million questions

Hey folks! I've been lurking for about six months, I figure it's time to say hey. I'm JZ, (you can call me Z, I feel like JZ is too formal), I'm currently a police Sergeant in NW Florida. I'm about a year from the point in my career where I can start burning leave, with an eventual retirement date of July of 2020. I'm considering an "encore career" as a truck driver. My two main questions are 1-can you do a ride-along with a driver, to see if this line of work is something you might really want to do? And 2-if you're burning terminal leave with your current employer, will companies hire you or would they want to wait until you're completely done? More questions will follow. It has been fun watching everyone's journeys, btw. There's a lot of wisdom in these masses.

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