“I made the conscious decision that I wanted to put my family first, and that is – it’s so important in our profession that you do that, because you need to give your best at home and, you know, do your best to leave work at work, because your family at home needs you. When people said, ‘Oh, you’re crazy! You’re leaving all that money on the table – you’re leaving all that!’ I said, ‘You know what, I never had it. […] I’m taking a sure thing right now so I can go home and be with my family.’” – PFC Murph
It was a “fleabag-type” motel – the kind of place where, if you were looking for trouble, you were guaranteed to find it. In the early hours of a Saturday morning in April 2001, PFC Murph rolled into that motel parking lot on a routine patrol. What he found, was a suspicious number of out of state plates but, after running the tags and observing the cars’ contents, he found nothing out of the ordinary – nothing that prompted further action. It wasn’t until he received a call from the FBI six months later, that he realized his suspicions were valid, and the “digital breadcrumbs” he’d left by checking the plates had provided agents insight about the 9/11 hijackers’ behavior.
Join former paramedic/firefighter and host Phil Klein as he sits down with PFC Murph, a retired law enforcement officer of 20 years, who served in roles ranging from school resource officer and PIO to crime prevention specialist and officer. He shares how sometimes it’s the run-of-the-mill days, like running license plates in a motel parking lot, that come with the most unexpected endings. He discusses his decision to retire early in order to be with his family, the importance of putting family first, and the necessity of leaving work at work.
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