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Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2020 5:53 p.m. PST

I came across this and could not resist posting it, especially for all of those LEO's out there that have put their lives on the line every day. Besides, it happened in my home town:

This dude is an active Police Officer. 85 yoa, and kicked the Bleeped text out of a bad guy. Thank you for your service Sir.

When a mugger shoved a .357 into Leo Thalassites' ribs at a Miami parking lot last summer, he got more than a wallet. He got a beatdown.

"He thought I was soft," said Thalassites, a Hialeah police officer, who, at 85, is the state's oldest active officer.

Thalassites calmly recalled the night near Southwest Eighth Street when he cracked ribs, knocked out teeth and fractured the skull of a would-be mugger with his bare hands.

When the 6-foot-2, 250-pound thug woke, his blurry vision focused on Thalassites, who was looking down at him, with eyes closed, praying softly in Greek.

"I forgive you," said Thalassites, before the startled man darted through an alley and called police for his own protection.

Thalassites commutes three times a week to Hialeah from his home in Palm Harbor, near Tampa. He hires a driver for the more than 3-hour commute. His job is to work in the gym to get officers in shape.

The FDLE could not identify another officer who has served at age 85 or older.

"He is still a certified police officer and he has active employment," said Heather Smith, an official with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

His father, George Thalassites, was a seventh-generation priest who served Miami's Greek community in the 1940s. He also taught combat fighting to elite Greek soldiers.

The younger Thalassites couldn't learn to write Greek well enough to be a priest, so his father gave him two life lessons:

Put "Jesus first" before anything else in life.

Take care of your body.

He shuns fatty foods and hasn't had a soda in more than 60 years. He eats measured portions of chicken and vegetables and drinks only water.

"My body is the temple of God," he said.

On the rare occasion he goes to a restaurant, he chats with the cook.

"I talk to him, see?" said Thalassites, in a thick New England-accent. "I have him show me his hands then I tell him I want it cooked right. Understand?"

Each day at 4 a.m., he springs out of bed to pray, run a few miles, lift weights and punch a heavy bag.

Thalassites, a Marine Corps fight club champion in the 1940s, insists that teaching discipline can save lives.

He joined the Dade County Police Department in 1956, then transferred to Hialeah in 1963 where he was promoted to sergeant and taught defensive tactics.

He has taught self-defense to thousands of officers during his 54-year police career.

Thalassites has trained boxers like Hector "Macho" Camacho, "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran.

In 1999, former Hialeah Police Chief Rolando Bolanos and the department honored Thalassites by naming the police gym after him.

The biggest threat to public safety today, according to Thalassites, is out-of-shape cops who are not serious about training.

He's right about that. I've been helping SFPD with crowd control and riots for over 15 years. I've seen overweight poge cops with big bags of Cheetos in their riot helmet attached to their belt. Ill-fitting uniforms that would get in their way in a scuffle and hats that come over their ears. They look like clowns, especially the obese ones. About 10 years ago a homeless guy put a female cop in intensive care after a beat down. However, SFPD does have a hardcore group of Tactical Teams that Antifa and Occupy won't mess with.

My opinion FWIW: If LEO's were more physically intimidating, in shape and trained they would not have to shoot so often whena perp is resisting arrest. Just my opinion and observations.

"Leo inspires confidence in younger officers," Bolanos said. "He can overpower any man I have ever met."

Can you imagine if all LEO's were like this guy and the Useful Idiot politicians let them do their job?

Unfortunately, he passed away: link


Legion 416 Aug 2020 8:18 a.m. PST


Blue Lives Matter …

DesertScrb16 Aug 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

All lives matter!

Andrew Preziosi16 Aug 2020 10:15 a.m. PST

I think the all of the above is Blue Fez Material!

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2020 10:50 a.m. PST

Sounds like a great and tough guy.

Thanks for sharing.

My condolences to his family and friends.

tigrifsgt16 Aug 2020 11:32 a.m. PST

Back the Blue

Legion 416 Aug 2020 2:17 p.m. PST

All lives matter!
Of course they do … but in this case we are talking about LEOs, and one in particular.

SgtPain16 Aug 2020 3:01 p.m. PST

Blue Lives Matter.

DesertScrb16 Aug 2020 3:10 p.m. PST

All lives matter.

Wargamer Blue16 Aug 2020 4:11 p.m. PST

All lives matter.

Dn Jackson16 Aug 2020 4:21 p.m. PST

Very impressive man. RIP sir.

ninthdoc16 Aug 2020 6:38 p.m. PST

It makes me happy to see all of these posts in these trying times. I'm retired LEO. :)

Legion 417 Aug 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

thumbs up

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP17 Aug 2020 9:12 a.m. PST

The Fez is for controversial posts, which this isn't.

BTB(Back the Blue)

von Schwartz17 Aug 2020 6:32 p.m. PST

BLM right?

Blacks Labs Matter!

Best damn dog I ever had

Legion 418 Aug 2020 8:09 a.m. PST

All Labs Matter !

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