The tension in the air was palpable.

It always is, but it’s worse when the weather is so unbearably hot and the air is thick with humidity.

Twelve police officers circled around a slick suited detective in a vacant parking lot discussing their entry strategy.

At twenty minutes before 5AM, the hope was that the target would be asleep, along with anybody else who might be inside the condo.

What’s inside the condo?

You’re sure about the target?








People other than the target?


Anything else?

Dogs. The target has a couple of huge dogs. Rottweillers I think.

The snitch has told them all that he knows.

He’s a drug addict, yes, but he’s been reliable in the past. He gets paid for information, but the information is always good.

The snitch says that the target plans to kill a rival drug dealer later in the day because he thinks the rival shot at him two weeks before, right on the very lot where the officers are planning this raid. There is a search warrant, ostensibly procured for drugs, but saving a huge group of teens and young adults from expanding a violent feud beyond where it is right now is the real purpose.

It’s curbing the violence, if you will.

Big Lou is already holding the steel. His two big hands are gripping two steel handles welded onto a one hundred plus pound steel cylinder.

Lou will bust the door down on the first strike as he always does.

JT and Grease will go in first, followed by Rick, Johnny and Fritz.

Lou will stay at the front door with another officer and the others will all take positions in the backyard and under the side windows. They’ll corral the runners or jumpers, if there are any.

JT and Grease have been partners for seven years. They ride in the same car every single shift.

They’ve been the first ones through the door together many times before.

They know each other and trust one another with their lives.

On this day, JT has forgone wearing his bullet proof vest because of the heat. Had he known the boys would recruit he and Grease for a search warrant, he’d have brought it to work this shift.

The vest will do him no good sitting on the floor in his walk-in closet.

That’s the image JT sees as he’s the first officer through the door.

Lou has busted the door wide open on the first strike, as he always does, and JT sees a television set on and two people sitting on a couch staring at it mindlessly.

His eyes are suddenly alerted to a man moving in the far corner of the living room. He is half in a closet and half leaning out. He recognizes the man as the target.

The right side of the target’s body is exposed, while his left half is hidden behind the wall of a coat closet.

In the target’s right hand is a gun.



JT isn’t sure who is yelling gun, but it should be him. He was the first one in and saw it, but he can’t take his eyes off of it to focus. He’s having a fit with tunnel vision.

Everything seems in slow motion when his brain finally clicks, snapping him to again. Before he’s all the way mentally back on this planet, back in the living room where he should be focused, his mind shows him that vest he should be wearing one more time.

The mental image of the vest laying on the carpeted floor of his closet makes him mutter, “Fuck” to himself, not loudly, but loud enough that the target hears him.

The target turns the gun towards JT, but Grease was already acting.

Grease has his vest on this day, ironically, because JT made him wear it. He instinctively ran in front of JT.

The target fires two or three shots, with several officers firing right back, almost instantaneously.

The target was struck multiple times; he lays dying on the scene, right there in his closet.

JT has fallen to the floor and is waiting for pain to engulf his body and the white light to shine on him, leading him to his next destination.

After a couple of moments, no light had shone and no pain was burning through his body anywhere.

JT rolled over and watched as all the other officers were busy containing the scene and clearing the house of other people.

Everybody was on their feet except Grease.

He had heard Grease shout out in pain, but JT was waiting to be hit with his own bullet and wasn’t fully aware what was going on with Grease.

JT saw an indention in Grease’s vest. The bullet didn’t go through, so maybe Grease just had the wind knocked out of himself from the force of the bullet.

JT rolled Grease over and was sickened by the amount of blood he saw. It had been hidden by Grease’s body and JT knew there wouldn’t be time to wait.

JT and Lou carried their brother to JT’s car and they raced him to the hospital.

JT and Lou carried Grease into the hospital with the help of some hospital staffers waiting at the door, all the way to the surgery table.

JT sat in a chair and replayed the scene in this head. Everything happened so fast.

“He took those bullets for you, JT.” Lou said as though he could read JT’s thoughts. “Those bullets were meant for you.”

The doctor returned to the waiting area and didn’t mince any words telling JT that his partner and friend was dead.

“The second bullet got him in the heart, JT. There was nothing…nothing that could be done.”

JT was crying before the doctor said bullet. He thought of his own kids and how they almost lost their daddy. The kids would be devastated at the loss of Grease, but at least they still had a father in their lives.

Grease didn’t have any kids, but he was still young enough that he could have someday. He didn’t date or have any hobbies either.

He was a good cop though. He was JT’s partner and his friend, and in the end, his savior. He took those bullets meant for JT by jumping in the air on purpose, right in the path of those bullets.

Later on at JT’s house, Lou told JT’s wife all about how JT had started to trip when Grease saw the target, ran, and then jumped up to take those bullets.

Lou was telling JT’s wife the story as she sobbed on the couch clutching Grease’s favorite tennis ball, the whole time staring blankly at the dog crate that Grease would never sleep in again.

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144 Responses to Grease

  1. jasteck says:

    Another day in tears. Darn you, Don!! We lost one of our K-9s in a car accident years ago. It was devastating. They are amazing.

  2. Damn it Don! A dog?! That made it worse for this animal lover somehow. Great post!

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, I didn’t see that coming (poor pooch). Nice suspenseful read. Cop dramas are my thing on TV, and I love reading books along that vein too so this was an enjoyable read for me. I imagine with your background, you have the fuel for a lot of fiction. Maybe you’ll write a book some day?…

  4. rebecca2000 says:

    Great job. It made me sad but it was great.

  5. Reblogged this on don of all trades and commented:

    Test reblog. no new content.

  6. Maggie O'C says:

    Well I’m glad you did this because I love this. You are a really good writer. Is this true, it must be, right?

    • Gah! I didn’t think it would send that out like a regular post! Lol. Thanks though, Maggie. No, the incident was inspired by a police dog killed in NC a couple of weeks ago. Believe it or not we get emails about line of duty deaths from around the country and dogs are no exception. The details of the entry are from my experience, but the story is not a true one as told.

  7. Mike says:

    Hi Don, I told you how near and dear this story hits home for me. For my affection of dogs and especially my own. No, I don’t have a police dog but work around them. Now if the kitty were a zombie that might make for a pretty bad ass police cat. Definitely keep your door open to writing a book, sir 🙂

  8. tric says:

    You could have tested on one of my posts! I guess when you press reblog it reblogs. Who would have thought! This was a good one though. This and your speech to newbie policemen and you softening up with your little one are my top three, just in case you are doing any more test reblogs.

  9. barbtaub says:

    Hey, Don. I came over from Susie’s to bawl all over your place again. Grease!

  10. susielindau says:

    What a great shootem’ up!!! Poor Grease. Jt is going to feel guilty for a while…
    This for bringing this to the party. Have fun clicking on links and mingling with the guests!

  11. Dang, Don! Now I’m all teary eyed and I blame you. I can’t handle doggie deaths. They tear me up. Hubby was actually relieved that I’d gotten up to go to the restroom just before the dog got killed in I Am Legend so I didn’t have to see it. He knew. I’d warned him before we went to that movie that I was going to be very upset if anything happened to the dog. I can’t even watch Marley & Me…and Bolt got me choked up. Glad you shared this heroic doggie story at Susie’s party, but it won’t stop me from cursing you through my tears. 😉

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