Captain Steve Sabo - AED And CPR

Captain Steve Sabo - Deadly Force

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people in the United States every year than almost any other medical condition, but it doesn't have to be that way. Studies show that when it comes to this medical emergency, time is of the essence, and even people who have not been trained in lifesaving techniques can be the difference between life and death.

On average, about 350,000 people in the United States suffer from sudden cardiac arrest every single year. It can happen at any time, at any place, and to anyone. There is an average eight to twelve minutes response time to most 911 calls, and every one of those minutes counts. The most effective treatment for restoring a regular heartbeat is with an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. These machines are easy to operate, even for someone who has not been trained on them and has no medical background. The AED is a portable device that checks a victim's heart rhythm, and by sending an electrical shock to the heart can try to restore it.

If an AED is not available, a bystander to sudden cardiac arrest can try cardio pulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. CPR can double a victim's chances of survival. According to the American Heart Association, CPR should begin with chest compressions. Experts say that it is better to try this than do nothing. People untrained in CPR should provide nonstop chest compressions of about one hundred per minute until the paramedics arrive. It is not necessary to try rescue breathing. Those who have been trained in CPR should start with thirty chest compressions, then check the victim's airway for a blocked airway, and then give rescue breaths.

Retired Police Captain Steve Sabo is certified in both AED and CPR, along with other First Aid certifications.

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Captain Steve Sabo - Patrol Officer Duties

Police work can be dangerous. Officers come in contact with some of the most dangerous elements of society, which is why they are legally authorized to carry firearms. The mere fact that police officers are armed does not mean that they use their weapons on any kind of regular basis. In fact, it is not uncommon for an officer to go through an entire career without once using his or her weapon except for at the firing range.

The authorization for carry a weapon is sometimes referred to as being authorized to use deadly force, or shoot to kill. According to the United States Supreme Court, police officers may use as much force as is reasonably necessary if an offender resists an attempted arrest. Whether the force is reasonable is up to the judgment of the officer at the scene of the arrest, where the officer may be in a dangerous situation where a split second's judgment is required. The standard for this is what the Supreme Court calls "objective reasonableness," which refers to the rights of the person who is being arrested, and the interests of the officer who is making the arrest.

Under the law, deadly force is constitutional only when nothing else will succeed. Officers should not use deadly force unless their suspect has used deadly force, or the officer believes not doing so may result in injury or death to others, and they are sure no innocent bystanders will be endangered as a result.

Steve Sabo is a retired police captain who spend his career in the Englewood, New Jersey Police Department. He is now working in private security as an Executive Driver.

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Police officers are those courageous men and women whose job it is to protect the life and property of the public, through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Their work involves performing routine police assignments and more specialized police details, assigned from police officers of superior rank.

All police officers start their careers as patrol officers. Many members of the general public believe that patrol officers can only perform the most routine police work, but that is not the case. Patrol officers are those who are on the front lines of public safety, and the ones who are the first responders to most crime scenes and situations that pose a threat to the public safety.

But it is true that a lot of their work consists of such routines as checking parking meters for violations, routine patrol, and enforcing traffic regulations. They also have investigative duties in their designated areas on an assigned shift, and these are the duties that sometimes can pose a threat to their personal safety. This is where the patrol officer must be able to act without the supervision of a superior officer, and exercise their own judgment in responding to emergencies.

But the patrol officer who is doing the job the right way is going to have excellent street contacts, and probably have a better understanding of their assigned area than higher ranking officers. They use these contacts every day and they often pay off.

Captain Steve Sabo is retired from the Englewood, New Jersey Police Department, where he worked for more than ten years as a patrol officer before a series of promotions. He currently works in private security.

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How to Win at Paintball

Winning paintball matches is all about tactics and preparedness. Know your enemy and yourself before you take the field. Prepare with your team and devise many different plans of attack to surprise your enemy and put them on the defensive. While paintball is a great weekend activity for many people, others take the sport very seriously. Even if you don’t plan on going pro in paintball, you can learn from the best and keep dominating your friends in paintball weekend after weekend. Here are some tips from the best paintball teams in the world:

• Commit to your attack. In paintball, retreats can be disastrous. If you decide to go on a full-on offensive against your opponent, make sure you stick to the attack plan designed to exploit the opposing team’s weaknesses. By being aggressive, you maximize the damage to the opposing team. Attacking has its costs, but if you can fight in enemy territory, their losses will be greater than yours.

• Try not to win the same way twice. The best teams don’t have a static plan of attack. There is no secret strategy to winning every time. When you win a match, try to shift your tactics, even in a subtle way, for the next match. Opponents study your tactics and learn ways of countering your strategy. Try to be as unpredictable as possible.

Captain Steve Sabo plays paintball regularly. He is an experienced paintballer and was a thirty-year veteran of the Englewood, New Jersey Police Department before he retired in 2014.

Lowering Your Golf Score: Tee Shots Matter

Unless you happen to be a professional golfer, you probably can’t hit the ball three hundred yards off the tee shot. Tee shots are critical on long holes because you have to cover as much ground in as little number of strokes possible. The first shot of any hole, whether you’re using a driver or not, is critical because it sets up all of your other shots. In order to make the most of your first shots, you have to develop a strong and consistent swing that places your ball favorably every time. The key to doing this consistently is quieting your swing.

Quieting your swing is a term that professional trainers use with golfers to keep all unnecessary movement during their swing down. Most trainers will tell you that putting a proper swing on the ball takes your whole body, and they’re right. You have to have your feet placed properly, your knees bent, your arms in position, etc. But the moment between when you cock back your swing to when you hit the ball is the most critical. Your swing should be one, continuous motion in which you keep your eye on the ball and focus on hitting it exactly where you want. Only be eliminating any excess movement during that moment will you be able to consistently hit the ball the way you want.

Captain Steve Sabo worked for thirty years for the Englewood, New Jersey Police Department before retiring in 2014. He now plays golf and works in his community to find other ways of keeping it safe.

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Going Fishing in New Jersey: Weakfish

New Jersey has many rich areas to fish in and a large amount of fish species in the area. Many people love to hit the rivers, lakes, coastline, and open ocean in search of fish. One common fish in New Jersey is Weakfish or Seatrout. Weakfish are some of the most colorful and best-tasting fish in New Jersey waters. Weakfish usually congregate in large numbers in New Jersey’s bays and rivers. Despite their name, they are difficult to find in the ocean. Their schools are unusually tight, so you will have to isolate their schools if you expect to catch any. If you do find a school of Weakfish, however, the rewards can be great. Some fishermen report catching over twenty per person when they find Weakfish schools.

Catching Weakfish causes much debate amongst New Jersey fishermen. The most common way fishermen come up with Weakfish is by drifting sandworms from a drifting boat. Most fishermen say that using a three-way sinker and three to four-foot leader work the best. Weakfish have one of the shortest seasons in the state. They arrive in June or July and usually leave mid-September. They are among the first fish species to leave the area when the water cools.

Captain Steve Sabo has been fishing in his native state of New Jersey since he was a small child. He continued his love for fishing during his long career as an Englewood, New Jersey police officer. Now retired, Sabo says that he makes it to his favorite fishing spots as much as he can.

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Being Prepared for Fun

The joy of traveling is in the unexpected, the departure from the ordinary. The better prepared you are to take in your new surroundings, the more fun you will have on your next vacation. If you like to expect the unexpected, you will likely invest less in guidebooks and information on wherever you’re traveling to. If you like to plan, you’ll have a great time still, but your activities will be more structured, and you’ll know exactly what to bring to enjoy them the most. If you’re planning on going to the Caribbean, you know you’ll need your swimsuits, but what about your snorkel gear? Ask yourself these questions before you step on the plane to maximize your fun.

A few minutes of planning can go a long way. Whether you like to plan every detail of your vacation down to creating a packing list including every article of clothing you plan on taking with you, or you like to take it easy and only take the bare essentials of survival wherever you’re going, taking a few minutes to write down some plans is very helpful. Many people don’t like to sit and write down the details of the packing list and their vacation plans, but if you are able to sit and plan for a few minutes what you would like to do on your vacation before you get there, the benefits are great.

Captain Steve Sabo has traveled extensively since retiring after thirty years from the Englewood, New Jersey Police Department.

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Captain Steve Sabo - Advice for New Police Officers

As a brand new police officer fresh out of the academy, your first few years will naturally teach you more than you could ever learn in a classroom. The experiential nature of getting out in the field with your colleagues becomes your continuing education. Leaving a good impression on your colleagues and superiors during this transitional time is imperative.

As a beginning officer, it’s important to remember that you will be encountering different policing styles on the job. It is likely that you will be paired with a field training officer (FTO) who has extensive knowledge of a particular focus in the department you are placed in. Over time if you are paired with FTOs whose style you resonate with, learn from it. The same is true if you are placed with individuals who you do not resonate with. Learn from the experience and treat your FTO with respect at all costs.

Humility is one of the most important characteristics of a new police officer. While it is important to assert yourself and let your voice be heard, it is also important to observe. Remember that you are still learning and that it’s ok to ask questions and make mistakes. No one is expecting you to know how to do your job on day one.

Approaching your new job with patience, for both yourself and others, is essential for a successful career as a member of law enforcement.

Captain Steve Sabo of Paramus, New Jersey, is a retired police captain who served in the Englewood Police Department as an officer from 1984-2002 until he was reassigned the Detective Bureau. He has worked in numerous capacities in the law enforcement field and currently provides executive protection, executive driving, and private security services.

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Captain Steve Sabo - The Basics of Barbecue

Many consider barbecue to be an art form. Picking perfect cuts of meat, preparing sides and fixings, and pairing with the perfect sauces is a tradition that exists in numerous family units in the United States, especially during summertime and holidays. Buying your first barbecue is an exciting investment, and it can take some time to familiarize yourself with your new machine. To begin barbecuing like a professional at the start, consider the following:

1. It is necessary that you preheat your barbecue, whether it’s gas or charcoal, with the lid open. Let a charcoal grill heat up for about twenty minutes. A gas grill does not need as much time. Ten minutes should suffice.

2. After your first time barbecuing, be sure to clean your grill with a wire brush each time you fire it back up. Use a high-heat oil and grease the grill to ensure that your food won’t stick. Use a brush or a paper towel dipped in oil to coat the grate.

3. Use tongs to flip your meat instead of puncturing with a sharp object, such as a fork. This will seal in the juices. Ideally, only flip your meat once.

4. Though you may have been told otherwise, refrain from pressing your meat into the grill during cooking because you will lose flavor and juices.

Captain Steve Sabo, a retired police captain and criminal investigator, enjoys barbecuing with family and friends. He thinks of it as a community builder and is always ready to head out to the grill.

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Captain Steve Sabo - What to Do When There is a Fire in Your Home

Waking up to a fire in your home is a terrifying experience, and it’s imperative that you know how to respond quickly. Taking the right steps can be the difference between life and death, and it’s important that both you and your family know how to proceed.

  1. Before a fire even occurs, develop a plan of action with your family. Decide on a route that everyone will use to exit your home.
  2. In the event of a fire, get everyone in the house together by shouting directions. Be sure that everyone in your home understands what’s happening and what to do next. Stay together if you can.
  3. Do not, for any reason, stop to collect items of any sort. Losing family heirlooms and valuables is difficult, but it’s simply not worth endangering yourself and others.
  4. If dense smoke is filling the house, exit your home by crawling on the ground. Smoke rises, and inhaling too much of it is incredibly toxic.
  5. Do not open doors that are warm to the touch. Test each door before opening because it’s highly possible that there is fire on the other side.
  6. If it’s not possible to exit through your previously decided-upon route, locate a window and open or break it, minding any jagged edges with whatever clothing or fabric you can find.
  7. If an escape is impossible, shut yourself and everyone else into a room and use whatever materials you can to seal the door shut to minimize smoke inhalation until help comes. Use a phone if available or call for help through a window.

Retired Captain Steve Sabo is a certified firefighter and wants to ensure that your family remains safe in a fire. He worked for the Englewood Police Department as a police captain and detective for over thirty years.