Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Minutes of Monthly Meeting
May 11, 2022

President Taylor called the meeting to order in the Red Room of the Nile Country Club at 1145 hours May 11, 2022. Terri MacMillan led the Pledge of Allegiance and Taylor asked all to remain standing for a moment of remembrance for Dave Sorenson #3441 passing Monday, April 25th at 79 years of age, Marc Olson # 4256. Retired as Lieutenant following 36 years of service passing April 19th at 64 years of age and Doug Dills #3326 retired as Captain following 28 years of service, passing April 13th at 79 years of age.  A moment of silence was observed.

Roll call of board members showed Taylor, John Nordlund, Nick Bulpin, Terri MacMillan, Dan Melton as present with John Sullivan, Rich O’Neill, Jeff Caldwell, Joe Bouffiou and Dan Oliver excused. Nick Bulpin gave the financial report and will submit it for audit.

President Taylor directed attention to the minutes of the April 13th meeting that have been distributed and asked for additions, corrections or additions. Their being none, John Nordlund asked the minutes be accepted as written, second by Nick Bulpin and passed.

President Taylor asked Myrle Carner to introduce his guests, his wife Dorothy, several friends, and the featured speaker, Denny Behrend with his wife Gayle.

Denny took the podium and explained his leaving the SPD after 5 and half years to join the U.S. Marshal’s service where he served for 27 years. The Marshal’s service was needed to facilitate the extradition of Martin Pang from Brazil where he fled facing the death penalty for the 1995 arson murder of four Seattle Firefighters. With the help of unnamed informant and Arson Investigator Mike Shannon from SFD it was determined Martin was guilty of the Pang Warehouse fire owned by his parents. Because the Death Penalty was possible the international extradition was delayed by Brazilian laws.  Eventually the extradition was a success and Martin served a prison sentence before being paroled. Denny was applauded and awarded a RSPOA badge.

President Taylor called for the Guich door prize drawings(s) including a donated select wine set. He then reminded everyone to mark their calendars for October 12th this years Retired Officers Banquet and note the change from usual September date due to scheduling conflict.

Taylor then called for adjournment and 54 people enjoyed a nice lunch.

Nick Bulpin, Secretary