Final thoughts for my week of #JuryDuty

Despite the great views of downtown Cleveland, there was jury business to tend to.


During the jury breaks, it is always nice to see the new construction.


Deliberation was held in a sequestered room. Not really fancy stuff, but it allows for open conversation amongst all jurors.


And if you were wondering, yes we might need a J.

The jury rendered verdicts on four different charges

1. Not guilty.

2. Not guilty.

3. Not guilty.

4. Guilty

After the trial was over, Judge Sheehan brought us up to his quarters and answered questions from the jury. That was great because jurors often have questions they cannot ask in court.


What have I learned?

  1. The process is in place for a reason.
  2. Jury duty is real.
  3. Lots of moving parts in the court system.
  4. Real court is nothing like what’s on TV or in movies.
  5. Cases aren’t as clear-cut as you think.
  6. Small details make a big difference.
  7. If you are summoned to serve jury duty, you should do it.

When you serve your civic duty, I hope you learn a lot too.

Now nothing to be afraid of or worried about.

Special thanks to Cuyahoga County Judge Brendan Sheehan and Cuyahoga County PIO Darren Toms for the additional information.

I’d serve on jury duty again.


Spin the wheel for #JuryDuty!

On entering the Justice Center from Lakeside Avenue, look to your immediate left.


Back in the day, this all wood contraption was how the courts choose you for jury duty. Yep – a simple spin of the wheel gets you assigned. C’mon Vanna! Heck, I’m even more impressed that someone hasn’t smashed this thing out of frustration.

In all honesty, it’s really amazing how the judicial system has progressed over the years…esp the random population of the pool. From our initial court briefing, they pull potential jurors from voter registration stats because they feel that those who are responsible to vote truly care about the community.

Since we are stuck indoors all day, the view out from the justice center is quite nice.


I wish Amtrak made more daytime stops in Cleveland.

For those that work downtown, Cuyahoga County has done a ton of work with increasing green space.

And since I know all of you want to know, our courtroom is relatively quiet.


Well, it is almost lunch time.

Reporting live on day four in the Jury box!


Day-3 of #JuryDuty includes badges and juror deets

Starting Day-3 of #JuryDuty


Seems like Key Tower is getting bigger every day huh?

And yes of course I’m wearing my court identification badge.


These badges are specific to all assigned and possible jurors to alert others to NOT discuss cases. As you may know, part of this judicial process is to keep cases confined to the courtroom – basically until the jury can meet and deliberate.

And no, I can’t tell you what case I’ve been assigned to or details about it. A few judges answered questions about jury duty, but Judge Brendan J. Sheehan took the time to explain in detail, about specific actions as jurors.


Judge Patrick J. Sheehan

Not going to lie, I do enjoy hearing the phrase “All rise for the jury!”

However, the color of the chairs are a bit…dated.


Green and wood – the perfect combo!


Also, the place is covered in wall-to-wall…wood. #SoMuchWood


No smoking indeed.

During lunch today, I walked around the old courthouse. There is some serious architecture action going on here! Years of yellowing (mostly tobacco) has been cleaned/removed and now the freshly refurbished bright white stone architecture shines beautifully for all to see. Darren Toms told me that they filmed a whole bunch of hit movies here including the latest Avengers movie.


They definitely don’t make them like they used to. Heck-just walking up the stairs, you get a chance to see some amazing stained glass work.


Loki’s been here too!

So much history in just in downtown Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. This jury duty assignment has given me the chance to see some great stuff. Best part – all free!

So if you haven’t been down to the old County Courthouse, you should spend a few hours wandering the halls. Jury duty lunch is the perfect time to wander. Also, bring a camera because it is truly a spectacular building.

We are being called back into court so shhhhhhhhhhh!



#JuryDuty has some spectacular views of downtown Cleveland

Downtown Cleveland has some pretty spectacular views of downtown.


Perfect day to be….inside.

Special thanks to Darren Toms on the historical tour at lunch. So much associated with the court system here in NE Ohio.


Ladies and gents….here’s PIO Pro Darren Toms!

Related to my adventures here on #JuryDuty – apparently, I must have said the right things as I was chosen to serve on a criminal case.


Great to see our appointed judge explain the process in detail. This really helps everyone understand the judicial process and the importance of voir dire or Frenchly-translated to say what is true. Lots of questions by potential jurors today.


Appeals court (I wish I was working in this courtroom)

Shhhhh – I gotta pay attention!

Doing my civic duty and reporting live from green chairs in the Justice Center jury booth…


Trump and I are doing this in August

That reminds me…

…I have jury duty next week. Yes, we both are serving jury duty in August. Concidence? Hmmmm. Well, I definitely won’t be arriving to the court house in a limo.

Thanks to Trump for making a spectacle of every American’s civic duty.

Related note: The picture above is TOTALLY FAKE (My friends at CNN just rolled their eyes).


LODD Captain Bowen’s Story by Randy Mantooth #Firefighter

Definitely a worthwhile video to watch pertaining to the Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeff Bowen Line Of Duty Death (LODD) in 2011.

*Personal note: Capt Bowen was one of my students in my Firefighter class.


Video produced by Randy Mantooth and sponsored by Masimo.

Jeff: Keep an eye out for all of us at the elevated IC.


You should know about the Worcester-6 Cold Storage Warehouse Fire #W6

Take a few moments to learn about the now infamous Cold Storage Warehouse Fire in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Honor your fallen Firefighters who gave their life on December 3, 1999.

  • Worcester Fire Rescue-1 Firefighter Paul Brotherton
  • Worcester Fire Rescue-1 Firefighter Jeremiah Lucey
  • Worcester Fire Rescue-1 Lieutenant Thomas Spencer
  • Worcester Fire Ladder-2 Firefighter Timothy Jackson
  • Worcester Fire Engine-3 Firefighter James Lyons
  • Worcester Fire Engine-3 Firefighter Joseph McGuirk

***In my opinion, this fire is a defining moment in fire service history***

All Firefighters should know about this fire by heart.

Well, even if you don’t read the entire NIOSH report, at LEAST read the summary below.


On December 3, 1999, six career fire fighters died after they became lost in a six-floor, maze-like, cold-storage and warehouse building while searching for two homeless people and fire extension. It is presumed that the homeless people had accidentally started the fire on the second floor sometime between 1630 and 1745 hours and then left the building. An off-duty police officer who was driving by called Central Dispatch and reported that smoke was coming from the top of the building. When the first alarm was struck at 1815 hours, the fire had been in progress for about 30 to 90 minutes. Beginning with the first alarm, a total of five alarms were struck over a span of 1 hour and 13 minutes, with the fifth called in at 1928 hours. Responding were 16 apparatus, including 11 engines, 3 ladders, 1 rescue, and 1 aerial scope, and a total of 73 fire fighters. Two incident commanders (IC#1 and IC#2) in two separate cars also responded.

Fire fighters from the apparatus responding on the first alarm were ordered to search the building for homeless people and fire extension. During the search efforts, two fire fighters (Victims 1 and 2) became lost, and at 1847 hours, one of them sounded an emergency message. A head count ordered by Interior Command confirmed which fire fighters were missing.

Fire fighters who had responded on the first and third alarms were then ordered to conduct search-and-rescue operations for Victims 1 and 2 and the homeless people. During these efforts, four more fire fighters became lost. Two fire fighters (Victims 3 and 4) became disoriented and could not locate their way out of the building. At 1910 hours, one of the fire fighters radioed Command that they needed help finding their way out and that they were running out of air. Four minutes later he radioed again for help. Two other fire fighters (victims 5 and 6) did not make initial contact with command nor anyone at the scene, and were not seen entering the building. However, according to the Central Dispatch transcripts, they may have joined Victims 3 and 4 on the fifth floor. At 1924 hours, IC#2 called for a head count and determined that six fire fighters were now missing. At 1949 hours, the crew from Engine 8 radioed that they were on the fourth floor and that the structural integrity of the building had been compromised. At 1952 hours, a member from the Fire Investigations Unit reported to the Chief that heavy fire had just vented through the roof on the C side. At 2000 hours, Interior Command ordered all companies out of the building, and a series of short horn blasts were sounded to signal the evacuation. Fire fighting operations changed from an offensive attack, including search and rescue, to a defensive attack with the use of heavy-stream appliances. After the fire had been knocked down, search-and-recovery operations commenced until recall of the box alarm 8 days later on December 11, 1999, at 2227 hours, when all six fire fighters’ bodies had been recovered. NIOSH investigators concluded that, to minimize the risk of similar occurrences, fire departments should

    • ensure that inspections of vacant buildings and pre-fire planning are conducted which cover all potential hazards, structural building materials (type and age), and renovations that may be encountered during a fire, so that the Incident Commander will have the necessary structural information to make informed decisions and implement an appropriate plan of attack

  • ensure that the incident command system is fully implemented at the fire scene

  • ensure that a separate Incident Safety Officer, independent from the Incident Commander, is appointed when activities, size of fire, or need occurs, such as during multiple alarm fires, or responds automatically to pre-designated fires

  • ensure that standard operating procedures (SOPs) and equipment are adequate and sufficient to support the volume of radio traffic at multiple-alarm fires

  • ensure that Incident Command always maintains close accountability for all personnel at the fire scene

  •  use guide ropes/tag lines securely attached to permanent objects at entry portals and place high-intensity floodlights at entry portals to assist lost or disoriented fire fighters in emergency escape

  • ensure that a Rapid Intervention Team is established and in position upon their arrival at the fire scene

  • implement an overall health and safety program such as the one recommended in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program

  • consider using a marking system when conducting searches

  • identify dangerous vacant buildings by affixing warning placards to entrance doorways or other openings where fire fighters may enter

  • ensure that officers enforce and fire fighters follow the mandatory mask rule per administrative guidelines established by the department

  • explore the use of thermal imaging cameras to locate lost or downed fire fighters and civilians in fire environments



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