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EOW: Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro

Deputy U.S. Marshal Zacarias Toro died as the result of cancer that he developed following his assignment to assist with search and rescue efforts at the World Trade Center site immediately following the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks. He was also assigned to provide security for members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at Ground Zero following the attacks and was exposed to toxic conditions for an extended period of time. His health continued to deteriorate until passing away on June 14th, 2015. The World Trade Center Health Program determined that the cancer he developed was a direct result of his exposure..  - Read More

The Advantage Earns NTOA Tested and Recommended Status

OSI was excited to learn recently that The Advantage Patrol Aid Kit has been awarded the coveted Member Tested and Recommended rating from the National Tactical Officers Association, with an overall score of 4.34 out of 5! One more example of OSI innovation, the Advantage is a first in its category of IFAK's designed from the ground up for the patrol assigned police officer. Originally spec'ed for a very large southern California police agency, the Advantage is built around an ease-of-access concept that allows officers to have all of the necessities of patrol lifesaving in a compact package that's always..  - Read More

OSI to be Featured on American Preppers Network

OSI' is proud to announce that some of our newest kits and module will be featured in an upcoming post at American Preppers Network, a leading source of information on disaster preparedness with over 400,000 visitors a year. We recently reached out to APN with two of our new kits, The Advantage II and the Eveready, as well as our Bleeding Control Module, our Chest Injury Module, and our Burn Module.  All of them were apparently very well received.  According to APN product reviewer Robert H., OSI's product line "...offers a fresh advantage in offering a varied line-up of pre-packaged..  - Read More

The other side of Bonnie and Clyde

Like millions of Americans, I tuned into the story of Bonnie and Clyde for the past two nights to watch a dramatized, sanitized, and romanticized history of two of America's most famous criminals.  While I'll leave criticism over the quality of the program as a program to more eloquent television critics, I will take the time to say how deeply disappointed I was to see two petty, cop-killing criminals once again turned into heroes.  The fact that America continuously turns a blind eye to the depravity and heinousness of these two, not to mention the likes of Floyd, Capone, and..  - Read More

Officer Shot Twice, Gives Chase, Says Giving Up 'Not an option'.

Badass of the day story.  Apparently Officer Ann Carrizales of the Stafford Police Department decided that getting shot wasn't enough reason to break off a pursuit.  She later told The Today Show that “It wasn’t an option for me to give up, I had to stay in that fight because I am a mom and they shot me and they were absolutely not going to get away with that, because I will do everything I can to come home to my children every day.” Here's the original article from the Houston Chronicle: The close-range shooting of a Stafford police officer..  - Read More

Traumatic Stress: How Anxious are You?

Ever get that feeling in the pit of your stomach that something bad is going to happen? Ever get it during a family BBQ or away from your patrol car? We all do from time to time but depending on how often you get that feeling you may find that you are suffering from anxiety. First you have to understand what anxiety is and what it is not. Going to the dentist for a root canal and feeling nervous is not anxiety. Constantly worrying about things you can’t control or things that are so outlandish they will likely never happen..  - Read More

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