Archive for August, 2007

New Tradegy and old Wounds at Ground Zero

Tragically, two New York City firefighters died battling a blaze at a Ground Zero building yesterday. The FDNY firefighters were overcome with smoke inhalation on the 14th floor of the 41-story Deutsche Bank building that is located across the street from the former World Trade Center Tower 2 (that was struck by the second plane, […]

The Psychology of Recovery

The I35W Bridge in downtown Minneapolis collapsed less than two weeks ago, however, state officials in Minnesota have already began to plan for building a new bridge. This is a particularly uncomfortable issue considering that there are still three victims missing. Recovery operations are as an important phase in Public Safety as first preparedness, response, […]

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Monday, August 6, 2007 Recovery and clean-up efforts are beginning nearly five days after the Interstate 35W Bridge collapse. As of today, five persons have been killed, eight are missing and over 100 were injured. The grim task of clean-up and searching for the missing victims, while concurrently conducting an investigation is what public safety […]

Preparing for the Unthinkable and Unknowing

An interstate highway bridge in downtown Minneapolis plunged into the Mississippi river yesterday killing 9 persons and injuring over 60. The collapse occurred at approximately 6:00 PM in the height of rush-hour traffic and the incident does not, at this time appear to be related to a terror-attack. A responding Minneapolis police lieutenant, quoted shorted […]

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Dr. Steven Barthelmeus
Program Chair,
Public Safety – Criminal Justice/Forensics program, Capella University
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Dr. Shelly Gill
Adjunct Instructor, Capella University
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Dr. Joseph Pascarella
Core Faculty Member, Capella University
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Dr. Jeffrey Rush
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Management and Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University
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Dr. Michael Kemp
Chair, Emergency Management, Capella University
Melissa Beasley
Captain, Florence Alabama Police Department
Darryl Jones
Capella University Learner and Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Dr. Laura Pettler
Investigator for Prosecutorial District Twenty A of North Carolina
Mark Rubin
Capella University Learner
Mark S. Warnick
Capella University Learner, Retired Asst. Fire Chief


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