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Book read quickly and was quite enjoyable. Being a cop is a tough job and Robert proves that out here. God was watching over this man for sure. If you were ever in law enforcement, you’ll be nodding your head in agreement as you reminisce over your life on the job. Not for cowards. Good read! Buy this book.
9 LIVES OF BADGE 656:
A Policeman’s Memoir (Volume Book 1)
Ambushed, shot at, stabbed in the back. Could all the times he cheated death have a meaning, a message, and a purpose?
9 Lives of Badge 656 is a truthful account of one Los Angeles Policeman’s time in uniform during the turbulent 1970s. Follow Officer Brunelle on this often harrowing, often humorous journey that begins with the simple question, “Why did I become a cop?”
From day one at the academy, to his first assignment with racist cops, to surviving a shootout and countless run-ins with notorious gangs, this memorable memoir takes the reader behind the scenes on an unforgettable tour of duty with the LAPD. So, what problems could an antiracist cop run into?
This true crime novel seems to be taken right out of today’s headlines, but gives an honest, historic account of what being a street cop was like back in the day.
About the Author
Robert Brunelle was born in New Bedford, Mass. and raised in southern California. He attended Cal State Los Angeles before receiving a Bachelor of Science in Law degree and a Juris Doctorate from Southern California College of Law. Robert is a retired Los Angeles Police Officer and worked for Focus on the Family as a Correspondent Assistant; Prison Fellowship Ministries and the Special Olympics, as Regional Director.
He was first bitten by the writing bug when he was in elementary school, having his first article published in St. Anthony’s Messenger. Later, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of his high school newspaper, and Sports Editor of his Community College newspaper. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, and a writer of children’s stories and screenplays.
While on the Los Angeles Police Department, Robert was involved in a shootout with armed robbers. It was this harrowing event that caused him to do some serious soul searching and he gave his heart to the Lord. Dedicated to serving the Lord and helping others, he became a volunteer prison chaplain and worked with Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Ministries. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County.
He is the father of 6 children and the grandfather of 14 grandchildren. He and his wife, Terrie, have been married for 45 years and reside in southern California where they attend Calvary Chapel Chino Valley.