Spirit of the Badge

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:13
One night while doing property inspections in back of the Ryan Elemantary School in Bronson, Michigan. I went back to the athletic building which is aprox 100 yards from the school. I could not go around the buliding for there were red flags all around it. I parked my patrol car facing the bulding with head lights and spot light on.
When I was checking the building I was coming up to the south east corner. In doing this I observed lights going out. I figured this was the large light in front of the building. It was aproximately 1 to 3 seconds after the lights went out I stepped from the corner observing the patrol car lights out. At this time I drew my weapon and walked toward the patrol car. I knew whoever turned the lights off had to be in the patrol car.
Walking up to the car I cleared the front seat and back seat and so no one in the patrol car. At this time I figured it had to be a short in the wiring. I then got into the patrol car and observed the head light switch was turned off. It was humanely impossible for anybody to turn the lights off for I did not hear a car door open or close and I was aproximately 20 yards from the patrol car. This scared me. I went back to the Dept. And advised the chief of the incident and asked him if he could give me a logical explanation. The Chief advised he could not.
This incident I will never forget for whatever turned the lights off was not human. Time of incident aprox 0300hrs on a clear summer night.
Respectfully yours, Officer Chip Hovarter

Exceptional experiences are often shrugged off as oddities. Some people find them frightening and dismiss them. Some who have exceptional experiences are considered strange or even mentally ill-certainly deluded. Sometimes they are. These experiences, however, can touch the experience in personal and significant ways that cannot be dismissed as ideas of reference. Rather, they seem to catalyze a process that eventually can lead to the realization of the person's higher human potential. Lives, worldviews, and even identities can be transformed. When this process of transformation is initiated, an exceptional experience becomes an exceptional human experience.
--Rhea A. White
Article Becoming more Human as We Work
Transpersonal Methods for the Social Sciences, 1998