This chapter looks at what happened as the cops and detectives received invitations to events to honor their accomplishments during the rise of the raid. James Kallstrom, assistant director of the FBI, announced in a letter to Howard Safir dated September 17 that the officers had won the Prevention of Terrorism Award. By the time Teemsma and Yurkiw were summoned downtown to meet the commissioner, the internal feud in the squad had blossomed into full-scale war. To minimize the role of politics and facilitate funding, Scotto and Robert Scully, a retired union official who was hired as executive director of the national association, enlisted sponsorship of several outside organizations concerned with law enforcement. The Top Cop ceremony was scheduled to take place on October 8, 1998. Throughout the months of September and October, the officers involved were greeted with one obstacle after another, most of them petty, irritating, and some more threatening. This chapter relates the experience of two Top Cops, Teemsma and Yurkiw, and the fiasco surrounding the Emergency Service—the rumors that floated like flatulence, poisoning reputations and careers: the Emergency Service cops were fighting among themselves; supervisors were trying to steal the show.
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