Ralph Pearson Oakes
Our Brother in Blue passed away on 8 July 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2017. He was just 49 years old. He was retired from the Baltimore City Police Department and loved by many. He went on to become a member of the Crisfield Police Department in Crisfield Md. where he was still active at the time of his death. His family was not prepared for this and could use your help. Any help as little as $5 or $10 will add up and all will help... It would greatly be appreciated if you could Give a Donation, Share this Post and Repeat having them Give Share and Repeat. #Give_Share_Repeat.
Anyone that knew Ralph knows he had a great heart and an amazing sense of humor.
RIP Ralph, we will miss you!!!!
As Little As $10 Can Make a Huge Difference if We All Give-Share-Repeat
Rather than using Gofundme where a percentage of your donation goes to the poc
ket of Gofundme... use our page for Baltimore Police Officers and their families. Donations will go directly to the person needing our help, and the only portion that comes out is the PayPal fees, BaltimoreCityPoliceHistory.com has never taken a percentage and never will. To make things easier, and more clear, we don't even touch donations anymore. Now we ask that whoever we are helping open their own PayPal account and funds go straight to them. Thanks to the IRS and a more than $12,000.00 tax bill we were told it would be wise to stop getting involved in helping our brothers and sisters in blue. Should we never pass the hat again? I had issues with this, so I asked about a system in which we don't handle the funds but merely share a link helping direct our Baltimore Police family as to where they can send their donations to help other Baltimore Police family members. Helping our brothers, sisters, and family brings good karma, God forbid we should ever need help, it seems those that are always helping, never need help, but if they should one day need our assistance, seeing their name will surely invoke a need for others to come to their aid.
So when a police officer, active, retired etc or their family asks for help, it is normally well after they needed the help. Like the saying goes, they need yesterday so we try to give those that need help, as much help as we can and as fast as we can, then we share the URL so our friends can Give and they can Share the URL too. So we can all Give, Share and Repeat... Repeat... Repeat.
Retired Police Officer Kevin D Vaught
AKA Butter Bean
Butterbean is a retired Baltimore Police Officer, he risked his life for more than 20 years to help those that needed him. Now he needs us, he has battled crime and now he is battling cancer and he needs our help.
His last assignment was Southern District's Neighborhood Services Unit where he worked the Federal Hill/Locust Point area of Baltimore. He was the Explorer Post Advisor for Post 9449 where he worked with Baltimore's youth helping collect food, toys, and clothes for needy families. These projects helped teach our young kids to learn about the pride one gets in giving back to a community, the values of helping your neighbors.
He went out of his way to help mentor Baltimore's youth, trying to keep them out of trouble by giving them other choices and letting them know for every action there will be a reaction, it is up to us to make choices that will make the reactions something we can be proud of, not fear. The values, I told my kids while they were growing up, he showed his explorers. I always said, "It is easier to stay out of trouble than it is to get out of trouble!" Butterbean showed these kids what I told my kids, he did it through the example showing them how to stay out of trouble. There is no way of measuring how much this helped, but from the feedback of some of these kids that are now young adults, doing well in school, or as they start to enter the workforce; it is apparent that he made a difference in a lot of young lives and therefore the community he once served. Helping these kids as if they were his own, giving them valuable life lessons. Now he needs our help, he needs us to give what we can, even if it is just $10 or $20 dollars and then spread this on to all of our friends asking them to give and spread it to their friends.
Please help pass this URL asking your friends and family to give whatever they can to this man is a gentle giant who would have bust through doors to save you in your hours of need. So lest bust out our wallets and help him in his. Follow this link to his Gofundme page CLICK HERE
We can't thank you enough for your love, prayers, support and financial gifts thus far. It has made such a difference to Kevin's family as they navigate this difficult time. Kevin has been undergoing treatment this month and needs our prayers and support to see him through this time.
Please consider sharing this campaign with your family and friends, the more prayers and support the better!!
-Team Butterbean #ByeCancer
**We are sharing an update from Kevin's wife, Denice- please take a moment to read her update and pray for our superhero couple as they fight this giant together.
"This is a photo of my amazing husband Kevin Vaught, aka "Butterbean" and myself. It was taken in 1979 or 1980. It was a Valentine's Day dance at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. The photo is damaged from hurricane Isabelle in 2003 (I think).
We met when I was just 14. We are still together and we have 2 of the most amazing sons one could ever hope for.
As many of you know, Kevin is having some health problems. We have a wonderful doctor at John's Hopkins Hospital Cancer Center. Cancer has messed with the wrong family! After 41 years together, I know we can handle whatever comes our way. Together with our family, friends, doctors ( shout out to Dr. Sandy, she knows who she is) and most importantly God. The good Lord brought us together and He is helping us get through this. If anyone has any spare prayers, we can use them. Thanks in advance."
Be a Hero, Help this Hero
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With a father in the hospital, and medical issues to include recurring seizures with his wife that have brought about a stack of medical bills for 2 ambulance rides, MRIs, Cat scans, EEGs and other tests with on the horizon.
Our brother Retired Lieutenant Scott Serio can use our help in getting caught up - It won't take much, $5 or $10 from as many of us as can afford it and things will be back on track in no time. Taking care of his dad, and now trips back and forth to the doctor for and with his wife, he has been trying to handle her business and keep up with his, taking extra work the way we all do, but with jobs falling through and not enough time in a day to handle work and be with his dad, and wife he will need help. He thinks he can manage with as little as $5000 - Hopefully, we can help him get to that number and go from there.
For those of us that don't use PayPal, you can send donations directly to him at the following address
7 Spring Knoll Ct.
Colora, MD 21917
Thanks for looking and thanks for your help
Important to donate to Ret LT Serio use his email address above - We can no longer collect for anyone, when we collected for the Baltimore 6 even though we passed every penny on to the officers as well as contributing our own donations... we were contacted by the IRS and currently are being investigated with possible back taxes of $12600.00 So for that reason we are only helping to bring attention to our police families need for help and hope to be able to help them without costing us more than we can afford. With that I thank you for helping the Lieutenant, as if there is one thing I can say about police and seeking help, they will risk their own lives to give someone help, but don't know how to ask for help, so in most cases, by the time they ask for help it was needed yesterday, they have tried everything else and have no choice but to ask for help and that help is needed right away if not sooner. So I thank everyone that has stood up to help this Baltimore Police Brother.
10-16 Officer Needs Assistance
When we needed their help they were always there for us – Now they need our help, it’s our chance to be the hero by making a small donation to help a hero.
Baltimore’s retired police have had their pensions stripped to nothing or very near nothing when it comes to a COLA, their medical plans have been increased to where many can’t afford them, busted up, and broken from years of fighting crime to make the streets safer for us, these men and women have given you their all, now they need your help. Make a donation on the donation link in the left-hand column and in the Purpose Box simply type “10-16” and we’ll make sure your Baltimore Police receive every penny of it
Donate to the Baltimore Police History Site Research and Maintenance
We are always in need of help with the History site, there are a lot of expenses, server fee's alone will be running $75 a month soon, they are currently sitting at $55 a month and we know we will be needing more space soon. We are also looking to add a better "Search engine" and that will be a one time fee of $200. On top of that, we have to buy research methods, books, newspaper archives, photos and other sources so it is not cheap, but we have some of the best information of the history of any police department; we use newspapers and books along with photos, and memorabilia to get our information. There is nothing like first-hand accounts, but even they have to be verified, because, well sometimes our memories fade, other times we were misinformed in the first place. The game "Chinese Whispers" comes to mind, when we played this game in grade school, sometimes it was misunderstood, other times it mischief, but in the end, the secret that was first told, was mistold. This is why to tell the story of the 1904 Baltimore fire, we would rather pull 1904 newspaper reports, and books written in 1904/1905 about the fire. Books written in 2012 using 2012 language, theory, and information, don't help us learn as much as news from the time of the event being researched. Sometimes these books and resources are cheap, other times they are expensive, that said we are researching, we are historians, not collectors, so when buying books, we buy readers copies, likewise with exhibits, the cost of antiques is based on condition, and we don't need like new, in fact, we prefer vintage rust, dents o.e. obviously used. The term museum quality has always struck me as kind of funny, we shouldn't want a "NEWseum" we should all want a MUSEUM. So we buy a little older a little more USED looking items, that put items in our price range allowing for more items to come our way, and more history learned and shared. Baltimore has some outstanding history, our police department at one time ran everything from Streetlights to taxi and dog licenses. If we get info from someone that was there, we use that info to research info that was written and confirmed, nothing against people's memories, but we all tend to forget or hear something that might be misinformation to start. Case in point, the reason "CITY" was taken off the patch in 1976. We had at least 3 reasons, and I think the truth was in the 4th. With a new search engine added to the site visitors will have an easier time finding the information we have spread out over the more than 1200 pages that we have thus far added to the site. So if you can donate we would appreciate it, likewise, we hope you will spread this page to others and ask them to donate, and share this age with their friends... #Give_Share_Repeat.
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