“He is running straight at me with a large knife in each hand. Instantly, my gun is in my hand and I’m yelling, ‘stop, stop!’ but he has this look on his face….Nothing else exists except this man running at me, trying to kill me.”
The story is one of 43 short stories in a new book – You Can’t Make this Sh#t Up: Policing Through Stories – by Randy Ward, a retired Lethbridge Police Constable who spent 27 years on the job. The book chronicles some of the most harrowing and unusual situations Ward encountered in nearly three decades of policing – mostly as a frontline officer on the street.
“I started writing out of tragedy,” said Ward. “In policing there is always tragedy and if you don’t get it out, it will destroy you.”
Ward’s first short story evolved when a friend and fellow police officer died in the line of duty after being hit by a drunk driver. “I had this overwhelming need to write about the funeral and my feelings, so ‘The Partner’ story came into being. Since that time whenever I experienced some great event or tragedy, I wrote about it; mostly to get it out of my thoughts.”
Ward’s stories have previously been published in several Canadian short story compilations, but You Can’t Make this Sh#t Up is his first book and he hopes to give readers a glimpse into the world of policing. The stories range from accounts of violence and tragedy to heartbreak and humour – all in day’s work for a beat cop.
Prior to beginning his policing career in Lethbridge, Ward served with the Canadian Armed Forces and spent two years as an Auxiliary Special Constable with the RCMP in B.C. After earning his Law Enforcement Diploma from Lethbridge College he was hired by the Lethbridge Police Service in 1988 and spent 25 years working in patrols, as a community liaison officer and in the Criminal Investigation Division investigating property crimes. He retired in 2013.
“I always enjoyed the street,” said Ward. “I loved the action, the people, the situations and the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”
You Can’t Make This Sh#t Up is available on Amazon.ca and locally at Lethbridge Tactical Supply. Ward will also be at the Lethbridge Chapters on April 14 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a book signing event.
For more information about Randy Ward and his book visit www.randyward.ca