Hey Jack, Mike Spiel here (FPK 73-77). I'm retired as of 02 and living the good life. I have a couple of Cudahy stories I'll relate:
I'd been off training less than a month when I got assigned to 13 EM's. As I recall, this car started late so during the week it made for a long shift. I should say that while on training (with Gerry Taylor) we made loads of arrests; however we never got a rolling stolen. One weeknight at about 2:00am, nothing going on so I decided to stop a female motorist going east on Clara St. towards Atlantic. Like a good deputy, I ran the plate prior to the stop. Just after I did, Lennox station had a request for assistance that took up quite a bit of air time so my plate return was delayed. I'm sitting at Clara and Atlantic behind the car, daydreaming a little bit when they beeped me to get my attention and said my plate was a "victor". Wow, I requested backup and ended up arresting three people for the auto theft and possession of methamphetamine.
I read John Stacy's story about the 998 and I remember a similar incident, perhaps it was the same one. 13 requested assistance, we rolled from the station four to a car with Pat Walsh driving. At the time, the brass had told us when rolling to Cudahy to not use Broadway as the citizens were complaining about speeding radio cars. Pat Walsh couldn't decide whether to turn or not and slid his car right into a stop sign. The three of us jumped out and hitched a ride in another car, leaving Pat standing in the street with a dented fender and a red face. In this incident, the male suspect was hiding inside and had several weapons. SEB was working saturation patrol that PM's and I remember arriving at the scene and George Barthel taking charge and placing deputies in position around the perimeter of the house. Later the suspect exited the front door with a rifle in one hand and a knife in his mouth. Both George Guinn and Jim Hollingsworth shot the suspect and he expired at the scene.
The last thing I remember was that for a time, 13 PM's was a two man unit, yet one of the spots was filled with OT, same as 12D PM's. (12D was called 12 DOLLARS). "Wild Bill" Womack was the regular deputy assigned to 13. I can remember working days and writing reports in the report writing room adjacent to the upstairs locker room. I can't remember how many times the PM Watch Deputy (usually Bruce McClellan) walking down that hallway, begging someone to work 13 because the OT person didn't show, or was in court, etc. I worked it several times and always had fun with Sheriff Womack.