|Posted on August 13, 2017 at 11:25 AM|
In my life I've been fortunate to be able to do and see a few things as opportunities have arisen over the years. Some people resent that, because a poor country boy from upstate S.C. isn't supposed to know or do anything out of the ordinary. But, being an anally compacted blowhard is their problem, not mine.
This blog isn't really about me though. What I am going to start doing occasionally is writing about people I've known, both good and bad, but who had character. I want to start today with SC Highway Patrolman, Sgt. Bruce Cann.
During the seventies and eighties, Bruce Cann was a legend to anyone who had attended the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He was a Highway Patrolman assigned to the Academy to teach defensive tactics. Average height, average build, sawed off and mushed mouth, he hit like a ton of bricks. Sgt. Cann was a TaeKwonDo and Jujitsu black black belt. He also stayed on us constantly about what we ate and getting too much "Coe...les..ter..rralll" in our diet. He also liked to talk about "Paii..y..ne." You get someone in a "Paii..y..ne" compliance hold.
The stories about Sgt. Cann as a highway patrolman in the seventies were legendary. Working the Beaufort area he stopped a Marine Corp Captain for DUI who decided he wasn't going to be taken in by some punk ass state trooper. After Bruce got through breaking ribs the Captain was begging him to take him to jail.
Another time he dealt with a stupid snowflake who decided to try him in a D.T. class. The jerk bucked the Sgt. when he was demonstrating a technique, trying to be a know-it-all show off and Sgt. Cann broke his arm. The one thing I can say about Sgt. Cann, he knew how to apply a hold. I was young, strong and in very good shape, but he could tie me into pretzels. I usually volunteered to be the one demonstrated on, knowing that being on the receiving end was a good way to learn.
Cann was a good guy who was simple, straight forward and didn't have a problem telling the truth. He hated the Highway Patrol major who made the purchasing decisions on equipment. After the HP went to a clamshell style "security" holster Cann made no bones about what a sissy the major was, that he didn't know what he was doing and that he could whip the major with one hand tied behind his back. Cann of course, being old school, prefered the old style, low ride Jordan holster with the security strap.
In our politically correct world of today, where progressive agenda rules, and are actions are judged by namby pamby standards, a guy like Brice Cann would be a dinosaur heading for extinction. But truth be known, we need more no nonsense men like Bruce. Those are the kind of men who gets things done when the times are tough.