Longtime Eureka police chief dies of ...

Longtime Eureka police chief dies of heart attack

There are 79 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Aug 4, 2009, titled Longtime Eureka police chief dies of heart attack. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

The local law enforcement community was rocked for the fourth time in about a month Monday with the news that longtime former Eureka police Chief Arnie Millsap died.

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shayne Gaxiola

Discovery Bay, CA

#1 Aug 4, 2009
My heart goes out to his Family and EPD Family. He did a lot for the City of Eureka and will be missed .
localgal

AOL

#2 Aug 4, 2009
I am so sorry to hear of his death. Although we never knew Chief Millsap, his wife, Donna, frequented our snackbar in the courthouse and we enjoyed many good times with "Donna Duck" as my late husband teasingly named her.

My heartfelt sympathy to his loving family in this time of sorrow.
John Fullerton

Eureka, CA

#4 Aug 4, 2009
I can't believe he is gone.

I just saw him in June at the Zoe graduation. I am proud to have called him a friend these last 28 years.

Terry Farmer is correct. Arnie never put himself above anyone. He was just one of the guys.
MSO

Daly City, CA

#5 Aug 4, 2009
reader wrote:
OK, another officer, albeit a former now retired officer has passed outside the line of duty. Are all of the officers going to agin use taxpayer time and resources to show their solidarity and insert themselves into the procession?
Why not, if you are/were personally working with Captain/Chief Milsap just attend the ceremony. He's a retired police officer. Not even retired brigader generals get such fanfare as the previous recent ceremonies. Give it a rest.
Put the pipe down add get over yourself (punk)
Frank Rizzo

Santa Rosa, CA

#6 Aug 4, 2009
reader wrote:
OK, another officer, albeit a former now retired officer has passed outside the line of duty. Are all of the officers going to agin use taxpayer time and resources to show their solidarity and insert themselves into the procession?
Why not, if you are/were personally working with Captain/Chief Milsap just attend the ceremony. He's a retired police officer. Not even retired brigader generals get such fanfare as the previous recent ceremonies. Give it a rest.
Take your disrespect, sit on it, and spin.
Go back to Kos or HuffPo with the rest of the haters. Oh, and your mommy is yelling upstairs that your poptarts are ready.
North Bay Blue

Fremont, CA

#7 Aug 4, 2009
RIP, Chief. Condolensces to the Humboldt County law enforcement family for the loss of another member.
Gregg Gardiner

Whitethorn, CA

#8 Aug 4, 2009
I knew Arnie as a Marine, he was very active in the our local chapter of the Marine Corp League and worded every year on the the "Toys for Tots" program, spending many, many, hours to make sure our local children had a Christmas.

Arnie was a Marine with an outstanding record...

Arnie served his country and this city with HONOR……….

Thank you Arnie for your service…It was my honor to know you.

Semper FI my friend…
Sour Grapes

Gilroy, CA

#9 Aug 4, 2009
reader wrote:
OK, another officer, albeit a former now retired officer has passed outside the line of duty. Are all of the officers going to agin use taxpayer time and resources to show their solidarity and insert themselves into the procession?
Why not, if you are/were personally working with Captain/Chief Milsap just attend the ceremony. He's a retired police officer. Not even retired brigader generals get such fanfare as the previous recent ceremonies. Give it a rest.
It's a show of respect and the man deserves it! He was not only a good cop, but a good man.
luckyjtl

Pleasanton, CA

#10 Aug 4, 2009
Long live Arnie's sense of humor! He worked hard and took his job seriously, but never lost his smile. Arnie was a great member of our community.
Sick of it

Eureka, CA

#13 Aug 4, 2009
Sour Grapes wrote:
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It's a show of respect and the man deserves it! He was not only a good cop, but a good man.
My father just died after working 30 years on on a fishing boat. He was a wonderful man and worked a job far more hazardous and far more labor intensive than any of these policeman did. So please tell me why my taxes have to go to put on an elaborate show for this man's death, when my family can barely afford a decent funeral for my father?

I am so sick of police thinking they are better than everyone else and deserving all of our money because they are "public servants".

You want to pay your respects, by all means do, but not on my dime!
voluntary monitor

AOL

#14 Aug 4, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe = despicable troll.
TWP

Hopedale, IL

#15 Aug 4, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
hearing about the wonderful pigs being soooooooooooooooo much better than the rest of humanity.
More words of wisdom from the mouth breathing, knuckle dragging Cop hater... Middle-o-the-Roa d.

A persons writing style is just as unique as their finger prints.

Their use of certain words, their verbiage or manner in which something is expressed and their choice of topics or points to justify their arguments are often clearly indicative of a certain specific source or author. Especially when you are a sad little one-trick poodle like Middle-o-the-Roa d.

This is true especially in the case of people with a very limited education, 12th grade in Middle-o-the-Roa d's case and/or limited intelligence, which is obvious in Middle-o-the-Roa d's case.

For Middle-o-the-Roa d to keep posting under different screen names like "The Real Bubba Joe" or "Wonderz" or "Nazi Republican" and using different dial up access numbers on his dial up modem to make it look like these are different people from different ISP's to spew his hateful, venomous rants shows what a delusional psycho this Cop / woman hater really is.

It is sad to watch a grown man like Middle-o-the-Roa d make a fool of himself by acting out like a petulant child and trying to "hide" behind all these different screen names while spewing the same hateful rhetoric over and over again like an insane parrot.
anonymouse

San Francisco, CA

#17 Aug 4, 2009
It is my understanding that while these services are held our community is always protected as other police agencies send officers to cover for those that wish to attend the funeral.
I personally dont know any generals or how fancy the funerals are for them but these men earned every bit of what they get. They were extraorinary and if people wish to show how much they respected them then who are we to judge. I dont think cops think they are better than anyone else. And there is a certain amount of attitude that goes along with upholding the law. That does not necessarily reflect a policemans true nature. So give these men and their families a break. These women have lost their husbands so have a little empathy and dont write negative things about these men or their chosen occupation. After all love them or hate them who you gonna call when you need help.
Heart felt condolences

Danville, CA

#18 Aug 4, 2009
My heart absolutely goes out to Arnie and to his family, AND to the other THREE families from the EPD who have lost their loved ones as well.

I just want them to know that I know how they feel, I went through a period in my life where I lost over 30 people that I cared about over a period of 3 years. Death is hard enough to contend with, but when we get into multiple numbers like this it just makes it harder.

There needs to be some counseling put into place for all four families AND for the entire department after losing four in row within one month. Pain like that sends us reeling and we NEED to be together, to support one another, and to know what is happening in regards to the grief and its stages.

I hope very much that someone from the police department will take getting a grief counselor into the department seriously. Police officers have to see difficulty that FEW of us do. They see people die, they see horrible car wrecks, they see the results of domestic violence, and they NEED support in order to deal with the feelings and mental results.

These are human beings, not superman robots and in my opinion, four people in one month is TOO much to just ignore and not bring help into. It is not possible to lose so many and have no side affects.

My heart and love goes out to each and every one of you who have been having to face this level of pain and loss. I've been there myself in recent years. I wish each of you peace, quiet healing, and love. I know the growth that happens from this experience. Appreciating one another and respecting life, knowing what matters and what we need to let go of, knowing to choose one another as human beings before titles; these things we learn through the experience of loss like this. But now it is time for the department to heal, together. Take one anothers hands and hearts right now, that will carry you farther than anything else.

Red Bird
Anon

Eureka, CA

#20 Aug 4, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a crappy profiler.
I have been posting here much longer than MOR and frequently find myself drawn into an arguement with her. You could not be more wrong presuming that we are the same person.
Those things being said, I must say that just by that presumption you have proven that pigs think that they are infallible even when they are: wrong, stealing, assaulting and revenuing to name a few of your minor vices; as well as deciding what reality is without really knowing the facts.
And I say again, let's not spend the next 3 weeks making all over this guy like it is some big deal and get off your high horses, pigs. You're not better than us civs just because you think you are.
Symptoms of a Inferiority Complex: seeking attention by explosions of temper, bitterness toward others, and constant irritability. Criticism of others is an effort to project inferior feelings onto others and to minimize personal failures by pointing out the faults of others.

Hey Bubba, counseling is available if you decide you want to find some joy in your life. Otherwise, you're a toxic troll who doesn't have anything to offer.
TWP

Graham, TX

#21 Aug 4, 2009
The Real Bubba Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been posting here much longer than MOR and frequently find myself drawn into an arguement with her.
Looks like old Middle-o-the-Roa d a.k.a. "The Real Bubba Joe" is not only suffering from a serious multiple personality disorder he/she also has some creepy gender identity issues to work out.

He must have been a real handful for the prison authorities while he/she was doing his/her time.
Jeff E

Eureka, CA

#22 Aug 4, 2009
"Sick of it" is a hateful poster. These cops put their lives on the line to protect us.

I suspect Sick's father would be ashamed of what he posted at # 13.

Arnie was a great guy. He wouldn't get angry at "Sick", just shake his head & say it takes all kinds.
Christopher Earl Millsap

Oklahoma City, OK

#23 Aug 4, 2009
My Father had an interest in Irish things as our family came from that storied Isle. This is for him.

THE MINSTREL BOY
by Thomas Moore
The Minstrel Boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard,
"Tho' all the world betrays thee,
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"
The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under;
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its chords asunder;
And said "No chains shall sully thee,
Thou soul of love and brav'ry!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They shall never sound in slavery!"

See you soon Dad
Love Christopher
Sorry for You

Corona, CA

#24 Aug 4, 2009
Sick of it wrote:
<quoted text>
My father just died after working 30 years on on a fishing boat. He was a wonderful man and worked a job far more hazardous and far more labor intensive than any of these policeman did. So please tell me why my taxes have to go to put on an elaborate show for this man's death, when my family can barely afford a decent funeral for my father?
I am so sick of police thinking they are better than everyone else and deserving all of our money because they are "public servants".
You want to pay your respects, by all means do, but not on my dime!
You should feel ashamed of yourself. I'm sure your father, being the great man you claim would be very sad to hear you carry on this way.
Just me

Tyler, TX

#25 Aug 4, 2009
reader wrote:
OK, another officer, albeit a former now retired officer has passed outside the line of duty. Are all of the officers going to agin use taxpayer time and resources to show their solidarity and insert themselves into the procession?
Why not, if you are/were personally working with Captain/Chief Milsap just attend the ceremony. He's a retired police officer. Not even retired brigader generals get such fanfare as the previous recent ceremonies. Give it a rest.
Arnie worked, and worked hard for this city, and you don't think it's appropriate for him to have a police officer's funeral? Police officers risk their lives everyday doing a job that none of us will do. I for one think the LEAST we can do is give them the respect and the funeral due to them, working officer, rookie officer or retired officer. Maybe you should stay at home and count the pennies under your mattress, Troll. It should give you some solace knowing that you and your pennies are safe and sound and guarded every night by police officers.

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