Category Archives: Public Safety Writers Association

TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS by Keith Bettinger

It is Tuesday October 3. I spent part of the day in the parking lot opposite the Mandalay Bay hotel helping my friends in the Fraternal Order of Police feed and hydrate the first responders working at the murder scene.  … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Jackie Taylor Zortman, Keith Bettinger, Las Vegas, mass shootings, Public Safety Writers Association | 13 Comments


A few months ago, one of our smoke alarms…of course, the one right outside our bedroom door, began “chirping” off and on…most often in the middle of the night.  My husband was sleeping on the main floor in a recliner … Continue reading

Posted in Author Jackie Taylor Zortman, Fire Departments, Public Safety Writers Association, Smoke detectors, Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Who is your favorite team for the 51st Super Bowl later today?  Personally, I don’t have a dog in this fight since my Denver Broncos are not involved, but I do have a favorite, though I’m not going to express … Continue reading

Posted in 2017 Super Bowl, Colorado, Jackie Taylor Zortman, professional football, Public Safety Writers Association, Uncategorized | 7 Comments


On Friday night, January 6, 2017 at 6:15 PM, one of our carbon monoxide alarms suddenly went live.  It wouldn’t stop, even when I took it outside.  When the second one alarmed, I called 911 and the police and fire … Continue reading

Posted in Carbon Monoxide, Colorado, Fire Departments, Home safety, Jackie Taylor Zortman, Public Safety Writers Association | 10 Comments


Apparently, my muse prefers to enjoy the outdoors and other adventures during the summer months and when it comes to writing,  I am rather at a loss for words (so to speak) during these busy days.  This is the time of … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Jackie Taylor Zortman, Law enforcement, Public Safety Writers Association, Writing | 10 Comments


Personally, I have a suspicion that everybody secretly looks at published authors and thinks to themselves, “Big deal.  I could write a book, too.” You know what? They probably can because writing a book is comparatively easy. After your book is finished … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, blogs, books, Colorado, FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST, Jackie Taylor Zortman, Oak Tree Press, Public Safety Writers Association, WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW, Writing | 6 Comments

AMACHE by Jackie Taylor Zortman

The air grew warmer and heavier as they descended from the high altitude of the mountains and entered the flatter terrain of eastern Colorado. After lunching in Canon City, she changed into a short sleeved tee and repacked the long … Continue reading

Posted in American History, Colorado, Jackie Taylor Zortman, Law enforcement, Public Safety Writers Association | 6 Comments