Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Tribute to Slain California Public Health Inspectors

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Tribute to Slain California Public Health Inspectors

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My heart was heavy and saddened as I prepared to write this article. I clearly remember the day when George Nakamura, NEHA's Food Protection Technical Chair, called and asked if NEHA had received the chilling news about the killing of two federal inspectors, Jean Hillery and Tom Quadros, and one state inspector, Bill Shaline, in San Leandro, California.

Unfortunately, this is not the first incident of violence against California environmental health professionals. You may recall that Cindy Volpe, a Kern County environmental health inspector, was stalked and eventually murdered in her home, along with her mother and husband, by an apartment manager who was disgruntled because she had condemned his building.

Currently, California legislation (Assembly Bill 2584) is pending that would amend the penal code to address assault and battery against state and local public health and safety officials, Legislation of this type could be crucial in helping to protect environmental health professionals--who work extremely hard with limited funds and personnel to preserve the health and welfare of the public.

Unthinkable acts of violence bring the value of life into focus. Each day, as we prepare to provide service in many areas of environmental health, our goal is to treat customers with dignity and respect. …

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