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MAGLITE Public Relations Lou Desmond
Bullets from an AK-47 Took His Leg, But Not His Spirit
The only amputee to ever qualify for S.W.A.T. and reach the rank of Lieutenant, Jim Considine, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be honored by MAGLITE and the Ontario Reign on March 14th
(Ontario, CA) On September 27, 1997, Jim was a deputy sheriff assigned to patrol in the county area of Victorville, and he assisted his partner on a traffic stop which turned into the nightmare scenario for him. An assailant with an arsenal did not stop immediately and lured law enforcement to an isolated area. Once there, the suspect opened fire on Jim and other deputies using an AK-47 assault rifle at close range. Although Jim was grievously wounded (he was shot four times) he returned fire, and the attacker was killed.
Jim eventually recovered from his injuries, but one of his legs was so badly injured it prevented him from serving as a deputy any longer. Jim had the injured leg amputated and eventually returned to the force with a prosthetic leg below his knee. Jim not only qualified as a deputy sheriff but went on to pass through one of the most rigorous S.W.A.T. program imaginable and graduated top of his class.
Over the past twenty years, Jim has promoted through the ranks, and he is now a lieutenant in charge of a Specialized Investigations Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
“When we discovered what Jim had achieved, especially with our close connection to law enforcement we at MAGLITE were compelled to see his story told,” said Tony Maglica, President and Founder of MAGLITE.
The MAGLITE flashlight that Jim was holding when he was shot is in the MAGLITE archives where it still has an AK-47 round lodged in it. Despite the bullet, the flashlight still worked.
“That round would have hit me in the chest and ended my life had the MAGLITE not stopped it,” said Lt. Jim Considine. “I am thankful to MAGLITE for that and for partnering with the Ontario Reign to tell my story. I hope others take inspiration from it and know that they can achieve what others tell them is not possible if they believe they can.”
The Ontario Reign will honor Lt. Jim Considine as the Hero of the Game on March 14th, at approximately 7:00 p.m., at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
“When we found out what a big hockey fan Jim is (he is a lifelong L.A. Kings Fan) as well as a former hockey player and youth coach we knew we had to do this,” said Darren Abbott, President of LA Kings Minor League Affiliates and an Ontario Reign Representative. We are pleased that MAGLITE brought us this opportunity.