Midwest Book Reviews

“Officer Down, Man Up: Putting a Life Back Together Again” is the personal story of Todd Lentocha, a former U.S. Marine who became a police officer and, after five years of service, was blinded in the line of duty in January 2012. Todd Lentocha has faced traumatic brain injury and permanent blindness with humor, determination and support from his loved ones. It is interesting to note that Lentocha utilized a voice-recognition computer program to write the account of his struggle with the editorial aid of Pegi Deitz Shea (a former journalist, publicist, and the author of many children’s book). More than just another ‘comeback’ book about struggling with a disability, “Officer Down, Man Up” is a compelling testament that draws from informative interviews with Lentocha’s neurosurgeon, therapists, and fellow police officers, and reflects what can be accomplished even when confronted with the most dire of circumstances with the right kind of medical, familial, and social support system. As a side note, with the current national dialogue over police misconduct, “Officer Down, Man Up” will serve to remind us all of the sacrifices our policemen and women make in their efforts to secure our peace and safety. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Officer Down, Man Up” is very highly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections.

Midwest Book Reviews, June 2015