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Glenn McIntyre

Reprinted from PN June 2011

In August 1994, PN ran a story about California police officer Glenn McIntyre. The patrolman was 23 years old when, in 1985, a drunken driver hit him, breaking his back in 17 places, as well as his ribs, hip, and knee.

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In August 1994, PN ran a story about California police officer Glenn McIntyre. The patrolman was 23 years old when, in 1985, a drunken driver hit him, breaking his back in 17 places, as well as his ribs, hip, and knee.

McIntyre subsequently became a Teleserve operator at the Oxnard (Calif.) Police Department. For 14 years, he handled calls on such matters as spousal battery, rape, theft, burglary, and civil problems. He also became a popular speaker, a nationally ranked wheelchair-tennis player, and an instructor at California State University–Northridge.

McIntyre recognized many changes that were needed in law enforcement. He was instrumental in the creation of the first California state laws requiring training include disability awareness. In connection with this, he designed an instructional series for agencies around the country and a quick-reference pocket card listing all laws pertaining to people with disabilities.

In 1989, he and his wife founded their first company, Access Designs. They provided on-site facility evaluations for corporations and government agencies and made recommendations about architectural and attitudinal barriers.

Sadly, McIntyre recently passed away. Known as an achiever, he tried to excel in everything he did. Through it all, he was adamant about one thing: People shouldn’t depend on their disabilities to get ahead.

 

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