911 WEAR, INC.
The Short Mic
Michael Timothy Short
May, 2003, my son, Michael Timothy Short, a Level One
Officer (Badge # 225) with the San Fernando Police Department (CA), was
talking to me about some of his law enforcement experiences. One thing
that concerned Michael was how easily his portable radio microphone
could become dislodged. He said that it sometimes fell off his shirt
during foot pursuits or while physically arresting someone. He was
concerned about the increased risk this posed to law enforcement
personnel in general. Mike told me that he was in the process of
inventing a prototype device which would help keep the microphone from
falling completely off the uniform shirt, which would therefore keep it
readily available to allow communications to occur.
my 35-plus years of manufacturing experience, Michael asked me to help
him by discussing refining and manufacturing this device. We agreed to
have dinner on Tuesday evening, May 27, 2003. On Tuesday, before our
dinner date, I stopped by Mike's office and picked up a prototype Mic
Holder. Shortly afterward, at about 4:00 P.M., Michael called and told
me that the police department needed him, and that we needed to
reschedule our dinner to Wednesday, May 28th. That meeting never
occurred. Michael passed away early Wednesday morning, the 28th of May,
For nearly four years, the prototype of the microphone
safety holder which Michael gave me remained in my office (which I
actually refer to as Michael's office). It was there surrounded by
Michael's photos and all his awards. There are awards from The City of
San Fernando, the San Fernando Police Department, the County of Los
Angeles, and more from the State of California. Unbeknownst to me, Mike
had distributed some of these prototype Mic Holders to his peers at San
Fernando P.D. prior to his death.
Over the years, I've stayed in
touch with Michael's Field Training Officer and close friend, Adrian
Flores, and we have become very close friends. In early 2007, Adrian
called and told me that another San Fernando Reserve Officer, Art
Lesmez (who first met Michael when Art was teaching at the Los Angeles
Sheriff's Department Academy where Michael attended and who later
with Michael in Patrol), wanted to reach the family regarding
continuing the production of the microphone safety device. Adrian then
proceeded to tell me that new officers had been asking how they could
get one of the prototype microphone holders.
I called Art and we
met. He told me that he felt that Michael had devised a tactical item
which would be very well received in law
services, as well as other related fields, as an important safety tool.
He explained how it worked and why it was so valuable. Art and I
collaborated, modified and improved on the design Michael had
We believe that the widespread introduction and use
of this device will reduce the potential for injury and save lives in
the emergency services community, as it has in the City of San
Fernando. Subsequently, my daughter-in-law (Michelle), Art, my wife
(Carol), and I, formed a corporation: MTS 911 WEAR, INC. We filed an
application for a patent for this device, which we named THE SHORT MIC
HOLDER, a play on words for Michael Short's prototype device. We hope
you'll use your SHORT MIC HOLDER on every shift.
Michael Timothy Short's
Timothy Short's name was enscribed on the
National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial in May, 2010.