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Douglas J. Vaughn graduated with honors from the New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.  He is a former United States Marine and Vietnam veteran, having served as a forward observer for artillery, naval gunfire and air strikes.  He spent most of his thirteen-month tour in Vietnam just below the Demilitarized Zone near the Cua Viet River with the 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion where he served with Ron Kovic, the author of “Born on the Fourth of July.


Douglas Vaughn is also a veteran of the New York City Police Department.  While assigned to the 48th Precinct in the South Bronx, he gave technical advice to Paul Newman during the filming of “Fort Apache The Bronx.”  He also worked in the 20th Precinct on Manhattan’s upper West Side and in the Highway Patrol Unit. Douglas Vaughn He spent his final years with the Police Department planning escorts for dignitaries and was forced to retire in his twentieth year due to an injury incurred while escorting former President George H.W. Bush.  He is also one of the 200, or so, officers who has been awarded the Police Combat Cross since its inception in 1934.  This second highest Department award is given for “exemplification of extraordinary bravery in armed combat.”


Douglas Vaughn is the author of From the Heights.  According to the book description of From the Heights, it “begins in the New York City of the 1930’s and takes the reader to the war in the Pacific and the secret workings of the OSS in Italy and Switzerland during World War II.  It is a story of the privileged that summer in South Hampton and the poor who swim in the Harlem River.  It is a story of social climbing and empire building.  It follows the lives and loves of two generations and delves into the inner workings of the New York City Police Department and battles fought by United States Marines in Vietnam. 


But more than anything else, it is a story of love won and love lost and how pride, prejudice and good intentions can lead to fates and consequences unintended and undreamed of.


Val Greene, a high ranking member of the CIA keeps a secret from his best friend, Danny Blaine, the owner of the largest privately owned real estate company in the world.  The two serve together with the OSS in Northern Italy during World War II and remain lifelong friends.  Val keeps this secret, made reluctantly, but with the best of intentions, for decades.  It changes the course of many lives and will eventually devastate the two friends and reach far into the next generation of Blaines and Greenes.


The truth will finally come out, but no one involved will remain unscarred.  Some will loose everything while others will become rich.  Some will be killed and others will kill.  One will commit acts of cruelty unthinkable to most.  One will put an end to his life and another will go into seclusion.  One will grow up not knowing who he really is.  And, the most confident one of all will enter a world of unreality, never to return.”

According to one reader of From the Heights, “I loved this book! It was every emotion wrapped up into a wonderful package. I had a great time reading it. I ordered one for my boss and his wife as well. Great job, Doug. So...when is the next one coming out?”

From The Heights
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From the history of the New York City Police Department 
This action was repeated up to October 26, 1700, when the Mayor was ordered to appoint a Constables' Watch, to consist of a Constable and twelve able men, to be the Watch of the city, "to take care, and keep, and preserve the peace, etc., and that the constables of each ward do take their guns, and that the High Constable take care that the said Watch be duly set and kept, and that the Mayor provide fire and wood for the same."

Two years subsequently it was ordered that all persons summoned to do duty on the Constables' Watch who should neglect or refuse to serve, for every such offence should forfeit the sum of six shillings.

The old "Stadt Huys" at Coentis Slip had become so dilapidated that the Mayor and Corporation--finding it impossible to meet there any longer--were compelled to remove to the house of George Reparreck, next door, it was therefore, resolved to sell this rickety structure and to build a new Stadt Huys.

The principal event, it is averred, which settled the character of Wall Street as the centre of interest in the city, and which brought about it the leading men of business and professional life, was the erection (1699) of the City hall, opposite Broad Street, which building became afterward the Capitol of the United States, and the site of which is still in use for public purposes. The upper end of Broad Street was considerably elevated, and there was no continuation of the street beyond the City wall (Wall Street). although a lane had been marked out on the present line of Nassau Street, which, being afterwards improved, was designated as "the street that runs by the pie-woman's." The design of the proposed building, by John Evetts, architect, was submitted in 1698, and the pan was approved. The foundation was laid in the fall of 1699, and the building was finished in the following year. The City hall remained in use for the objects for which it was erected for about a century, and was demolished in 1812, when the present City Hall was built. It is thus described: "The first floor was entered by a flight of steps in front, which led into a corridor more then half the building in width, extending through to the rear. On the west side of hall there was a room in the front appropriated to the fire engine of the City, and a dungeon in the rear for criminals. On the opposite side was a branch of the hall opening into the keeper's room in the rear, and in front into a stairway to the second story. This story was occupied in the centre above the hall by the court room, having on the east side--above the engine-house--the jury-room. The opposite side was mostly taken up by the stairway, except the Common Council room, which was in the northeast corner. The garret was used as the debtor's prison." As one of the adjuncts of the seat of justice, a cage, pillory and stocks were set up in the public thoroughfare on the opposite side of the street. After the revolutionary war this building received additional historic interest as the Capitol of the nation and the first place of meeting of the Congress of 1789.

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