Funeral Video of Officer Amy Caprio – Six Degrees of Separation


I saw a post on Facebook that caught my attention. It was a video of the funeral procession and last call for Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio. The caption, originally posted by Willy Randall stated, “A video made by Detective Schiner of the Baltimore County Police Department… He doesn’t have social media so he asked me to post this for him… R.I.P. Amy #ThinBlueLine.”

Of course I had to watch the video, and truth be told, I find it very difficult to view; especially the “Last Call” at the end.

There are three things that are guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes, “Taps” on a bugle, “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and the “Last Call.” For those who are not familiar with the history of the “Last Call” Wikipedia states:

The tradition of the End Of Watch Call started in the mid 2000s in the East Coast of the United States. As time went by, the tradition spread, and by 2010 it had spread to the West Coast and was common throughout the country. The practice was initially started with police, but spread to Firefighters and Forest Rangers/Wardens. The practice is done in the United States and Canada.

After watching the video, I decided that I was going to post it on the Law Enforcement Today Facebook page, but in order to do that I had to make some changes.

Facebook can be restrictive about the use of copyrighted music on certain types of pages. For that reason I had to change out the original background music and replace it with, Creative Commons licensed songs. In this case I chose two, “The Angels Weep” and “Pensive Piano,” both by Audionautix. Moreover, each one is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution license.

Here is the version of the video with different music. The original creation by Detective Schiner of the Baltimore County Police Department is shared in its original format at the conclusion of this article.

Officer Amy Caprio’s Funeral Procession … Music by Audionautix

It Is a Small World

After watching the new version of the video, I noticed the last name of the detective who created the original video—Schiner. That name brought back good memories of a police officer and Facebook friend that I used to work with in the Baltimore (City) Police Department. His name is Jay Schiner.

We were assigned to the same district as police officers. I remember after a period of time in patrol, he began to pursue a transfer to the Baltimore Police K-9 Division, while I gravitated towards narcotics investigations.

Jay Schiner and I went in different directions and lost touch with each other, until becoming Facebook friends not that long ago.

As a result, I began to wonder if “Detective Schiner” from the Baltimore County Police Department, was in anyway related to the “Jay Schiner” I had worked with in the Baltimore Police Department.

It wasn’t long before I sent him a message asking if there was any relation? As it turns out Detective Schiner is the son of my old side partner in the Baltimore Police Department. What a small world!

Six Degrees of Separation

It was then that I realized, even though I’m in South Florida, and although I am long retired from a nearby, but different department, and had never met Officer Amy Caprio, there was a connection. There is a philosophy called the Six Degrees of Separation. It is described by Wikipedia as:

The idea that all living things and everything else in the world are Six or fewer steps away from each other so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of Six steps. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929 and popularized in an eponymous 1990 play written by John Guare.

If these six degrees of separation are true, then we are all connected in some degree to Amy Caprio. I found out that I am. How about you?


Original Facebook version posted by Willy Randall:

John J. “Jay” Wiley is a retired Baltimore police sergeant and host of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast. Additionally he is a music radio DJ on a popular FM station in the Florida Keys and has many years experience in internet marketing and advertising. You can contact him by email at [email protected].

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