Blue Bloods: Meet A Real-Life Family Of NYPD Officers

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — CBS’ hit new show “Blue Bloods” profiles a family of cops, but there’s an entire family of real-life NYPD officers who make some pretty interesting characters themselves.

Meet the Baumeisters: Jack, John, Brian, and John Jr.

“Obviously, we’re not royalty – ‘Blue Bloods’ is our version of royalty,” John Baumeister said. “We’re all police officers, and we carry on that tradition like my grandfather, my father, and [my grandfather’s] father before him.”

In the televised version, Tom Selleck stars as the police commissioner, surrounded by a family of cops, including his detective son Donnie Wahlberg. Bridget Moynahan, his only daughter, is an assistant district attorney, while the youngest son is a recent police academy graduate is played by Will Estes.

The family in real life is headed by Jack Baumeister who, after nearly 20 years of service, retired in 1982. His son, John, is a detective with the 46th Precinct, and his nephew, Brian, is a relative newcomer to the force.

“He’s definitely the rookie because he’s got three years on, so he’s the younger brother who doesn’t know anything about being a cop just yet,” John said.

“Tom Selleck and I look so much alike, for me it’s really enjoyable,” Jack said. “We’re almost like twins.”

“By default, I guess, I would be Wahlberg because of the detective thing,” John said.

Jack and John aren’t the only cops in the family, said Officer Brian Baumeister, as they were instrumental in helping him choose his career path.

“Just hearing the stories, it’s just something that you aspire to be,” Brian said.

So what do they think of the show’s police work?

“The show is pretty good, it’s right on target,” Jack said.

“It’s pretty realistic as far as showing the Wahlberg character,” John said. “The detective squad scenes and him talking to people and interviewing people, I’d say that’s pretty right-on accurate.”

Just as accurate, they said, are the show’s heated Sunday family dinner conversations.

“It’s actually funny to see it portrayed on television,” John said.

There’s one thing the Reagan family on “Blue Bloods” doesn’t do nearly as much as the Baumeisters, though, and that’s tease each other.

“The cops were tougher back then,” Jack said. “You ask my father, he’ll tell you.”

“They carried rocks in their pockets and just threw them at people,” John said.

There’s no doubt the spirit will be passed down to the next generation of Baumeister police officers, along with a love of the job.

“It really is the greatest job in the world,” John said.

Of course, it’s also one of the most dangerous jobs. In 2006, John Baumeister was stabbed while making an arrest, and he spent 15 days in the hospital. He was back on his feet and back to work, he said, as soon as he possibly could.

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  1. Helene Benado says:

    I would like to know if the future holds a love story for the commissioner. tom Selleck is so perfect in the role. He just needs a girlfriend. By the way I’m available…..

  2. JOE MCINTYRE says:

    HI JACK: JOE MCINTYRE HERE (JIM’S BROTHER). ENJOYING “YOUR” SHOW EVERY WEEK. ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT AS MUCH AS I DID MINE.

  3. motiph says:

    THIS IS WHAT MAKES THIS COUNTRY GREAT PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS WITHOUT PENALTY, HOWEVER YOU CAN NOT SCREAM FIRE IN A CROWDED ROOM BECAUSE YOU WILL BE INDICTED FOR ALL INJURIES/AND DAMAGES CAUSED BY YOUR INCITEMENT.
    IT IS OBVIOUS POWERS THAT BE ARE VERY RESOURCEFUL/CREATIVE IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS WHEN THERE ARE CONDITIONS TO CORRECT AND AT TIMES MORALITY IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED HOWEVER THE REASONING FOR THOSE INNOVATIONS IS BECAUSE LIKE ANY DISEASE THEY ADAPT/BECOME IMMUNE TO TREATMENT PEOPLE DON’T REMAIN NAIVE IF YOU PREVENTION DOES NOT BECOME THE MAIN GOAL IT WILL SPREAD A LA THE ILLEGAL/LEGAL DRUG CULTURE HUMANS WILL CULTIVATE ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO CREATE A MIND ALTERING SUBSTANCE TO USE/SELL COP BARS SPEAK EASYS ILLEGAL SOCIAL CLUBS ETC. WE AS PEOPLE DON’T TRUELY BELIEVE IN KARMA HOWEVR IT STRIKES UNEXPECTEDLY THE PEOPLE OPPRESSED/ THE PEOPLE WHO PROTECTS BECOME YOUR SAVIOR WILL CREATE A CHANGE BEHAVIORS CREATES SUB CULTURES THAT STARTS WITH GREAT INTENTIONS HOWEVER IT SPIRALS INTO EVENTS THAT LEAD TO GANG/MOB US AGAINST THEM CULTURE AND FORCE THE INTEGRITY CREATING SERPICOS/SCHOOLCRAFTS COUNCILMAN BARRON/AL SHARPTONS GUARDIAN ANGELS IT IT SO MANY POINTS THAT I CAN MAKE SO LETS JUST BUILD COMMUNITY AND NOT INDIFFERENCES WE ALLOW THE STREET CULTURE AND PRISON CULTURE FEED OFF EACH OTHER WHY CAN’T WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL SYSTEM FEED OFF EACH OTHER LET ME END THIS LET THE LIFE YOU SAVE BE YOUR OWN AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LIVES YOU CREATE PEACE

  4. Bluewall VonBluestedt says:

    Yeah really easy to criticize the police when your an internet tough guy. You’ve never done anything to help your community and your a drain on society. Lest we forget the 80’s when the public clammered for the police to use any means necessary to bring us the peaceful city we have today. You try patrolling the bronx in gang territory and being shot at from dark alleys. You wouldn’t do it. Why? Cause you have never done anything honorable with your life. If you wanted to change the way police do business you would join them, but here you are posting comments on a website nobody will ever see. Real activist. You have no principles. Stop acting like you live by them.

    R.I.P all the fallen in the line of duty.
    Salute to all those who are liiving it.
    A city soon forgets the sacrifices of its servants.

  5. Johnny says:

    Wow, real American Heros, snooze. I love how they use the term “Dangerous Job” to justify how important they must feel writing garbage tickets to generate revenue for the city and harrassing people for no reason.
    Thank god the proliferation of video cameras truly expose just how violent and corrupt these “heros” really are toward civilians.

  6. the Takeova says:

    Damn generations of police brutality….I can imagine there stories at thanksgiving

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