Love … really?
In the past few years, cops have been kicked, spit on, called horrible names, shot and killed.
In the past ten years, one thousand, three hundred and seventy cops have been killed in the line of duty. Yes. THAT’S 1,370 of my brothers and sisters who are no longer with us.
It is 1,370 families who will never completely heal from the wounds they suffered on their awful day.
On the days of their deaths, the cops who worked side by side with the fallen officers died, too. Not literally, of course. But the lives of the thousands of cops who worked with the fallen were marred forever. And, not in a good way.
Then, on TV, we see idiots in demonstrations chanting phrases like this:
“What do we want? Dead cops!”
Whether you are an active cop or retired, you find yourself yelling at the television. In your gut, you want to grab the assholes and punch them with all your might – or worse.
But you can’t. And, even if you could, you wouldn’t.
You and I are above that kind of behavior. That is what is expected of us..
TIME FOR LIVIN’
This is a new time.
It has arrived (in part) because of the horrific things going on in Houston and the surrounding areas in Texas right now.
It has also arrived because the Left, BLM and ANTIFA have arrived at a point where they have lost their credibility with most Americans as a result of their ridiculous words and violent actions.
It has arrived because through it all, law enforcement people have held their heads high and taken the high road.
We are saving lives.
This is a time to be proud.
This is the time to stick out your chest with pride and let your badge shine in the sunlight of this day.
This is the time to remember and (to the best of our ability) help our brothers and sisters in Texas. Just yesterday, the Houston POA sent out a request to the rest of us. Their officers desperately need underwear and socks.
Something so simple as socks and underwear. We take them for granted. Clean ones are in the drawer whenever we need them.
Not for our brothers in Houston.
God love and protect them.
DID YOU SEE THAT?
Due to the marvel of technology, we see cops saving citizens by the thousands.
They are being plucked off of roofs.
They are being pulled out of cars that will be swept away in the storm.
These citizens are often in terribly deep water, trying to save their children and themselves. They are being saved.
Cops – that’s our brothers and sisters – are working around the clock to save others.
There is a picture of one Harris County deputy who had been working for a few days without sleep. God love him.
TIMES, THEY ARE A CHANGIN’
I believe that the vast majority of Americans have always loved, respected and been grateful for the work we cops do on their behalf.
There is nothing that feels so good as having a citizen approach and simply say, “Thank you.”
The Left has tried valiantly to make cops unpopular. They have accused us of being bad, hurting people for no reason and covering up our mistakes. They have done their best to make it politically incorrect to say anything good about cops.
Simply said, Hurricane Harvey has taken the wind out of their sails.
ALL WE NEED IS LOVE
The following are just a few examples about Average Joe cops and the people they serve. They will warm your heart much like it feels when you cuddle a puppy.
These are good cops and GREAT stories.
Police Give Free Hugs at Walmart
Gates Police Department officer Lance Duffy hugs Zachary Rapp, 12, of Greece, NY; Anthony “DJ Baby Boy” Jackson, of Henrietta, NY with Gates Police Department officer J. Coughlin after getting a hug.
About a dozen officers of the suburban Gates Police Department lined up outside the Gates Walmart – to give and get hugs. There were many, many takers. (contributed by Caurie Putnam)
Cop fixes boy’s bike, takes ‘Serve and Protect’ to a whole new level
“I just saw the kids, they needed some help, I helped the kids.” Turns out the boys in blue can fix bikes, too.
At least one of them anyway. A bystander in Shelton, Connecticut, snapped a photo of an officer from the Ansonia Police Department fixing a boy’s bike. (contributed by Ryan Grenoble)
Instead of charging him with shoplifting, officer helps single Dad feed his baby
Roby, an officer with the London Police Department in Kentucky, responded to a routine call for shoplifting, but couldn’t bear to put the suspect in handcuffs. He ended up helping him instead.
According to the Sentinel-Echo, the man was accused of taking only one thing: baby formula, which he needed to feed his 6-month-old son. “Me citing him for court wouldn’t have done any good for him,” Roby told WKYT.
Instead of handcuffs, Roby bought the “speechless” single father several cans of formula, an act of kindness he told LEX18 isn’t really a big deal.
“You see your son or your daughter in that little carrier,” Roby told the station. “And you think what would you want somebody to do for your son or your daughter?“
“Behind the uniform, I’m a human being and I’m a person out in this community just like any of them. I have a little boy. I’m a father just like that gentleman was,” Roby added to WKYT. “We’re not these robots … There’s a human behind the badge.” (contributed by Ryan Grenoble)
Basketball ‘Mystery Cop’ goes one-on-one with kid
Police in San Antonio are searching for a “mystery man,” but it’s not a criminal suspect. It’s one of their own officers who’s been going viral on Facebook.
The officer, who hasn’t been identified, stopped when he saw 12-year-old Jacob Aguirre playing basketball with his brothers.
“I thought I was in trouble when he pulled over,” Aguirre told KENS 5 in San Antonio.
But he wasn’t in trouble. Turns out the cop just wanted to play some one-on-one.
LET IT BE
There are many times and many days when it is difficult – if not impossible – for those of us in blue to remember what the average citizen most values about law enforcement. Our greatest role is making people happy and saving them from harm.
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Bringing happiness can be really tough on a DV call or when there has been a death. Like you, I have done my level best to leave people in better conditions than I found them.
Certainly, that is not always possible. But, I refuse to surrender.
As I write this, I cannot help but think of Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, who died Sunday morning after his patrol vehicle got caught in floodwaters and trapped him. He was trying to save people who were caught in the awful wrath of hurricane Harvey.
Perez demonstrated exactly how far we will go to save our citizens from harm: we will give our own life, if necessary. Rest In Peace, Sgt. Perez.
This day, I encourage each of my brothers and sisters to try and find an opportunity to perform and unexpected act of kindness for someone else.
My mind goes back to one of the first times I was in a cop car. I was with Officer Tim Reetz. It was December, 1996. He made a traffic stop. Driver was a young WF who was speeding. At the end of the stop, Reetz delivered a Christmas card in a sealed envelope (instead of a citation) and told the young lady to open it when she got home.
That young lady will probably remember that act of kindness for the rest of her life.
Can you do something like that? I bet you can.
At the bottom line, this is all about saving just ONE life.
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