Editor’s Note:   The actual author of this writing is unknown. It was discovered on Facebook by a member of the crew of CopBlue. I believe it delivers a poignant message for every American Street Cop.

A Police Officer with PTSD fell into a hole and couldn’t get out. When a civilian walked by, the Police Officer called out for help, but the civilian yelled back, “Suck it up, you signed up for this, and dig deeper,” then threw down a shovel.

The Police Officer followed directions and dug that hole deeper.


An Administrator walked by and the Police Officer called out for help again. The Administrator said, “Use the tools and online training that has been given to you”, then threw down a bucket.

The Police Officer used the tools and he dug the hole deeper still and filled the bucket.



A psychiatrist walked by. The Police Officer called, “Help! I can’t get out!”  So, the psychiatrist tossed down some drugs and said, “Take this. It will relieve the pain and you will forget about the hole.”

The Police Officer said, “Thanks”, and followed his advice, but when the pills ran out he was still in the hole.


A well-known psychologist rode by and heard the Police Officer’s cries for help. He stopped and asked, “How did you get there? Were you born there? Did your parents put you there? Tell me about yourself, it will alleviate your sense of loneliness.”

So the Police Officer talked with him for an hour, then the psychologist had to leave, but he said he’d be back next week. The Police Officer thanked him, but was still in the hole.


Another Police Officer happened to be passing by. The one with PTSD cried out, “Hey brother, help me. I’m stuck in this hole!” and right away the other Police Officer jumped down into the hole. The Police Officer with PTSD started to panic and said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck down here!”

But the other Police Officer just smiled and replied, “It’s okay. I’ve been here before … I know how to get out.”


If you made it to the end of this post and feel like you’re in a hole with no way out, reach out to me. My contact information is below.

Or, call one of the numbers below:

Copline (1-800-267-5463), an organization dedicated to serving law enforcement officers and their families.

Safe Call Now (1-206-459-3020) is one of the organizations that offers those services specifically for first responders.

National suicide hotline 1-800-273-8255.

“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.


I am here for my Brothers and Sisters in Blue 24×7. If you need an ear; someone who will listen without judgement call me at (386) 763-3000 or email me at Jim@CopBlue.com.

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