Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Every 53 hours a police officer is killed in the line of duty....

The blue line represents all law enforcement who daily protect this nation. The black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen officers.

These statistics are something I typically put out of my mind and try not to dwell on, but when I see them, they chill me to the bone. I can't help but think of my husband and other officers I know every time I read these: Every 27 minutes a police officer is seriously injured in the line of duty, every 53 hours an officer is killed in the line of duty, the number one killer is gun fire and the second is car wrecks. Recent events have compelled me to write something honoring our fallen heroes. The ones that walk the streets at home every day and every night. Some you never hear about in the media and bigger ones you do, such as the recent 4 gunned down while sitting in a coffee shop, getting ready to start their shift, in Washington. 1 husband, 3 wives and 9 children lost their wife, husbands, mother and fathers. Also in the last week. among many others, an officer was killed next door in AL. He leaves behind a wife and two small children. He was gunned down on a routine traffic stop (as so many are), by a pharmacist. A PHARMACIST, someone that is not thought to be dangerous. Officers are killed just doing their job, or in the case of the 4 WA and the 4 PA officers they are killed simply for wearing their uniform. Please take a moment each day to pray for the safety of our heroes here at home. They are more than police officers, they are dads, moms, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, Christians, and many other things. Most of all they are heroes. Every time they put on that uniform they know there is a chance they may not come home. I say a prayer for my husband, his fellow officers, his department and all the other officers (and when I say officer I mean police officer, detective, deputy sheriff, state patrol,Sgt., Lt.,etc. they are all one in the same, they are officers) every day and often more than just once or twice a day. They are a band of brotherhood (or sisterhood ;-) ) and they are our American Heroes. We stand behind them, we are the family standing behind the badge and our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen heroes and their departments, families and friends left behind, especially their spouses and children who suffer the most. Next time you see an officer of the law, say thank you. You have no idea what they go through for you.