Officer Shannon Leeper’s chapter “One Good Shot,” about euthanizing a deer in suburban Lenexa, KS makes me want to join her on a ride along just to hear more of her stories. Blogger “Tired Dispatcher” contributed two essays and talks frankly and accurately about the dispatch profession. “Not unlike people who have lost their sight,” she writes, “we don’t get to use our eyes to observe the body language of someone.” I agree with her that dispatchers truly have a "super power" - their hearing. I also agree with “Tired Dispatcher” that dispatchers are heroes too, but they don’t always get the recognition they deserve.
Reverend Jan Heglund accurately describes what it feels like to be a patrol officer “stuck” with the chaplain ride along (and how she gets cops to talk to her) in her warmly written essay “Do I Have to Talk About God In This Small Space?” Former transportation deputy Mickey Koerner talks about all she learned working on “the inside” doing a job she never really intended to have. Your heart will break when you read Deputy/Paramedic Melanie Draft’s essay “The Storm” about finding a lost three year old boy too late. And the book’s first chapter, retired Chicago police officer Arlene Ajello’s story of her work at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks will fill you with incredible pride and gratitude, just like it did me.
Author John Wills hopes that “Warrior Women” is read by law enforcement and by citizens who want to know more about the profession or just want to understand. He also wants people to see that “everyone chooses law enforcement for different reasons” and the women in his book are no different than women in any other line of work. We’re here to do a job, to support our families, to try and help our communities, and so much more.
The book’s forward is written by my friend Dr. Ellen Kirschman, author of “I Love A Cop,” “I Love A Firefighter” and a forthcoming book for professionals on how to treat and counsel those in the public safety profession. The stories inside are compelling, funny, frightening, and intense, just like this job. It’s a great read and I recommend that you put “Woman Warriors: Tales From the Thin Blue Line” on your own reading list, I’m so glad that I did!
John Wills: http://www.johnmwills.com/
The Book: http://womenwarriorsbook.com/