Sadly, some of our men and women don’t make it home at the end of their shift, and their families never see them again. These brave individuals sacrificed their lives so that others may live. As of April 17, 2013, thirty-three officers have perished in performance of their duties. Their names will soon be added on the LE Memorial in Washington, D.C., alongside those of their colleagues who have similarly been called to be with the Lord.
This year’s National Police Week is scheduled from Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th. If you have never attended this sacrosanct event, prepare yourself for a flood of emotions. The enormity of what police officers and their families endure to ensure everyone’s safety is painfully apparent during the weeklong event. Watch as spouses, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, touch their hands to their loved one’s inscribed name on the low-slung wall of the Memorial. Try to hold back tears during the Candlelight Vigil, as the names of the officers are solemnly read aloud. I guarantee it won’t be easy. Each time I visit the Memorial and brush my fingers over the half dozen names of officers I’ve known, I say a silent prayer of remembrance and thanks. Heroes.
Why did I become a cop? For the same reason that all of you did - because we were called. It’s not a job, it’s a vocation. You don’t become a cop for the money; you serve because you want to make a difference. Most times we love what we do. Sometimes it’s almost more than we can handle. There is no other calling that compares to that of a cop, nor are there any finer men and women. My thanks to each of you for your service, and my prayers that St. Michael with watch over you.
Stay safe, Brothers and Sisters!