Dear Silent Majority, They Need You.

My name isn’t Elizabeth Shiftwell but I am the author of “Dear Officer, I See You” and “Dear Officer’s Wife, I See You Too.”   To my surprise, both blogs went viral within a couple of hours.  I have to be honest.  Watching the world share my words throughout social media has been one of the most fascinating things that has ever happened to me.  When I initially wrote it, I wrote it for myself.  I had been carrying around the weighty emotion behind those words for a long time.  I had wanted to write out my thoughts for a significant amount of time but knew that it would bring substantial backlash from a divided America.  This is why I chose to write it under an alias.

After I hit submit, I watched the comments fall into place.  And, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  Of course there were several comments that fell to both sides of the extreme.  They were the comments that disappointed me.  But, the vast majority was heart touching.  Officers from New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Boston, and the rest of the country started chiming in.  And they all seemed to have a pretty common theme.

 “I needed to see this today.”

“This touched my heart.  Thank you for reminding me why I do what I do.”

“Thank you for being a voice for us.” 

As they continued to sound off from across the United States, I had this sort of epiphanic moment.  It was sudden and almost took the breath out of me.  I realized that they were all hurting.  They were hurting even more than I even realized; even though I am married to a man in uniform.  They are hurting on a level that only they can truly understand.  And, you’ll be hard pressed to find an officer who wants to talk about their feelings.  You’ll be hard pressed to find one that will allow you to see how deeply this has affected them.  And, You’ll be hard pressed to find an officer that will tell you that they need you.  The world doesn’t allow them to be weak.  The world doesn’t allow them to be human.  And the world most definitely doesn’t allow them to defend their character on the same level it has been assassinated.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are some big public voices out there that are very supportive of the Law Enforcement family.  I feel like I can speak for most of them when I say that it does not go unappreciated.  We need these big voices to be heard but even more so, we need those who are being silent to speak up.  We need the people who are angry in silence to find their voices.  We need the people who are ready for change to actively pursue it instead of only discussing it at their dinner table.   They need you, silent majority.  They need to know that you have their backs.  They need to know that you see what is happening to them.  Because right now, it feels like voices like @alisonsports are the ones being heard; voices that are calling for the demise of every law enforcement officer’s life.

Alison Sports

And Jovonne Henderson, a man who is calling for the kidnapping and the attacks on the innocent children of Police Officers.

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Unfortunately, that is just a small sample of an all too common dialog.  And, this is exactly why they are hurting.  They are hurting because, at some point, it stopped being about people hating them and it started becoming about the well being of their families.  They signed up to protect you and me.  They signed up to protect our families and the least we can do is prove to them that their sacrifices are worth it.

I am so tired of people saying “It’s their job” or “They signed up for it.”  When I was 8 months pregnant, I woke up to a 4AM phone call.  As soon as I heard his voice, I knew something was wrong.  My husband had been involved in a shoot out that started off as a fire call.  He was the first responder.  I’m still not sure how he managed to come home that night.  I could have easily woken up to the Chief of Police knocking at my door.  I still believe to this day that it was only by the grace of God that I didn’t.  Some could even argue that I signed up for it when I said “I do.”  That’s where so many people are wrong.  We can’t minimize the sacrifice of people who defend our country, whether it be here or abroad, by saying that they died because it was their job.  That shifts the responsibility off of the person who took their life and puts it in the hands of the officer.  They deserve better than that.

We can’t allow these men and women to feel isolated or, quite frankly, people will stop signing up for it.  Yes, you’re right.  It is their job, but it takes a special kind of person to know what it’s like to know that your life is on the line.  I feel that a breaking point is coming.  I feel like the next tragedy is right around the corner.  I’d even wager that it always is.  Even though they are being executed, assaulted, attacked, and belittled, they will continue to rise up against the faces of evil.  Even though people do not appreciate them, they’ll still pull them from the wreckage, rescue them from a fire, and run towards the danger while everyone else is running to safety.  For every tweet and facebook calling for their lives, there are 5 moments just like this.

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And this.

Officer delivers baby in NJ

Officer delivers baby in NJ

They deserve your voices, America.  They are hurting and it’s our responsibility to carry some of their burden.  Let’s speak up. It’s time to be heard.

Sounds Off, America.

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Much Love to our Heroes.

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42 Responses to Dear Silent Majority, They Need You.

  1. You are, once again, spot on with this post. While they don’t acknowledge it or speak of it, there is a definite change in my husband and his fellow officers. We need to be their voices now more than ever. Please keep doing what you are doing! I experienced my first “hate comments’ directed at my blog this week, and it was a small measure of what our officers are facing daily. Wishing safety from our law enforcement family to yours. Best, Karen

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  2. Marsha Brown says:

    Thank you for your posts. I am a wife and sister of police officers and some days it is really hard to allow my husband to walk out that door. But he took an oath, and he will protect and serve with the best of his ability all those who hate and curse him. God Bless You and may God Bless and protect all our law enforcement officers, every day, everywhere.

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  3. Denise says:

    #ihearyou
    #wivesbleedbluetoo

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  4. Brenda Warner says:

    Your words are so profound and my heart smiles when I hear your truth. I’ve noticed lately that when my LEO and I are at a restaurant eating and he is in uniform, I have caught glares and on the flip side, people have shook his hand and have said, “be safe … thank you for what you do”. I can tell you personally that they need more of that. Underneath that uniform is someones son or daughter or husband or wife with feelings just like the next guy. People join the force to make a difference … a positive difference. People join a gang to do wrong. Choose a side … God said free will, but I will stand by what’s right any day. Why should someone be ridiculed for doing what is right. Is it always perfect? No. Bit neither are people. Remember that verse, “…he who throws the first stone”? Where is Hollywoods voices? I know it is officers who protect them when they have to do public engagements. If you don’t like cops, at least stand up for what is right … OBEY the law then at least respect the peace keeper. It’s more than a job … it is a calling. Let’s see…pay them for walking into God only knows what (because after all, they are expected to be mind readers) … then we couldn’t afford them. Or lets pay Hollywood millions for entertaining us. Where’s the logic? And what about just be kind? If everyone would just obey and do what is morally right then all things like respect, kindness and peace would fall into place, no matter your title, label or pedigree. GOD SPEED!

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  5. An NYPD wife says:

    You’re words hit home because you understand and for me, those words and this group remind me that I’m not alone. For this, I am thankful. I have found myself surprised in the way the nation and the city has turned their back on law enforcement officers and in some cases, even our dearest of friends. I agree that we can’t be silent. 16 years later and I am still so proud to be a LEO wife.

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  6. KeyWestFLmls says:

    Did you ever imagine when we were kids that it would be cool to wear a Tshirt that said, “Thug Life?”

    Did you ever imagine that crack sellers become rich selling music glorifying a criminal life style?

    Community service needs to become a part of all sentencing and probation periods. “Giving” and “Serving” others changes a person’s mind and soul.

    Increasing our PAL programs for childen across the country should be our top priority. There is a famous saying by a catholic priest that if you have a child until he’s six you have him for life.

    We need to reach people in our community when they are 5 to 18 years old. We need to start with the children. The adults will follow the children. The children are the future.

    I see LEOs officers across the country taking kids shopping and buying things for people. This isn’t a good idea. The money and gifts won’t be remembered. Our money won’t be appreciated. Our money won’t change the public’s opinion.

    The time we volunteer with the children in our communities will be remembered by those children for the rest of their lives.

    A child’s involvement in PAL could influence a parent’s outlook on LEOs. A child’s involvenent with PAL will influence their peers to participate. I see our PAL kids bringing their friends to class.

    We can all participate. In addition to the traditional sports programs we can add any class that an LEO, LEO wife, parent or local business wants to help teach and volunteer some of their time for.

    We added a Brazilian Jiu jitsu PAL program in our community. In the past boxing, yoga and Muay Thai kickboxing have been offered.

    We could offer any PAL program: yoga, pottery, tutoring kids. We just need volunteers who care about the art. We have more people on the PAL Board than we have vunteeers teaching.

    I know that we’re making a difference in lives through our PAL program in our community. We’re bonding with our kids and our community.

    We cannot afford to BUY LIKES by taking kids shopping and buying a family a Christmas tree. There isn’t enough money to buy the public. And we shouldn’t.

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    • Donna Vidal says:

      I hate what is being said about the men and women who for every milisecond they are “on the job”( are they ever OFF the job??!!) They are putting their very life on the line FOR ME!! THANKS is not nearly enough! ! I try to teach all young ones I can that these men are our friends and protectors! That we MUST respect them…WE MUST!! THEY ARE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST HARM AND WRONG DOING! WE MUST OBEY THEIR COMMANDS…NO MATTER WHAT!! It is for OUR VERY OWN PROTECTION!
      How can we stop this madness against them? For it MUST BE STOPPED!!
      MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE……you have my HEARTFELT THANKS..and even MORE RESPECT. May I offer my humble Thanks to you and yours!!

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  7. Shelley says:

    My heart sank when I read this. I was 4.5 months pregnant the night I got the call. My husband had only been on duty an hour and a half when the phone rang. He told me he would be coming home early. I, too, could hear trouble in his voice. That’s when he said the words I will never ever forget. “I just did what no officer ever wants to have to do.” No explanation was needed. I kept it together best I could until we got off the phone. I remember dropping to my knees and thanking God for protecting him. I remember feeling our son kick and thinking of how differently things could have been – that I could have been raising our baby by myself. Ever since Ferguson, my hear has ached for Darren Wilson and his family. It had been 7 years for us, but the memories are still there, as are the emotions at times. Thank you so much for putting into words what so many of us feel.

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    • Jozett Johnson says:

      Bless your heart. I’m so sorry for what your family has endured. Sane people understand that no officer takes any joy in being forced to take a life. And that the effects of that night are felt forever by the LEO and their spouses. I’m glad your husband made it home that night. And your child still has his daddy. Bless you all. I care.

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  8. Ann says:

    Tuesday my husband returns to patrol. On his last patrol March of 2014, I got the call and the knock. He had been injured responding to a burglary. From the phone all I could make out was sounds of radios and sirens. But the knock was clear, I found I struggled to answer, if they didn’t speak maybe it wasn’t happening. As he begins his patrol again I find I have so much fear. I’m a retired investigator after I broke my back working a case. So I know the neighborhoods he goes to work in. I met him there. I know the looks and the comments. I want to thank all of you because yes he shows no fear going out again. I read you quotes and comments and I think hey that’s exactly what I wanted to say or how I feel. So I’ll be strong on Tuesday and keep in mind Courage is not the absent of fear but the fact something is more important than the fear.
    Thank you to all of you, today you made a difference in our home. I have been leading our neighborhood here in Chicago as we tie blue ribbons, just to keep my mind off his impending date. But you understand I’m faking every smile.

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    • Connie says:

      Dear Ann,

      Even though we’ve never met, we are family. I pray for law enforcement each and every day. I pray no family member hears that knock, ever.

      I encourage you to reach out to fellow LEOW’s for support, if you haven’t already. I have found a wonderful support system through Wives Behind the Badge’s secure online forums. It is a sisterhood like no other.

      A special prayer for strength and safety will be said for you and your husband Tuesday.

      Sincerely,
      Connie
      Fellow LEOW

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      • erin0606 says:

        Hi Connie,

        You had suggested the Wive’s Behind the Badge online forum last week. I went on and created an account at which point it said I need to wait for approval. I haven’t heard anything back and still can’t read or post on the site. Would you have any advice as to what I can do so I may start participating?

        Thank you!
        Erin

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  9. Enough is enough. I’m the proud Wife of a Sergeant who works in Washington DC. I’ve watched the madness grow, the anti-cop sentiment, with people such as the Reverand Al Sharpton preaching hate and violence against my husband, his friends, and the men and women who watch his back, right in the heart of our City, as they stood there listening, defending him and all others there that day. Watching as riots spread from city to city like wild fire, in a case that should never have been about race to begin with.
    I sat there Angry and Silent. And decided I couldn’t be any longer. With 2 other Policewives, we are hosting the End The Madness ~ Sea of Blue DC March and Rally on January 17. From noon -3pm. We are starting at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and Marching to the Capital. We want to show all Law Enforcement that we Know what they are laying on that Line every day. And we SUPPORT them ALL THE WAY. This is our way of saying Thank You.

    We are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/809727462418694
    And Twitter: @etm11715
    Please come join us!! We want to send the largest message to them that we can.
    ~Rachel

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    • I joined the page! Would love to chat, Rachel. Can you email me at policelivesmatter2014@gmail.com?

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    • Marshall Holloway says:

      Sharpton is only one of the miscreants who cause trouble when an event of the type they like to hook onto takes place. Most of the crowds that cause trouble are outsiders, or thugs looking for an opportunity to loot and steal. Curfew might help some but I think when something like that happens they should block the streets and escort any outsiders through the city and send them on their way. People these days are afraid of offending the ones who are the most offensive, in the name of political correctness.
      I am 85 years old and don’t have any time to put up with the foolishness that goes on these days.

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  10. Sue Lange says:

    thank you for saying what so many of us wished we had the words for. I am a police survivor – my husband was killed in the line of duty 26 years ago answering a domestic call at one of our neighbors. Because of what he did, a 5 month old child and a sixteen year old mother lived. He loved his job because he could help people – he chose to see the good in people far more often than perhaps they deserved. He took groceries out of our cupboards to help those who had none because even though I used a strict budget, he said we had so much we had to share. With all that has been happening the past few months, my heart hurts because I know that the greatest majority of the men and women who serve in law enforcement are like my husband. They are special. I fear for all of them and chose to have blue lights shining so those who pass my home know how much I appreciate them and pray for them.

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  11. 4yoinfo916 says:

    Hi my name is Arley. My husband is a California Highway Patrol Officer. September of 2012 my husband’s co worker from his office was shot and killed by a antarcist . When that happened it made me hate for him to go to work. Now all this is happening and it brings me back to that day. I have my blue light up and so does my neighbor that is also a officer and it heart warming to see all the lights. God bless all of our officers that put ther lives on the line for us. Thank you very much!

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  12. Pepper's Owl says:

    Thank you! As an officer’s wife, this subject has been weighing heavy on my heart lately and I haven’t been able to find the words to express it, but you said it perfectly! Your posts have been so encouraging, especially when this LEOW life feels lonely at times. Thank you.

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  13. Kathi Ford says:

    Thank you from my heart for your articles. I am the wife of a retired Police Officer and the mom of two active Police Officers. Our men and women need our support. Thank you again. God Bless

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  14. Susan says:

    Thank you for all your articles — I have shared them all. I am the wife of a Colorado State Trooper. I have always been proud of him for the path he has chosen, and I know I could never do his job. I have accepted the risks that come with his job, every day he leaves for work, and we pray for his safe return each and every day. Thankfully nothing has ever happened and he has always come home safely to me and our two children. He has always been excited and proud of what he does too — until recently. After 20 years on the job, retirement can’t come soon enough ( still 6 years away, according to his plan). He is tired of the negativity toward his job, every day it seems he reports to me that another cop is dead somewhere is in the U.S. The political/politically correct “way of doing things” is wearing him down. He can no longer go out and do his job — they have to make everyone else happy first. They no longer are looked upon as the heroes it seems, but rather the bad guys. It’s tiring. For him and for me. After 20 years of being proud, we are both ready for the day when we no longer have to worry and deal with the minority voices that feel like the majority, because that is all we hear. Thank you for your words that you have shared with the world — every police family everywhere needs to hear them.

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  15. monica says:

    They do need us.
    I am one of many Deputy/Police wives on twitter showing our support for our men and women in Blue,tweeting positive messages and trying to out ‘tweet’ the hate and the haters.We will never give up the fight over the evil and their disgusting words of hate!
    Thank you for sharing your words they are AWESOME and well needed!

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  16. erin0606 says:

    A family friend, who is a retired deputy here in San Diego, shared one of your posts with me as I am the wife of a San Diego deputy and then I found your page. You have said everything I have been feeling, all the frustration, fear, anger, pride in my husband and his team, etc. I am so glad I found your blog. Does anyone know if there is a kind of private online community for LEOW’s? I would love to join one and this blog has just made me more aware of how wonderful it is to know there are others out there in my and my husband’s situation who know what we are feeling and going through.

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  17. Linda Schaer says:

    Bless you, wives of our police officer sons!! Bless you husbands of our police officer daughters!! May God’s love cover you all.

    Please keep loving your husbands and wives. Listen to them. Comfort them. Hug them. THEY NEED YOU! Please know that we, their moms will support you in any way — especially in our prayers. You are the love of their lives, the ones they can talk to. Always be there for them no matter what.

    Talk to us when you are overwhelmed. We above anyone else will understand your fears. We are living them with you. They are our sons and daughters and we also fear for their safety.

    Together we must bring awareness to our darkened world. Good will always triumph evil.

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  18. Maja Archer says:

    My dad was an officer. I remember him going to Alaska to search for a homicide suspect when I was little (before 911). When his flight returned home, everyone got off the plane but him and his partner. I was young so I didn’t know they were waiting for their service weapons. I was old enough to understand he may have died but young enough to not realize we wouldn’t have been notified at the airport. It was terrifying.

    Now I am on the other side of the radio. I work at dispatch. The heart stopping feeling when an officer call shots fired over the radio is indescribable. Everything slows down and 15 seconds feels like an hour. Knowing every officer on the street is racing to help and there is nothing you can do but pray. When you are on the other side of the radio, you are waiting and hoping the next radio transmission is not “officer down”. When you hear the officer call and confirm all the officers are uninjured, it is like a hundred pound weight being lifted off your chest. One time is too many to hear “shoots fired” yelled across the radio.

    I have been lucky, I have never experienced an officer down call, and hope I never will. Police officers take an amazing risk every time they step in to the uniform. It’s amazing to me that both on and off duty officers will step in during life threatening situations to help others. Regardless of the danger to themselves. I watched the video of officers pulling someone from a burning car that was trying to commit suicide. They could have left the man in the car, he refused to open his door. The officers broke the window and drug him to safety. Another time several officers ran in to a burning building to help evacuate the tenants.

    It makes me sick to hear people with entitlement issues call for the murder of officers. What I would really like to know is what these “upstanding” individuals have done to help others? When have they put society’s needs above their own? The simple answer is they haven’t. People who have the entitlement mentality do not think of others before themselves. What they care about is there are no officers to catch them breaking the law. The same laws the entitled individuals feel shouldn’t apply to them. Yet a majority of citizens in this country are law abiding. Stand up and don’t let the minority push us around. Speak out and let your voices be heard.

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  19. officerdowndotus says:

    Again, you’re writing is an inspiration to us all. An empath, you are. Thank you for taking the time to share.
    OfficerDown.US

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  20. NewEnglandOfficer says:

    I needed this today. Well every day. But today especially. Thank you.

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  21. As a LEO mom you hit home many of the thoughts going through my mind since Ferguson. It’s been tough watching the wives and it’s been tough keeping it together watching and hearing the hate. I’ve never been prejudiced or racist but this situation has tested me. My son is out there being treated like dirt with his blue family. It sickens me as well as scares the hell out of me for his family and mine. God help us all get through this and pray that this hostility stops.

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    • Terri says:

      I too have a son out there with his brothers and sisters and I worry myself sick everyday/night! All of your words mean so much to me! And to know there are so many that care so much!
      I also have a nephew out there too!
      I can only ask why do they keep going out to help so many that are so unappreciative, because they are God’s children and they hold steady at trying to do the right thing! I pray that they all come home safe!!! And all of you who have written so many loving and caring words ease my mind a bit. You are all beautiful people and I love all of you and our Police are so brave and dependable even though they go into harms way. They are amazing and I appreciate them all so much!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
      Terri

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  22. 108 says:

    You’re article brought a tear to my eye. We need you, all of you, to keep us strong. We may seem undaunted and as hard as stone but that’s just our poker face. Police all across America are calling out 108, will you respond? –Eight year veteran

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  23. Laura says:

    Thank you for what you wrote. I was thinking the same thing yesterday, and to read this today brought me to tears. It is so totally spot on! This post would make a wonderful ad for television – with actors supportive of the cause each reciting different lines of this. This message needs to spread far and wide. Thank you so much!

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  24. KA in CA says:

    Sorry in advance that this is so long but I wanted to share……

    I’m a former LEO (10 years) turned SAHM and wife to a 20+ year current LEO (and also now Criminal Justice professor).

    I cant tell you how spot on I feel all your words are. I have shared both of your posts on my timeline. Having also been on the other side of the badge, I can attest to how very much it means to have the support of your community.

    I was a tactical flight officer for our sheriff’s department air support unit when I got pregnant with our second child. I continued flying until I hit my 3rd trimester and my flight suit didn’t fit anymore. I decided it was time to go on “light duty.” Just one week later, our helicopter experienced catastrophic engine failure and crashed to the ground with 3 of our deputies on board. Two of them were killed on impact and the other fought for his life for weeks. Praise God, he eventually did stabilize and lived but he suffers from debilitating long term effects, physically and I am sure mentally. I remember driving code 3 to the scene and arriving to find they didn’t transport one of my partners. Two had been taken to local hospitals but one was not. I saw him there. The most unreal feeling. I stood there in shock until someone took me by the shoulders and walked me away. Then I went to the bushes and vomited. All of us that had responded refused to leave the scene until the coroner’s office took him. We just stood there together as if in a nightmare for hours. I vaguely remember my husband coming to get me and taking me home.

    The thing that struck me most after the crash was how the entire community rallied behind our department for a couple of weeks. The funeral was televised. Not live-streamed online like most do now but actually on our local major network channel for about 5 hours. It preempted all the usual morning game shows and soap operas. Thousands lined the streets and freeways with hands over their hearts and gratitude and sadness in their eyes as the procession went by.

    None of that brought back those heroes but for once, we got to breathe and know that we were backed by those we spent our days serving. We didn’t want to talk to the therapists (although it was required) and we pulled ourselves together soon enough and went back to work. But knowing for that time, people understood the sacrifice, even just a bit….it helped. They were remembered by the people they had helped and those whose lives they had impacted. They were honored by those they had never met.

    Recently, our area had two officers shot and killed one terrible day. The hours long manhunt finally ended and area officers were left reeling from the loss. But once again, the community rallied up and poured out their support and love in big, vocal, and also small, tender ways.

    I promise you, it means something. I have now been on both sides of the loss. As an officer I felt comforted by the public and as a member of the public I have attempted to lavish comfort on the officers. And times like this, when the loud haters come out of the woodwork, the officers do need to hear from the silent majority of law-enforcement-appreciating citizens. My husband has told me how hard it is to continue to encourage his officers to keep doing things like they always have, with integrity and dignity. He tries to tell these young, impressionable LE college students what it is like to be in it without discouraging them from following their calling into LE. But it gets harder every day. It gets harder with every death, with every death threat, with every accusation, insult, profane word, disrespectful stare and finger pointed at them. The long hours, missed time with family and friends and toll on the body is tough enough. The physical side effects of the job are enough to force so many into early medical retirement. But the psychological effects of the hate — you cant measure the toll that takes.

    You are SO right that the numbers of those who want to do this job and take this risk will soon diminish if we don’t show them our support. I don’t regret a minute of my time in LE but I’m not sure I would choose it again in this climate if I were 20 years old right now. I’m not sure I would think it was worth the cost to give up so much and potentially my life, for an ungrateful nation. When you think of losing your life doing your job and finding a “bad guy” its one thing. But when you think of being hunted for your chosen career or having your family at risk because of it, that changes everything.

    I lost two dear friends and partners that hot July day and rarely a day goes by that it doesn’t cross my mind with sadness, gratefulness to be alive and survivor’s guilt that I am. We named the child I was carrying Hailey, a name that means “hero.” She has a gigantic heart full of compassion and love, empathy and tenderness, stubbornness and guts, humor and joy. She has tested me more than my other kids put together, but I know she can, and probably will, move mountains. She is the one that I think would literally give up her life for another person, even at 9 years old. I know that is God’s perfect hand at work. She is a wonderful combination of what made those two men an honor to call my friends. She comes with me to the memorial site on the anniversary every year and she holds my hand as we remember them. She asks me to tell her about them again and I do. We visit with the families and my former co-workers. We are knit together in a unique way. There is nothing in the world I can compare it to.

    I am grateful for each officer willing to get up every day and do the job. God bless the peacekeepers.

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  25. Bobbie Jo in FL says:

    I would like to say “Thank You” to all of the officer’s and there families for all the sacrifices that you give so that we can feel safer. #policelivesmatter.

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  26. Patty Robinson says:

    I listen to your presentation of “weseeyou”. It made my throat tighten and tears come to my eyes. I have been a Deputy Sheriff for 21 years and have had many a bad day as well as good. Wednesday was one of the not so good kind. I came home 3 hours late. Late again, however my special Husband listened to my troubles and comments about my day. I questioned my sanity and wonder why I continue to do what I do, why continue when I am cussed and called every name except honorable just for doing my job, why continue when we are emailed yet another Office alert about someone else threatening to kill us or our family. Question again why put on that uniform and gun belt, then I think of my children, my little grandchildren and the other helpless people that will need help.
    I do it because it the right thing to do.
    Your words hit home and they mean alot, especially when we wonder if anyone “out there” cares about us, about what we do, if we live or die.
    I thank you, I wanted you to know when I listened to you, I very much needed that. It was a bad day and I needed to know someone cares.

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  27. Lucy Sargeant says:

    What is wrong with people . I have family members and friends who are police officers and even if they wouldn’t I would stand behind them. I have know words for the ignorance that is going on.

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  28. AnonymousCopATX says:

    I have been in law enforcement for just under 5 years. In the past two years or so I have had a heavy weight that I have been carrying. And this will be the first time how I feel goes beyond my own thoughts. I don’t think I want to be a cop anymore… And I will be honest. I have no clue what I will do. I DESPISE how so blatantly people will challenge you for the sole reason of the badge you wear and the oath you took. It hurts to hear celebrities, law makers and even the Attorney General and our President quick to point a finger even before there are ANY facts. With so many people quick to jump on the “popularity” bandwagon I feel like cops don’t stand a chance. Every aspect of a police officers life is scrutinized, combed through and judged, then they might get the job. Not to mention what happens when they get on the stand. Here is the bottom line. I’m tired. I’m tired of fighting for people who flat out don’t care. I’m tired of people who know damn good and we’ll that what we do is a JUST job standing back and staying silent to protect their butt. I’m tired of going to work every day hating how I feel, hating that I know that so many others…. feel the exact same way I do

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    • Shilah says:

      I am so …..(where are the words?)….sad, angry on your behalf, & sad (again), on your behalf. I wish I could take you out for coffee, or pay for a car repair, SOMETHING to tangibly show you that you & your family are valued. All I can offer from here at my keyboard, is understanding. & permission to take care of yourself. You have options, you’re not stuck. Maybe you need a break – just for a few months or years. Maybe a change of departments will bring you to an area where your uniform automatically inspires respect. (Such places do exist. I live in one.) Please, O warrior, take care of yourself. For me – as a mom – do it for me, please. My only son wanted to be a cop, since he was very small — then a few sports injuries left him physically unable to do that career. When I see you, and your brothers in blue, I see my son. Please call the good people at Serve And Protect, they are trained & they want to help law enforcement thru difficult times even including thoughts ( even attempts) of suicide. They can help you know you’re not alone & can help you assess your needs, your strengths, your options & help make a plan. Even a plan that needs to be modified is better than no plan; they want to help. Serve & Protect is at 615- 373-8000 or http://serveprotect.org/ . Please.

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  29. futureblue2015 says:

    I love reading your stories. I loved Dear officer I see you, It touched me and I’m not an officer, yet. I will be attending the police academy soon. My biggest dream. In life is to be that one officer that can make a difference. I want to start at the bottom and work my way up ultimately to doing something on the government level, but for now I want to be a city cop that does the things that I have read about. I will make a difference in someone’s life. Thank you very much for your words.
    Thefutureblue

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