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Holding Strong The Blue Line

Holding Strong the Blue Line

When danger looms and chaos threatens to engulf, the police officer steps forward, committed and ready. They are the guardians of our community, always prepared to risk their lives to ensure our safety and well-being.

This profession is more than just a job; it leaves a profound impression on the souls of the individuals who choose it. The things they are forced to witness can be so harrowing that they would cause even the bravest soul to cower in a corner.

Some of the things they encounter will never be forgotten. Just the thought of them brings on cold sweats and sleepless nights. A child's lifeless body, a family trapped in a mangled car, blood streaming on a cold winter night from a young man being stabbed to death in a fight. A mother screams in horror upon being told of her child's death—the pungent smell of alcohol on the drunk driver's breath.

A police officer has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes straight out of hell, get a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read on social media how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects. Or how lazy they are when they sit in their car protecting the children in school. They get yelled at and spit on, called names and cussed at, get death threats and complaints, yet they put their self-interests aside and put themselves in danger to keep us safe. Security is their responsibility. To protect and serve, giving their lives to save ours. This is a police officer.

What motivates them to return to this job every day? One thing is for sure: it's not the pay. It's not the recognition. They don't do it for the glory. They do it because they believe in the law, justice, and peace. They heed the call and deal with the insults, endure the assaults, and suffer enormous stress so we don't have to. Bravery is not the absence of fear but action in the face of fear. They hold strong the blue line and proudly wear the badge.

The brave men and women in law enforcement deserve our unwavering respect and gratitude for their daily sacrifices to protect our communities. They are the steadfast guardians who stand between us and the forces of darkness.

From my heart, I express my most profound appreciation for your selfless service and sacrifices. 

Dear heroes, of course, I worry, I fear, always wondering if the end of the watch is near. You see, I am the mother of a hero who honors the thin blue line, and I, too, bleed blue. So continue your important work; 

Stay Safe Out There and come home safe to all of your families.

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