An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. "Why do you bother?" the old man scofted. "You're not saving enough to make a difference." The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. "Made a difference to that one," he said.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day 24- The Thin Blue Line


Today is January 24th and already fourteen police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year. My heart is heavy as I continue to follow the story of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer David Moore who was ambushed and shot four times while conducting a traffic stop yesterday.  He is currently in the ICU at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.
As a former police officer and wife of an Indiana State Trooper, I know all too well the dangers of being a police officer.  Every time and officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, no matter the color of their uniform or the department they work for, we are all a family.  When one is in pain we all are in pain. 
My challenge coin from the police academy reads, “Many Badges Worn, One Line Defended.”  That line is The Thin Blue Line. Many people see this symbol but most don’t understand its meaning.   The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with insurmountable odds. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers. The Line, the line is what police officers protect, the barrier between anarchy and a civilized society, between order and chaos, between respect for decency and lawlessness. Together they symbolize the camaraderie law enforcement officers all share, a brotherhood like none other.

Today my gift is a letter of support and encouragement to Officer David Moore’s family and the 14 other families who have lost a family member in the line of duty this year.  To read more about the lives of brave officers who were killed in the line of duty you can go to http://www.odmp.org/.
 

1 comment:

  1. I will pray for healing for Officer Moore and peace for his family. The violence needs to stop. Give our President wisdom tonight as he addresses the state of the union and that he offers hope to our nation that cries out for justice and peaceful solutions.

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