108 – Officers Down

In the early morning hours of March 1, 2012, two New Orleans Police Officers were shot and seriously injured in the line of duty.  I have the good fortune to know both of these officers and my life is better off as a result.  I would like to say first and foremost that my prayers are with these two officers and their families.

There will be a lot of commentary from individuals and groups regarding the events of today.  The media will eat it all up and spit it all back through our television sets on the evening news.  People will focus on their various agendas and want you to see things their way.

I would like to suggest that it is important to remember that the two men seriously wounded this morning were human beings.  The men and women who courageously serve our community on a daily basis are just that: men and women.  They are your neighbors.  They attend the same church as you.  Their children attend the same school as your children.  They are not robots, machines, or roving gangs of militants beholden to some war lord.  They are democrats, republicans, and independents.  They are Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Episcopalians.

Each day a police officer reports for duty, the most important goal of the day is to return home at the end of the day.  These men and women have a dangerous job.  Most of us do not have to worry about whether or not we will be returning home after work.  They do this job in order to protect their neighbors, members of their congregation, their fellow school parents, and the many other individuals that comprise our city.  Even the hardest working and most industrious officers do not make a lot of money.  Their reward is knowing that they did their best each day to make our community safer.

I am grateful that these two officers were out working while I was home sleeping.  I wish them both a speedy recovery.  To the rest of the men and women who labor behind the badge, keep up the good work, keep the faith, and please make it home safely after your next shift.

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9 thoughts on “108 – Officers Down

  1. my heart and prayers go out to those brave men and thier families. the public does not realize what the police do for them even if they have no contact with them. we protect the inoccent and sometimes have to protect the guilty. we can not wave from side to side like the public. while our troops protect our freedom police protect our lives. we are at war everyday and the enemy is here helping those that can not help themselves,protecting the inoccent and ensuring your american rights. again my prayers to those brave men and all that stand for justice.

  2. Well said…..I am the daughter of an NOPD officer……who has past on 26 yrs ago. This was always the worst nightmare everynight not knowing if my father would return home.My heart goes out to the officers and their families.God Bless all of you who put you lives on the line so we can sleep at night.Thank you for all you do………..Donna Ruth Renz (daughter of Lt. John H. Ruth Jr.)

  3. This is a thankless job. And these people I hold in high regard. Thanks to the men and women that stand behind the badge.

  4. I too an the daughter of an NOPD officer who has passed on ……. But for 30+ years he served and protected the people of New Orleans, sometimes to great expense to his family. My heart goes out to the family of these injured officers and they are in my prayers. Corinne Summers Pritchett (Sgt. James L. Summers)

  5. God bless our public servents. they give their lives freely and get so little reconation. God will rewanrd them Himself. My prayres are with them and their family. We had an officer killed in the line of duty in Mobile, Al. last month.

  6. I’m a 26 in Jefferson Parish. My prayers go out to all who have been affected by such senseless violence. The thing that really infuriates me is how the media portrays us for DOING our JOBS. Its really a thankless job for the most part. The highlight of my job is when that 1 person stops and thanks me for being away from my family so he can feel safe with his.

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