Within the last week, several officers fallen in the line of duty have been mentioned on the Heartbeat. We pray for their families in dealing with their heart-rending grief. In one of those recent cases, the officer’s wife was pregnant with their third child when her husband was killed. Sometimes it seems, as the poet James Russell Lowell wrote, “Truth forever on the scaffold; wrong forever on the throne.” On another day we’ll pause again to honor other Blue Warriors who gave their lives to protect ours in the never-ending war on our streets. And those who are alive.
But for today, I want to recognize the wonderful human side of very human cops. Cops with big hearts. Cops who make people laugh, who act toward their fellow citizens as one human being to another even in the line of duty, who leave us in awe of their gentleness and decency. While many can’t seem to find anything good to say about our Blue Warriors, their humanity and decency is there for those to see who are willing. Here are some outstanding examples of law enforcement officers you’d be glad to have as neighbors, even if they weren’t cops.
Heroes of the Heart: 11:54
An officer plays with his kids:1:06
Police humor: 10:07:
Even 911 dispatchers come in for their share of laughter and fun: 9:35:
You may not be able to take 7:14 of this, but give it a try: Firefighters versus Police: Pun war!
This isn’t all funny, but it is all heart: 12:01
Christmas is over. Darn! Let’s make it Christmas again – with the help of law enforcement! 4:05:
Awesome heart, Officer Beasley:
This one will hurt bad, but … “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1st Corinthians 13:7-8) These officers live out love as best they can for one of their own in a dark place:
As America’s military is a shining example of conduct on the battlefield, so are most law enforcement officers in the war on America’s streets. We are so very fortunate to live in a culture where most of the most powerful people we usually come in contact with are courteous and patient and kind and don’t abuse their power. And sometimes make us laugh! God bless you, Officers. We are proud of you, and we thank God you are there.