Distribution: Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel
First, I want to say thank you to all the Chiefs and administrators who have made it possible for me to distribute this message.
I want to wish each of you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season. During this time, your sacrifices mean more to us than most people will express. You are out there keeping us safe so we can be assured of a happy holiday season with our families, while limiting the time you spend with your own. So I want to say, THANK YOU. As I stated in my previous email, I decided that no Police Officer, Paramedic, or Fire Fighter will ever serve, protect and defend through a holiday and not know that they are appreciated by someone.
Thank you for going into “the office” when you don’t feel like it. Thank you for standing out and directing traffic in the cold. Thank you for working the night shift when we are safe in bed. Thank you for putting on that uniform everyday. Thank you for making sure the roads I’ll be traveling will be safe and that help is available if it is needed. Thank you for doing what you do so I can do what I do.
To those of you who are working on Christmas Eve/Christmas , spending time away from your families so my family is safe and secure, I give you an extra-special , THANK YOU! When we sit down to our dinner, or open our gifts, know that you will be thought of at that time, and your sacrifices honored. Please express my appreciation for you to your families.
The holidays can be a time of joy and happiness. But it can also be a time of sadness, frustration or depression. It can be hard to balance out what you have to deal with and still know that there are great people in society as well. If you find yourself struggling in this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, any other Supervisor, clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. I’ll make myself available to help you in any way that I can.
I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.