Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel
First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I can not express my gratitude enough for your assistance.
Greetings to you and Happy Forth of July.
Free. It’s a great word. Most of us like free stuff. Free meals. Free drinks. “Buy 1 get one free”. Why does “free” feel so good to us? Partly because we get to receive a benefit from something that was paid for (at some level) by someone else.
A common phrase that we hear about this time goes to the effect of “Freedom may be free, but it certainly isn’t cheap.” It’s during this time that we think about the price that someone else paid so that we could experience “free”.
We think of those in military service. Those who serve home and abroad, hundreds or thousands of miles from home. Who may live closer to the enemy that they do their families.
We think about our Founding Fathers, who sacrificed, fought, challenged, and even died to stand up to tyranny. Those who stood up and said “Give me liberty or give me death!”
But sometimes, you are forgotten about. You may say that you’re not a hero…”not like those guys overseas”. One thing that I’ve gathered from talking to some of you, the word “hero” is not something you consider yourself to be. “I’m just doing my job” one officer told me. A firefighter once told me “I just put out fires. No big deal.” It’s a job. It’s another day in the city. Another day on the truck. Nothing particularly heroic.
You enable us to be free and safe here at home. We have seen what life has to offer. Sometimes, it’s just plain rotten. That’s where you come in. I’ve had cars stolen and had officers come out and do what they can to make it better for me. And when my wife was in a serious crash a couple of years ago, I have an officer greet me and let me know what happened, what to expect, and where to go next. All the while, EMS was stabilizing and safely transporting her. Then when I was in an accident, I had EMS come and check me to make sure I was OK. At times that were bad for me, they were there to calm, help and do what they could for me. You’ve done that for countless people in much worse situations. I could cite many more examples, but I try to keep this brief. My family is safe because you are there. I don’t have to worry about what time it is, day or night, because you are there. I can be free because you are there.
Never forget that you are appreciated. Never forget that you are looked up to by countless people. Never forget that every time you put on that uniform, you are making a difference to someone.
I’ve said it before and will say it until I take my last breath, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough. Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.