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. As always, I am grateful for your assistance.
Greetings to you and Happy Forth of July.
As I write this, line of duty deaths are down for everyone and that is indeed good news, and hope that the downward trends continue.
Nelson Mandela said, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” Robert Reich stated, “True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
The more that I ride with and talk to you, the more those statements really speak to me as to what you are all about. You walk through that valley again and again to protect your communities. You “fight the fight” every day, and you take the risk to yourself to keep up safe. In addition to that, there is all the effort that goes behind those decisions. The hours of training, cleaning, pressing, studying and doing all the things to keep yourself focused and ready.
I have also been close enough to see some of you perform in times of disaster. When tornadoes hit my home area of Kentucky this past March, I saw dedication and determination that was amazing. I saw how you pull together and pull extra duty when you are OK to cover for others who were trying to recover. I came to see if you were OK and where I could help, and you taught me more in those times than I could have imagined.
I’ve always thought that you always not only did your “fair share of the burden of keeping America going”, but well beyond that, and you keep showing it. I’ve always said that I wish I could make life a little easier for you, but I help where I can. It’s my hope that I can persuade those around me to do what’s right and safe, and how to make it easier when they don’t. But beyond that, I hope that with these emails, it gives you that “breath of fresh air” that helps make your job at least a little easier.
In closing, as always, thank you for all you do. 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.