Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – Thanksgiving 2018
As always, I want to give another thank you to all who forward this message to your departments and staff. You trust me enough to share my message to others, and I strive to not make you regret that decision.
Evaluation. Reflection. Response Summary. After Action Review. These words can strike fear (or at the least some intimidation) into our hearts. It’s like the proverbial “call to the principal’s office”. But I want to take a little time and do just that today.
This email marks the tenth year I have sent out these emails. Some of you have been with me form the initial email, some this is your first, and others fall somewhere in between. I want to thank each of you for being there, no matter when you joined me. It’s always been my goal to show appreciation to those I felt weren’t getting the appreciation they deserved. It’s my hope that somewhere along the way that each of you felt that. I’ve received a lot of feedback over the last ten years (and have kept every single one).
What I didn’t know, is how much this would change me. I’ve hosted rallies, challenged the media, been interviewed, visited hospitals, performed weddings and attended funerals. I’ve been on ride alongs, sat down to meals, and counseled during hard life choices. And I made a career change and left IT to become a dispatcher myself.
And I’ve learned that you can not start on “a journey” and not end up changing yourself along the way. But I guess you don’t have to be told that, right? When you look back at that photo from the academy, being sworn in, or the first day on the job, how much have you changed? In some ways for the better, other ways, possibly not so much. So what is 2019 look like for me? I want to take the positive changes in my life and continue to develop those. And I want to look at those negative changes, and come up with a plan to counter them. What does it look like for you? What do you want (or need) to do to have a better or happier 2019? We can’t keep the evil and darkness out of our lives, we can for sure fight it every step of the way. And maybe that’s what the story of our lives is about. Maybe it’s not about eliminating the darkness, evil and pain, but fighting in spite of them to make this world a better place.
So from the bottom of my heart, thanks for coming along with me. And I hope we continue our trip together.
I always add this in for the holidays. We all know that the holidays can be a time of sadness, frustration extra stress or depression. 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, other supervisors, clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. I’ll make myself available to help you (my contact information is at the bottom) in any way that I can. Call us, grab us after roll call, or send an email. Reach out if you need to. Life is a battle best fought with others.
In closing, as always, thank you so much for who you are, and 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.
Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
6691 Dial Drive
Huber Heights, OH 45424