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Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Paramedic and Fire personnel: Happy Fourth of July

First let me apologize for the lateness of this message. As always, I want to say a big thank you to all who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance. I also want to thank each of you reading this. It’s always my goal that something said in these notes will encourage, inspire or uplift you in some way. I know you’re busy and you do a lot to get ready for your shift. So thank you for reading.

As we near the Fourth of July, Independence Day here in America, we take time to remember the sacrifices of those before us. Those who pledged “to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” Writing some years after the events of the Revolutionary War, John Quincy Adams wrote, “Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

But for those of us in and around public safety, we know that lots of people are not making “good use of it.” There are humans inflicting all manner of evil on each other and sometimes we feel as if we are not accomplishing anything. Not to mention storms and natural disasters. Sometimes we get “weary in well doing”. Sometimes we think we are not making a difference. Sometimes we almost give up. I know what that feels like.

I just finished World War Z with my son. It was a good movie, but I think I have a theory. It’s not zombies or smallpox or aliens or some weather disaster that will cause the world to disintegrate into chaos. I think it is growing darker as people care less. It grows darker as people stop looking out for each other. It grows darker as we hide in fear or self-preservation, or the less we speak out for truth, good, and justice. It grows darker as WE grow darker.

So what do we do? I know that you are out there “fighting the good fight”. Please know, I don’t say this lightly. I say this to some of the strongest people I know. I say it for people who I have seen with my own eyes fight all kinds of evil for a fellow officer, EMT, or firefighter. I just ask that you take courage and fight just a little harder. Fight for each other. Fight for what is right. Keep up that fight! Keep marching toward evil and fighting back the darkness! Are you tired? Feel hopeless? Reach out to a brother or sister. Reach out to a supervisor, chief or Chaplain. But whatever you do, don’t give up and don’t give in. If you need help, ASK. If you can give help, SPEAK UP.

That is what can change our world for the better. We are in this together.

In closing, as always, thank you so much 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.

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Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

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.

As I write this, I am coming off a week long vacation. A week of rest and being unplugged from your daily life works wonders for the soul and taking in some sights that you may have not seen otherwise is good for the mind. On my last night, I walked some of the beach thinking about what I would write in this email. Lots of things came to my mind, but I will share one of them with you.

During that time, when the pressures of life seem distant, who are you? You are a thousand miles from home, no uniform and no one knows who you are…except you. Answer this question: “Do I like who you see in those moments?” I’m not talking about “I wish I had more training in…” Nothing work related. Who are you as a person? Do you get angry too quickly with family? Do you never seem to let your guard down? Do you wish you had a hobby…or fewer of them? Do you want to stop that habit? Do you have something in the back of you mind that bugs you? Do you want to read that book you’ve heard about? I’ll be honest; there are a few things in my life that I plan to change after that trip. Take some time for you, and only you, even if it’s a walk on the beach when everybody else is in bed or a walk in a park on a long weekend. Find time to make YOU happier and a better person. Life is a journey – make yours better and help others make theirs better.

One more thing I learned at the beach. If you want the “prefect shell”, you may be looking for a while. But if you are willing to pick up the ones that are cracked, or broken, you will have plenty to choose from. Lesson: Significance and perfection do not always come in the same package. You are important because of who you are.

In closing, as always, thank you for all you do. Some of you will be working on the Fourth of July, so thanks in advance. 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.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

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.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

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.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

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.

Sacrifice. On July 4th, we honor the sacrifice of our founding fathers who pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor. It was given to the young country by men who would come to know the high cost of what they did. Men who, in most cases, paid with their very lives. We’re free today because of the sacrifice of others. From the battle in Lexington and Concord in 1775 to present day Afghanistan.

But there are others who ensure we are safe, that allow our great Nation to pursue “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Again I’m reminded of what Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” There have been over 4055 firefighters and 5942 police officers who have paid the ultimate price of sacrifice in my lifetime, and thousands more prior to that. We honor them as we hold them in our thoughts during parades and memorials. And we honor their sacrifice as we live our daily lives, trying to make the world a better place and a safer place.

But I’d like to give you some encouragement, those of you fighting the fires, saving lives, and apprehending those who intend to do us harm. So I salute those of you who are out there keeping us safe, secure, and protected every day. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. Never forget that you are looked up to by countless people. Never forget that everytime you put on that uniform, you are making a difference.

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.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

Here’s my email I sent for the Fourth of July:

Freedom. It’s what July the fourth is all about. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That’s what we celebrate on the Fourth of July, our freedom. But as Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” And nowhere is that more evident than in the lives of the first responders, the Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS personnel that protect us and keep us safe and secure. Some of you will be on duty in a firehouse, or patrolling the streets during the holiday. Thank you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice of putting your own life on the line every day.

It’s been a rough year for both law enforcement and fire fighters. Deaths in the line of duty are up compared to last year for both groups. And some you may have stress at home that you are dealing with. But I’d like to give you some encouragement. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. For every bad apple out there, there are others that really appreciate what 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. It’s been said that “True heroes are those who, though perhaps unknown throughout their lives, make it possible for others to take hold of their destiny and the destiny of their generation. They do this by their character, by their labors, and by their exceptional devotion.” Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.

Dr. Mike Crain I, D.Min.
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