A “line of duty” death is something that officers know can happen, but don’t really like thinking about too much. But today they are. In cities and small towns across the USA, cops are thinking about it. Praying for the families of the Lakewood officers, the LPD. They are also praying for themselves. Praying that they will be spared yet another shift. That the next traffic stop won’t be their last. Praying that the group picture will not have an officer missing. Praying that they never have to hear that final call come across their radio. Praying that their husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend is never met at the door by the chief with bad news.
May 15th is the day that Congress set aside every year as Police Memorial Day to honor and remember the over 18,000 who have given their lives protecting our way of life. But as citizens, let’s not wait until then. Let us join with our officers in prayer. Help them make it through another shift. Bring them home safely. Spare them from the horror and tragedy that conspires against them. Pray that no one has to explain to another 4 year old girl why someone shot her daddy or mommy.
I pray that it never happens again in my state, but the odds are against me. But I’ll pray for it anyway. And if something does happen, Dr. Mike will be there just like I promised.
Just a note: This is the email I sent to the LPD a few moments ago. I’m sure they have gotten tons of email and support from the community and thousands around the world. At least I hope so.
I am deeply saddened by the LOD deaths of Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owen, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards. The heartfelt appreciation of a truly grateful American citizen goes out to their families and friends. They served honorably and faithfully, answering the call of duty when they were needed.
Please express my sympathy and deepest condolences to their families , and that they are in my prayers during this time of grief. They are true heroes, and I hope the fact that they are honored by so many brings them some comfort in this time of loss. May they feel the comfort and love from across this nation embrace them and hold them up during this difficult time. We will not forget them and will forever be in their debt for what they have done for us.
Please let the members of the Lakewood Police Department know they are in my prayers during this dark time as they continue the mission of making our world a safer place. To each of you I say a big “Thank You” for doing what you do everyday. Thank you for going into “the office” when you don’t feel like it. Thank you for working the night shift when we are safe in bed. Thank you for putting on that uniform everyday. Thank you for working holidays. Thank you for going through doors when you know what can be behind them. You are in my prayers. I can not even imagine how you feel and what you are going through. Just know that there are thousands and thousands of people this very moment praying for your department. Know that for every person who would wish harm on you that there are thousands of us who cheer you everyday. Being an officer can be a thankless job. But take comfort in the fact that you are supported by lots of folks in and outside your community. You guys are making a difference.
And if there is anything I can do, don’t hesitate to ask.