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Our Blue Knights, part 2

Guest column

The sound–the “ripppp”–of velcro being disassembled was the most comforting sound for one wife. This response came after being asked how she knew that her husband was safe at home. The above scenario is probably indicative of many law enforcement family members.

These Blue Knights, as I would call all law enforcement officers, are all that stands between safety and peace, and chaos and anarchy. They have witnessed and are exposed to much of the dark side of humanity on countless occasions. Yet, even though experiencing all of the above, every day they are willing to don their uniform and to protect and serve all. This is at the risk of their own health, lives, and families.

It takes an extremely special person to wear that uniform. They have a superabundance of skills in dealing with an ocean of scenarios. These can range from accidents to crimes, and beyond.

Recently, I’ve “personally” experienced these Blue Knights in action. In May of this year, I was at home when I received a call from Delta County Undersheriff Phil Griebel. He notified me that my daughter had been injured while running on a trail in the woods about 5 miles away. Delta County Search and Rescue was also on the way there. Apparently, she (my daughter) had called 911 and the undersheriff answered the dispatch from them. We drove to the site and met them in the parking lot. Upon arrival, we were informed that my daughter had injured herself 150 feet off the road, not on the regular trail but on an ORV trail. The officer found her by tracking her and listening for her voice. He could not have been more kind, assisting and reassuring.

On behalf of myself and countless individuals, I’d like to say “Thank You” for your service in keeping us safe.

Thanks for always being there to protect us, even in our hour of greatest need.

Thanks for comforting our loved one in time of greatest sorrow.

Thanks for administering first aid and saving lives.

Thanks for your patience, understanding, empathy and consoling us when we encounter difficult situations.

Thanks to your families for their support and sacrifices for all of us.

Thank you for your sacrifices in making this a better world for all of us.

I encourage all who read this column to continue to show your appreciation and support by displaying signs and posters. You can also tie blue ribbons onto trees and fences. It is with deepest gratitude and thankfulness that I say, “All of the Blue Knights are in our thoughts and prayers and God bless you and your families.”

Daniel J. Paul is a retired school administrator. His articles focus on education, old-fashioned family values, relationships, and other topics. Go to his website at meaningfuldifferences.net.

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