It’s days like today that scare the hell out of me. I’m sure everyone (at least those that live in Ottawa) has heard about the Ottawa police officer that was murdered today. For me the scariest part is that this wasn’t an act of revenge or anything like that, but rather a random act against a random police officer. It could have easily been my wife, or one of our good friends. I’m kind of at a loss for words right now.
For those of you who take the police for granted, and sadly I think that is most people, have a read through the poem below by Adam E. Hutton and remember it next time you curse the ‘damn police’ for coming down on your for something stupid YOU did.
I can’t imagine what the family of Constable Eric Czapnik is going through right now, and I hope to God that I never have to find out. MY prayers are certainly with them.
“Pray for the Men in Blue”
It takes a very special person to wear the blue.
Most people do not understand what we do
We made a commitment to protect and serve.
We work hard to provide the safety you deserve.
No normal shifts, not nine to five.
We work 24/7 to keep you alive.
Holidays and weekends don’t mean a thing.
We work night and day, just give us a ring.
Our loved ones and children pray every night.
That we will return at the break of daylight.
We carry guns and wear vests to help us get through.
You couldn’t imagine some of the things we must do.
We see accidents and blood and small children crying.
We also see death and it’s not just old people dying.
Abusive spouses and parents that don’t seem to care.
These are just a few of the things, to make you aware.
Drug dealers and drunks are a regular sight.
We go to the bars for fight after fight.
Responding to calls day after day.
Not allowing our personal lives to get in the way.
You complain all the time when you see us on a break.
We just drive around in cars and oh, the money we make.
Stop for a second and try to assess
Who’s always there to clean up the mess.
We do all we can to help and provide.
To make you feel safe and secure inside.
Please remember all of the things that we must do.
And next time you pray, include the men in blue.
Adam E. Hutton