Our friend Bobby Inman is feeling better and has forwarded us the promised essay:
First of all, I want to thank all that have checked up on me the last couple of days. I had three seizures last Friday and was hospitalized. However, I did come into the Office today because I had told Shoalanda Speaks that I would write an article for the website about this week.
This article is about what it takes to be a Law Enforcement Officer. A Law Enforcement officer can be anyone, Male or Female, Black, White, Asian, etc. Big or Small. But they all have one thing in common. They have the “Heart” of a Law Enforcement Officer. They put their lives on the line to protect you and me in today’s Society.
These Officers spend their careers working odd shifts, Holidays and Birthdays. They miss their kids growing up, everyday events with friends as well as family and important dates. Off time is spent in Court or catching up on sleep. You will not get rich in Law Enforcement. The Pay Scale for Officers is low which is really sad.
These Officers see the worse of Society. They see the wrecks, the Domestic Situations, the death, the chases and the bad side of people. They have to deal with the heat, the cold, the snow and the rain. There are long shifts as well as overtime. But, they chose this profession. They are the Warriors in today’s Society that keep us safe. They have made the choice that they may lay down their lives to Protect you.
As of today, there has been 35 Law Enforcement Officers killed this year. That number is too many. Furthermore, there has been 12 Police K-9s killed in the Line of Duty this year. So, next time a Police Officer stops you for a traffic offense, realize that he is stopping you to help you. He might have saved your life telling you not to run that STOP Sign again. But also realize that he may not survive the next traffic stop.
Respect the men and women who wear the blue, grey, brown or whatever color uniform of Law Enforcement. They are someone’s Mother or Father, Brother or Sister, Son or Daughter. They are there to protect us. This week is the National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. Let’s salute our fallen comrades.
"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer, it's an entire nation." -Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder
Bobby Inman is retired from Full-time Police work. He currently works as a Reserve Deputy for the Colbert County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department as well as owning Hammer Down Gun & Pawn. He has articles published in Law & Order Magazine, Police Marksman Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement Magazine as well as several published ebooks on Amazon.
Thought for today: Forgiveness is better than "calamari," nevertheless, be careful what you say about your enemies--remember you're the one who made them.
A beautiful song written by Guy Clark and performed here by the writer and Townes Van Zandt. Townes died on January 1, 1997, and Guy passed away this morning: