HR 5698 passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a not-even-close vote of 382-35. This “Protect and Serve Act” provides Federal penalties for people who deliberately target local, state, and Federal law enforcement officers with violence.
Much of what I write about police and their families applies to our military personnel as well. They are two brotherhoods—different and yet the same. Both willing to go when others flee. Both willing to serve and protect. Both willing to lay down their lives for people they don’t even know. Today on Armed…… Continue reading Courageous. Steadfast. Protectors
“No one asked these selfless men and women to enlist in this righteous cause, or to enroll as foot soldiers in the eternal struggle against crime and violence. They joined the cause because their hearts were big and full of amazing courage. They joined because they cared so deeply for the innocent and helpless and…… Continue reading Their Mission
This week has been set aside for memorializing police officers who have died in the line of duty. I have thought a lot about these officers. I have thought about the three I personally knew. I thought about how every single day officers put their lives on the line. I thought about what they could…… Continue reading Practice
I took the picture. I didn’t see it in the moment. But, there it is casting its image in the shadow. The shadow on a tombstone of one who made the ultimate sacrifice. There in the shadow, the vaguely visible red stripes symbolize the valor of this officer who upheld it and what it stood…… Continue reading Reflections