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.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zackari. When I sat with his wife and held her hand I could see in her eyes that her life was over.” – Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock Sheriff Spurlock was speaking about Gracie Parrish, the wife of Deputy Zackari Parrish who was killed on duty in…… Continue reading Without him…
Warning: I make no promises this post will not contain a bit of profanity. You can overlook it and cut me some slack or you may wish to not read any further. Either way works for me because sometimes, a situation just calls for a bad word or two here and there. I often recommend…… Continue reading Water Seeks Its Own Level
That one blue ribbon. I saw it as soon as I topped the hill. There were no other mementos. No other ribbons. Just one thin, blue ribbon tied at the end of the monument. And I wondered. I wondered who tied on that ribbon. I honestly don’t know why I wondered who it was, because…… Continue reading Someone
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