Becoming an officer of the law isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. Putting oneself in harm’s way for the sake of the safety of total strangers takes guts, selflessness, and bravery beyond what many of us can imagine.
Families with loved ones in the police force know there’s a daily struggle in hoping and praying that these men and women are safe on the job.
But sometimes, tragedy strikes. Cops fall in the line of duty, at the hands of criminals and people who wish them harm. On a day-to-day basis, there’s no telling when that moment will come. And for officers who lose colleagues on the job, having the heart to show up each and every day can be difficult.
Recently in Des Moines, IA, two officers were senselessly gunned down. Now, still reeling from the events of that terrible night, their colleagues mourn their passing.
But in the light of such a tragic event, civilians often come out in support of the people who protect them. Oneofficer in mourning was approached by a womanholding a plastic bag.
When he heard and saw what was inside, he broke down in tears. The gesture, an offering of food and water, was so simple, but spoke volumes about this one woman’s appreciation for the officers.
They sobbed in one another’s arms as the cameras rolled. The woman expressedhope that the people she knows and loves who are in the force gethome to their families every night, safe and sound.
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