For months the media has been feeding off the frenzy of police brutality and how “awful” law enforcement is, as a whole. The nation seems to be screaming that law enforcement is against mankind. We are even seeing some of our political heads take a stand against our “men in blue/green” and four pro football players even made their “statement’ during a national football game. Then……. Police officers were ambushed, shot and killed for no reason. For all the people screaming about how bad the law enforcement personnel is and how corrupt our police forces are, who will they call when faced with an emergency or when scared for their lives? The very men who they hate on today; that’s who! When you wake up every morning and go to work, how do you get dressed? I put on a dress and high-heels. Some of you put on a mechanics uniform. Some of you put on scrubs and some of you put on a fireman’s uniform. Yet there are a few men and women out there that have to strap a gun to their side in order to even report to their job. That gun is what hopefully keeps them alive throughout their day, so that they make it home safe to their family that night. According to the Fraternal Order of Police, on average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year; 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year; 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year; and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics. Law enforcement officers (city police, county deputies, FHP, etc.) put their lives on the line EVERY DAY for us. The old saying about don’t judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes would hold true for law enforcement. Don’t judge or criticize that officer, until you yourself have had to strap a gun to your side, each day, in order to serve and protect total strangers. Do not criticize an officer for the fact he might take a breakfast, lunch or dinner break (while working his 12 hour shift) because his next call might be your house, while it is being robbed, or your wife or daughter might call 911 because someone has broken in the house and is trying to rape them. He might be the one to pull you out of your burning vehicle after a car crash, or he might be the one who has to shoot the man stabbing you. I once heard a police officer say, “We don’t get paid for what we do every day – but what we MIGHT have to do.” That, my friends, is EXACTLY what it is all about! Think about it! I personally would like to take this time, and space, to thank the law enforcement officers of this county. I thank you all for what you do, have done, and MIGHT have to do one day. Until then….I’ll see you around the town.