Within the last two weeks, two more officers have been brutally shot while sitting or near their patrol cars, most likely having no idea that the morning they dressed for their daily shift, that they would not ever see their loved ones again.
Although according to Holy Scripture, Matthew 24:36;
“But of that Day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
So many times I dressed in uniform, always wondering if this is how I would go. So I did what the majority of officers do. You watch your back as those around you, pay attention to detail while on calls, respond accordingly, and the list goes, on, then a coffee break, stretch break, or just pull to side somewhere, and try to catch up on paper work, all awhile, keeping an eye out for out of the ordinary.
I am sure that young officer Justin Martin and Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio of the Iowa Suburban Police Department thought of all these things. Now they are gone, simply because an ex-con with a rap sheet longer than his body decided to take out these two officers on a whim. Family and friends are mourning today and every day, remembering, but the suspect? Well he is back in prison on the taxpayers monies. We will take care of him until he meets his fate, or just lives out his sentence.
In the 20 years I worked on the streets, handled the dead bodies, working homicides, rapes, crimes against children, domestic violence, drug overdoses, high-speed chases and the fatality traffic accidents, missing kids, gang details, prostitutes, and the list goes on and on… I never thought I would do anything different because when the uniform is put on, it’s to protect and to serve. You just want to make life better for every one else.
May those who lost their lives since the beginning of the year, who put on that uniform everyday, and their families know that you will always be remembered.
We do not know the hour or the day…