There are law enforcement officers from every sate in the Union in the Washington DC area right now. This is the last day of the National Police Week activities, and the event being held is a survivors conference.
When people think about police officers giving their lives in the line of duty, they often think of a scene in which a murderous bad guy fells the officer with gunfire. And this happens. A lot. Alexandria's police firearms range is named after Corporal Charles Hill, who was ambushed in a housing project by a thug who tore the life from him with a shotgun blast.
But police officers also perish in the line of duty by causes such as drowning while attempting to save people who abandoned common sense and tried to ford a flooded road and got swept away.
They die during traffic stops and situations where they are simply trying to assist a motorist on the roadside, when some drunk or otherwise oblivious driver plows into them.
Police officers have also given their lives in the line of duty when doing something kindly such as assisting a citizen in using a car jack; and the stresses involved in the job have taken their toll to the point that the officer's heart just gives out at that moment. The best bulletproof vest in the world cannot protect them from these perils.
Yet day after day they go out and do their duty. And yet when most folks think of police officers at all, they're either watching TV or grousing about the summons they got when they were "only" going ten MPH above the limit.
Either that, or they are in peril, and dial 911. To Paraphrase Rudyard Kipling (I think): "In time of danger and not before, God and the policeman, all people adore. Danger over, and all things righted; Then God is forgotten, and the policeman is slighted."
AND SO TO HONOR THE PEACE OFFICERS EVERYWHERE IN THIS NATION, I AM OFFERING FREE AS A GIFT TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY A COPY OF MY NOVEL "THE PETERSON INVESTIGATION", AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON "KINDLE" E-BOOKS AT AMAZON.COM .
Although this is intended for law enforcement people, this special offer is available to anyone. I just ask that when you get your copy you will think about what I have written here, and honor your local police officers for doing a tough, dangerous, and too often thankless job that cannot be left undone.