Letter to Public from Officer’s Fiance
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There are many people in the U.S. today who would willingly vilify a police officer. That they are heartless people who do nothing better than harass the public and take their money to give to big daddy government. They would be quick to call them heartless murderers whose goal is to just murder and kill because they have nothing better to do. They also ask questions like, why are police really militarized? They don’t need S.W.A.T. armor out in the streets what are they afraid of?
They are afraid of not coming home.
My fiance of 10 years is a rookie police officer that risks his life every time he steps outside, whether it be in or out of uniform. I wait up late at night listening to 5-0 radio on my tablet just waiting to hear his voice to see what is next run will be. As I listen, there is still a slight nagging in the back of my head, what if it’s his last run? I worry about getting that phone call saying he had been shot or he was attacked for trying to help someone in need. I worry about when he gets time to go out to eat with us, while still in uniform, that someone in the back is going to poison his food because he wears a badge. I worry that my son will grow up without a father.
When someone asks why police need all that equipment, I get very angry and upset. I would rather my fiance wear all the armor in the world if it means he comes home safe. I’d rather he use that AR-15 to protect himself and his brothers in uniform to take out the bad guy. I do not want to have to deal with another fallen officer’s funeral because some jerk decided that he wanted to make it his life goal to take out someone’s brother, son, husband, father, a living human being, just so he can get some street cred.
Next time you ask yourself why they do what they do, make sure you keep in mind the families they have at home. That is their reason for being in the streets.
“May we remind the few if ill of us they speak, that we are all that separates the monsters from the weak” – Unknown
Article contributor Sabrina Sullivan is the fiance of an active law enforcement officer. They are both 28-years-old and parents to their 8-year-old son.