Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Sacred Promise

"Dave, I would have taken a bullet for you." Secret Service Agent Duane Stevenson (Ving Rhames), Dave (1993).

"Try to relax. I'll take a bullet before you do, that's for damn sure." San Bernadino officer to people he was shepherding to safety in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

One, a work of fiction. The other, a cold and hard reality of what police officers have sworn to do.

In Colorado Springs, a gunman begins a shooting spree in the parking lot of a busy complex. Arriving officers come under fire. Several are hit, and one dies, but they continue to engage the shooter. Why? In San Bernadino, officers have possible terror suspects under surveillance after fourteen people are murdered. The heavily armed assholes jump into their vehicle, apparently intent on a second attack. Uniformed officers pursue them, resulting in a running gun battle that sees terrorists fire 76 rounds at the police, two of whom were wounded but they just keep coming. Why?

Someone once wrote that this is a terrible time to be a police officer. That could not be farther from the truth. Right now, our country, our society, our culture, needs people who are brave, skilled and  willing to confront evil, in whatever form it presents itself. America needs the men and women of law enforcement.

Cops have responded with honor.

A terrible time to be a cop? Not a chance. The best our country has to offer apply for cop jobs. The competition is fierce, the training is demanding. The pressure never lets up. Still, people of character arrive by the thousands. "Pick me, let me help." And when the alert tone sounds, and the mass casualty event takes place? Every officer available rushes to the scene, ready to do what has to be done.

Ready to take a bullet, if that keeps someone else alive.

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