I had a migraine headache today…and then I looked at the calendar and remembered: three years ago today the Lakewood police officers were gunned down as they sipped Sunday morning coffee. Sometimes our bodies remember grief when our memories do not actively recall.
I wrote a column for the Seattle Times after that event because I am married to a police sergeant. The stress of a law enforcement career impacts the entire family. I often think of those widows, children, family members and department friends who are survivors of the deceased officers. I know I could easily be one of them.
Today, a photo of an NYPD officer was all over the news – he gave a pair of $75 boots and warm socks to a barefoot, homeless man who was sitting in Times Square. Seems viewers think it is a big deal. What they don’t realize is that police officers offer such kindness to citizens every day.
Problem is: there’s never a journalist around when you really need one.
(S-R photo: This photo provided by Jennifer Foster shows New York City Police Officer Larry DePrimo presenting a barefoot homeless man in New York's Time Square with boots Nov. 14, 2012 .)