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12-14-07, 03:39 AM #1
a good Christmas (cop) story...
In 1974 when I first joined the police department, I knew there would be special occasions my family would spend without me. Knowing that fact didn't make the task any easier.The celebrations I missed those first year's depressed me and sometimes made me feel bitter.Working on Christmas Eve was alway's the worst.
On Christmas Eve in 1977, I learned that blessing can come disguised as misfortune, and honor is more than just a word.
I was riding one man patrol on the 4x12 shift. The night was cold. Everywhere I looked I saw reminders of the holiday: families packing their cars with presents,beautifully decorated trees in living room windows and roofs adorned with tiny sleighs. It all added to my holiday funk.
The evening had been relatively quiet; there were calls for barking dogs and a residential false burglar alarm. There was nothing to make the night pass any quicker. I thought of my own family and sunk further into depression.
Shortly after 2200 hours I got a radio call to the home of a eldery,terminally ill man. I parked my patrol car in front of a simple Cape Cod style home. First aid kit in hand, I walked up up the short path to the front door. As I approached, a woman who seamed to be about 80 years old opened the door. "He's in here", she said, leading me to a back bedroom.
We passed through a living room that was furnished in a style I had come to associate with older people.The sofa had an afghan blanket draped over its back and a dark, solid Queen Anne chair say next to an unused fireplace. The mantle was clutterd with an eccentric mix of several photos, some ceramic figurines and an antique clock. A floor lamp provided soft lighting.
We entered a small bedroom where a frail looking man lay in bed with a blanket pulled up to his chin. He wore a blank stare on his ashen, skeletal face. His breathing was shallow and labored. He was barely alive.
The trappings of illness all around his bed. The nightstand was littered with a large number of pill vials.An oxygen bottle stood nearby. Its plastic hose, with face mask attached rested on the blanket.
I asked the old woman why she called the police. She simply shrugged and nodded sadly toward her husband, indicating it was his request. I looked at him and he stared intently into my eyes. He seemed relaxed now. I didn't understand the sudden calm expression on his face.
I looked around the room again. A dresser stood along the wall to the left of the bed. On it was the usual memorabilia: ornate perfume bottles, a white porcelain pin case, and a wooden jewelry case.There were also several photos in simple frames. One caught my eye and I walked closer to the dresser for a closer look. The picture showed a young man dressed in a police uniform. It was unmistakably a photo of the man in bed. I knew then why I was there.
I looked at the old man and he motioned with his hand toward the side of the bed. I walked over and stood beside him. He slid a thin arm from under the covers and took my hand. Soon, I felt his hand go limp, I looked at his face. There was no fear there. I saw only peace.
He knew he was dying; he was aware his time was very near. I know now that he was afraid of what was about to happen and he wanted the protection of a fellow cop on his journey. A caring God had seen to it that his child would be delivered safely to him. The honor of being his escort fell to me.
When I left at the end of my tour that night, the temperture seemed to have risen considerably, and all the holiday displays I saw on the way home made me smile.
I no longer feel sorry for myself for having to work on Christmas Eve. I have chosen an honorable professsion. I pray that when it's my turn to leave this world there will be a cop there to hold my hand and remind me that I have nothing to fear.
I wish all my brother's and sister's who have to work this Chrismas Eve all the Joy and warmth of the Season.
12-14-07, 04:03 AM #2
that was a very touching story, thank you for sharing
12-14-07, 06:32 AM #3GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Got a little warm and fuzzy on that one.And Shepards we shall be,
for thee, My Lord, for thee,
Power hath descended forth from Thy hand,
That our feet may swiftly carry out Thy Command.
So we shall flow a river forth to Thee
And teeming with souls will it ever be.
In Nomine Patris, Et Filli, Et Spiritus Sancti.
12-14-07, 07:51 AM #4YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
Eat it, Play with it, or piss on it, and walk away!
As smart as man is, we haven't been able to invent a machine that can smell drugs or tell us where a person has walked,” Dogs are sophisticated investigative tools!
12-14-07, 10:09 AM #5
That was very nice, Ender. Thank you.
12-14-07, 10:13 AM #6
True meaning of what the thin blue line is all about. You were there to walk him to the gates, where he took his position on the right hand of God joining all the peacemakers before him. Truly inspiring!!!!
12-14-07, 10:21 AM #7
Pretty women make us BUY beer. Ugly women make us DRINK beer. --Al Bundy
12-14-07, 10:36 AM #8
Damn, got something stuck in my eye again...Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ~ Anon
si hic carrus commovet non quaerete
RIP Scott L. Roth- Pfc 1st Platoon,401st MP Co, KIA 12/20/89- Operation Just Cause- Not forgotten.
12-14-07, 12:26 PM #9
Nice.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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12-14-07, 01:19 PM #11
glad y'all liked it. i read it on another board and had to immediately post it here, for those of you who aren't over there
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