Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Gladiator's Wife

I found this picture looking for something else. But it made me think about the spouses of the police officers we are honoring this week. When they hear of a catastrophe and wonder. When the catastrophe strikes home.

Underneath the sound and fury of the court battles, the reviews, the risk assessments, the media, the state of the Union--and even underneath the candlelight vigils, the honor ceremonies, there is Family. Their losses are personal. Their fears are concentrated. Their pain is greater.


The Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is one group that works hard and intelligently during National Police Week and throughout the year.  Their concerns should also be ours.

Illustration from Karenswhimsy.com

10 comments:

Momma Fargo said...

Love this. The pic was very moving. You are a super star for your insight. Thanks for posting about Police Memorial Week as well.

Bob G. said...

Ann:
The C.O.P.S. site is a great resource.

Good for you for posting about it.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

We had a very rough police tragedy here in Pittsburgh last spring. Three officers were killed. The families will deal with the actions of one man forever and they do need our support.

Ann T. said...

Dear Momma Fargo,
Thank you for the kind words!
And most of all, thank you for your service to the community.

Sincerely,
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
They are holding seminars this week in D.C. I hope that many people come out of them supported and encouraged. The loss is so great.

Sincerely,
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Joey,
Good for you for marking it in your memory. I think sometimes all this is forgotten as we turn to the next news.

But you're right; the loss is forever.

Thanks for writing in! I appreciate it!
Ann T.

the observer said...

Ann T:
Yes, thank you for the reminder of what is lost. For me it was brought home when I looked at the backgrounds of the 4 Washington officers that were killed last year.

Kudos to you for the series!

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
For me to, the Lakewood assassinations were huge. But nothing compared to the steady burden on that community, with four bereft families and a small/close agency.

Earlier, San Diego had the same. So many other places. The vigil tonight honors 324 officers.

Thanks to you for stopping in.

Sincerely,
Ann T.

Christopher said...

We spent two days volunteerinf for C.O.P.S. At one point I saw a woman walk in alone, looking timid, a pool of emotions welling up in her eyes. I began to approach her, timid though, to confront my own ability to handle the situation. Fortunately, another female volunteer saw her and approached before I made it to her. "Your first year?" she asked the woman. Immediately the woman began to sob, nodding her head yes. It was a rewarding two days, but a difficult two days.

Ann T. said...

Dear Christopher,
Speaking from experience, grief will paralyze if it does not come out.

I believe you are an agent for the departed, they would not want their loved ones to grieve alone or be stuck.

I honor you for your sensitivity and also the bravery involved. Equal measure.

Ann T.