Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Is there a reason?

If there is ever a handbook about life written, it must have a section that states

"Expect the worst because unfortunately, there is more bad than good out there"

I say this in response to the recent events that have occurred across the country. Police officers are getting gunned down and killed everyday. Yes, that is the life they chose - you're right. The sad part about it is that they are dying because there are cowards out there who hide behind guns and weapons because they are too weak to stand up to their wrongdoings and accept their punishment.

Last week, 2 police officers in my home town of Miami were killed serving an arrest warrant. They were welcomed into the home where they were serving the warrant and the gunman hid behind a wall and then snuck around the corner and shot them.

They were not just cops - they were parents, they were somebody's wife and husband, they were children of their parents, they were friends, they were heroes. They put their lives on the line to protect the people of Miami from just the kind of person that ended their lives.

I get passionate about this because my brother-in-law is a police officer in Miami. It has hit close to home.

My sister has to live with the worry if he is coming home and what to tell my very young nephew the worst news possible should he not come home. She is his right hand and his largest supporter. I worry too because I do not want to see my sister suffer but I am proud of her for being so strong and supporting a man that she loves with a very dangerous job who has taken the oath to serve and protect.

This video is a touching reflection of the memorial that was held for these two fallen officers. Here is a video where the Director of the Miami Dade PD showed his passion for the deaths of these two officers as well as his hurt.

Before you go to bed tonight and first thing in the morning, tell all your family and friends how much you love them because as Det. Amanda Haworth's father said "Always remember to hug your loved ones and friends, like you haven't ever seen them in ages and never forget to say I love you because you never know what tomorrow will bring."

To all those in law enforcement, thank you! Thank you for putting your lives on the line in order to make sure that the streets are safe and that our children can grow up in a positive and safe environment. I love you all!!

To my brother-in-law Eric, please be safe as I know you always are; and to my sister Erica,  I love you and I admire you. 

RIP Det. Roger Castillo & Det. Amanda Haworth - Gone but never forgotten!

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