Those sworn to serve the public

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2005

For those of us who have had the feeling of cresting over a hill, going a little faster than we should, the sudden shock of seeing a State Trooper or police officer on the other side provides one of life’s worst moments.

It’s easy to forget to thank the boys (and girls) in blue. For most of us our only interaction with a law officer is when he or she is handing us a ticket, which hardly leaves us in a thankful mood.

In fact, we usually drive off fuming at them.

But, let's take a moment and think about these people and remember this the next time you complain about getting a ticket.

They see the saddest aspects of society.

They hear the horror stories that we don't always hear.

These are the same people who often have to go into homes and rescue children who have been abused.

They are the same people who have to go to a home late at night to tell parents their child has died in an accident.

Ultimately, these are the men and women who will take

bullet and give their life to protect ours.

Would you do the same for your neighbor?

So let's remember all that the next time we see a man or woman in a law enforcement uniform; don't be shy.

Offer them your thanks.

They aren't monsters and they'll happily talk to you.

In fact they might enjoy it.

And if you can't bring yourself to say thank you to a police officer or state trooper, how about you simply promise to take the heavy foot off the accelerator.

In the next several weeks, we'll introduce you to the area's law enforcement through profiles.

We hope to take the time to get to know these men and women who have taken an oath to serve and protect us all.