While you sleep, we're there.
When you're sitting down to
Thanksgiving dinner, or celebrating Christmas, we're there.
When its raining and cold,
and you're glad to be in your home with your family, we're out there.
When it's your children's
birthday, we're out there.
When it's our children's birthday,
we're still out there.
You put on a suit and dress
to go to work, we strap on a ballistic vest and a gun.
There's little room for error
in your job, in ours there is none.
An error by you means a demotion,
an error by us means a funeral.
When you tell your families
"see you tonight" as you leave for work, you mean it. When
we tell our family that, we pray we will.
At your job you strive to
succeed, at our job we strive to survive.
In your job, one bad person
is the talk of the office, in our job, one bad officer makes the news
and suddenly were all bad.
In these headlines it's not
what good we've done, but how much better it could have been done.
When you're scared you call
us, when we're scared, we must carry on.
While you're eating a home
cooked meal, we're having another hamburger.
While you're asleep with your
spouse, ours sleep alone.
So the next time you're out
with your family or friends, and you see a patrol car go by, remember
the incredible sacrifice made by these officers every day.
Inside that car is a person
that sacrifices his/her life, both professionally and personally Every