WHAT ARE POLICEMAN MADE OF?
Don’t credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.
A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.
Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy!
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.
But…If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting;if not, he’s a grouch.
He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.
But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.
The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal”. If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.
A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.
A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he’d have to be genius….For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.
By: Paul Harvey
Welcome and thank you for visiting the official site for Fallen Officers Remembered, a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to carrying out our mission of protecting our community by protecting our law enforcement officers. How? We help provide the officers with life saving equipment – a bullet-proof vest to help protect themselves from harm. Our officers need to be fully armed and protected to do the job they do to help protect you and they are not given all of their equipment.
We started our organization as “The Rodney Pocceschi Scholarship Fund” in 2004 . We wanted to do more so we became Fallen Officers Remembered. The organization was formed to create a means to honor those we have lost and protect those still on duty. Our main purpose is to raise or increase respect, loyalty, appreciation, and admiration for those special individuals who are willing to unselfishly offer the ultimate sacrifice: their precious lives; something that many of us never give a second thought or care about. Our mission is simple, powerful, and critical: to bring law enforcement officers home safe everyday.
Every day, law enforcement officers go out into the world to protect and serve us. Never knowing what they will face, they are provided with training to prepare them for any situation. But every year, officers pay the ultimate sacrifice or suffer debilitating injuries. Lives that could be saved and injuries that could be lessened if officers were protected with bulletproof vests.
In the United States, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed every 53 hours. More than 56,000 officers are assaulted each year. 16,000 are injured. It doesn’t have to be this way. More than 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve each day. It’s time that we help protect them.
It is our honor to show how much we truly appreciate everything that law enforcement officers do so unselfishly for us each and every day. Helping those who help us each and every day can be challenging, but we know that our work is important.