Imagine, your house is on fire, you’re in a bad crash, it’s 2 a.m. and bad guys are breaking in. ... What do we do? Dial 911 and ask for help.
Firemen, EMT, police will be there very quickly to serve, protect and if necessary, risk their lives to help us. We employ and train men and women to provide very important services to us. Their compensation is relatively low, their work is hazardous and at times more horrifying that we can imagine. But we call and they come and do their job.
We owe them our highest respect and appreciation. I presume that most of us do respect and appreciate them. I also presume that all too often they encounter people who do not.
When I entered my wayward teen years, my father told me that if a policeman tells me to do something, I should respond with trust and respect. If I respond with aggression, he said I should be prepared for the consequences.
Imagine what would happen in downtown Woodstock or our neighborhoods if criminals thought the police would not do their job. Unfortunately, we live in a broken world and need good people with guns and badges to protect us.
Are there bad cops? Yes, and they should be held accountable for criminal actions. Do good cops make mistakes? Yes.
Imagine the split second decisions that they must make under severe stress. I don’t know how they go to work every day and do their jobs, but I am very grateful that they do.