Last year, one of the bright lights in my world was extinguished. My son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 2016.
He was a bright light in your world, too, even if you never met him.
We may confuse you with End of Watch dates. His official date is May 19th but those of us who were with him in the hospital know that he left us on May 18th. Feel free to use whichever date works for you.
We’re grateful for the medicine and machines that preserved his body on May 18th so that we had some time to say goodbye. They also made it possible for Davey to fulfill his final wish – he was able to donate multiple organs saving the lives of several more people even after his own death. Because that’s what heroes do.
He was one of the good guys. He cared about our community and he committed his life to defending all that is good and right in our world. He was proud to be part of the thin blue line that stands between the evil ones and the innocent in our country. He lived a life of integrity and honor while blending in fun and loving life in a unique way that only Davey could do.
His heart was big and open. Some of you know that because he added you to his group of friends during your first conversation with him. Others of us have known about his big heart for a long time because he loved us well his entire life.
Davey leaves a legacy of love.
He loved God. He loved his wife and two small children. He loved his immediate and extended family. He loved his Blue Family. He loved his friends.
He loved sports – all of them. He was obsessed with the Cardinals and in love with the Diamondbacks as well as all ASU sports.
At Davey’s funeral, James Byrd shared the fact that Davey said ‘Love You’ to his squad members every time he left them. That surprised me. As his mom, I heard Davey telling us that he loved us all the time. But I didn’t know he had extended this habit to work.
Davey not only told his squad members he loved them several times a day – he also insisted that the squad members say ‘Love you’ back to him. AND he insisted that they say ‘Love you’ to each other before they left.
He knew how close they all were to never seeing each other again. He knew how quickly something could happen and he didn’t want anyone to ever question that he loved them. He knew it was very important so he badgered his squad members to get into the habit as well.
Now we are all very happy that he did.
Because ‘Love you’ has lifted us up out of a place of deep, dark grief many times this last year.
‘Love you’ has challenged us to grow even more genuine in our relationships. We care more deeply and our lives have become interwoven in a solid foundation of love and support.
‘Love you’ has reminded us that we are still here – our watch hasn’t ended yet. There is work to be done. Relationships to be built. People to love.
“Love you’ has helped us survive the worst. Our Father God has used these two words and all of the things that go with them to give us more faith and more strength and more courage than we had before.
And now we continue to figure out how to move forward, living out Davey’s legacy of love.
Because he would have wanted it that way.