He saw me.
He saw you.
He noticed what was going on with us.
We weren’t just a blur in his day.
My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty May 18, 2016. Since that time, I have received hundreds of comments and messages from all different people and many of these comments sounded something like, ” I didn’t know David well but, whenever he saw me, he would smile and talk with me. He often encouraged me or made me laugh. I could tell he was one of the good guys.”
He noticed people. He cared about us – and we all realized it, didn’t we?
When Davey was around, you and I could tell he cared because of the things he said and how he acted. We knew he liked spending time with us. We were all important to him.
There were some things he didn’t care about – like your age or ethnic background or how popular you were. He would often make jokes about those things because he really didn’t think they were important. In fact, if he found out you didn’t have many friends, he would immediately adopt you and draw you into his large circle of friends. Suddenly, you had a LOT of friends! Those of you who tailgated with him saw this all the time.
He noticed. And he cared about the important stuff.
This made him a great police officer.
And he was willing to do something about it.
The board of directors for the David Glasser Foundation had the opportunity to talk with the 1st Graders of Cheatham Elementary School this week. Cheatham is the closest elementary school to the location where Davey was killed. These 1st graders were still really excited about the new backpacks they received from the foundation (because of your donations) last month when school started and they wanted to show their appreciation.
So many bright and happy faces.
So much energy and enthusiasm for life.
So much potential to be a positive contributor to their community in the future and make it a better place to live.
And they live in one of the highest risk areas of Phoenix.
A high risk of being a victim of a crime.
A high risk of being influenced into making bad choices and becoming part of the problem.
A high risk of losing their enthusiasm for being a positive contributor in their community.
Their future is at risk.
For all these reasons, this was the area of Phoenix where Davey chose to risk his own life to serve and protect.
He made a difference.
And his legacy lives on.