The sound of sirens makes my stomach churn.
It means members of my Blue Family are rushing to take care of business. They are putting themselves at risk – not knowing what they are walking into. Just like my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, didn’t know it would be his last call when he stepped out of his police car on May 18, 2016.
Sirens are a signal that all is not well in my world.
Sirens in the middle of the night are the worst. When its pitch black and good people are asleep, those with darkness in their souls like to crawl out to do their evil deeds.
And so I pray.
I pray for my brothers and sisters in Blue. I ask my Father God for wisdom for them. I ask for courage. I ask for protection. And I ask that justice will be served as my Blue Family works to push back some of the evil in my community.
Sometimes these sirens are firefighters speeding through the streets with their sirens and lights. These first responders are partnering with our Blue family in order to bring order to chaos and help people who are hurt. I pray for them as the sirens wail through the dark night.
All the while, my stomach churns. And I pray.
You, my dear brothers and sisters in Blue, are a very unusual breed of people. You race through the night, in a hurry to take care of the crimes being committed by hateful people.
You run toward the gunfire.
You step into the middle of messes. You move forward into the danger and are a human shield for others – even when they don’t like you or respect you. You deal with the drugged liars and cheaters of our world every day, all day.
Meanwhile, the sirens scream through the night and my stomach churns. And I pray for my Blue Family in uniform, trying to push away the fear.
The fear of what could be happening.
Fear for your wives and husbands.
Fear for your children and your babies.
Fear for your fathers and your mothers.
Fear for your families and friends.
Because I know the danger that accompanies those sirens.
I know what can happen.
The phone call.
The trip to the hospital.
The doctor’s unbelievable words.
And the nightmare.
So I pray.