He Was There

He was there when my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer, went to work on May 18, 2016.

It felt like just another day.

He was there when Davey took his last call.

It seemed like just another call.

God was there when Davey stepped out of the police car and a bullet ripped off the back of his head.

This can’t possibly be happening.

He was there when responding bullets eliminated the evil that was standing in the driveway shooting the gun.

So no one else was hurt.

He was there while Davey’s squad members protected and cared for Davey as his blood spilled out onto the pavement.

The well-trained officers responded quickly even as their hearts were breaking.

God was there when the police and firemen revived Davey’s body and took him to the hospital.

They did everything they could…. and more.

He was there, right beside me, when I received that call telling me Davey had been shot.  He was beside each of us as we received that call. It’s a call we’ll never forget.

It haunts my dreams.

He was there beside each of us as we each made our way to the hospital through a sudden, dark fog.

 It can’t be true.

God heard my terrified cries followed by urgent prayers for a miracle as the news and the night unfolded.

He heard and he cared.

He provided family, friends, our Blue family, doctors, nurses, and a chaplain to help all of us hold together as we entered hell.

It felt like a journey into hell but I know hell is worse because God is not there.

God walked the corridors with us as we cried and prayed.  The halls of the hospital were lined with people crying and praying.  Several waiting rooms were packed full of people crying and praying.

He heard and he cared.

He wrapped his arms around us as the long night dragged on and Davey’s brainwaves gradually………disappeared.

This can’t be true.

The night finally ended and the sun rose once again.

I was still alive.

The rest of us were still alive.

Together, we were going to have to figure out how to go on without Davey.


It’s impossible to go on without Davey.

But what felt impossible on that day, God has made possible.  He has been there through everything, loving us and giving us strength.  He has heard every prayer and He has held us each time we have cried.

And He has given us a purpose for going on.

He was there.

And He is here – making the impossible possible.

Miss you, Davey.



6 responses to “He Was There”

  1. Thank you for continuing to share your story. I am a mother of an officer too and do understand the worry and result of dealing with it as a mom. You are an inspiration to so many and just sharing your story and feelings makes a different even tho you suffer and live that story every single minute of every day. I pray for you and all those families that had paid a price in serving their communities. I believe like you we have a great God who is there when we need him. We don’t always understand the purpose or reason why. God bless you as you continue to share a mother’s story losing a son, a “Man in Blue” who served our city and paid the price. God bless you always.


    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Linda💙💙


  2. You words should be haunting every citizen in this city who is critical of the police department. Those citizens need to see the true heartache a hero’s family suffers when their life is cut short.

    Thank you for having the courage to share your heart with all of us.

    May God continue to richly bless you and your family💙💙💙💙


  3. Very powerful words. I would like to say that I really do feel your pain, but I don’t think anyone really understands that loss unless you actually experienced it. So sorry for your loss!


    1. Thanks for the kind words, Alan. I agree with you. No one can possibly understand this unless they have gone through it. I have lost my mother, father and brother and none of them felt like this. The loss of a child is a new level of grief.

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