Law Enforcement is one of the most contagious careers I have ever seen. When dad or mom is a doctor, there is often one doctor in the family. If a parent is a lawyer, there might be one child who becomes a lawyer. Or one child becomes a pastor when a parent or a grandparent is a pastor.
But how often do you see all three kids in the family become doctors? Or lawyers? Or pastors?
Not very often. One of the exceptions is law enforcement where it happens often. Whole families of law enforcement are everywhere – often including grandparents, cousins and in-laws.
Why is it so contagious?
Why does a child of a police officer become a police officer when they had a front row seat to the long hours, the self sacrifice and the danger?
It’s because they have a front row seat that they also see the character, courage, strength and integrity it takes to be a good police officer. Many other people talk about making a difference in the world and then go into their safe places to work where they spend countless hours trying to increase profits – it’s all about the money. Every day. A few of them might write a check to a charity of their choice – that’s as close as they come to making a difference.
Law Enforcement Officers are front line difference makers. Every stop, every call, every situation – they have an opportunity to make their community safer and protect the innocent. They come face to face with the evil that the rest of us try very hard to avoid. We run from danger, they run toward danger.
I will never forget watching a video of the Boston Marathon bombing. The bombs went off and people started screaming as they ran away – except the first responders. They ran towards the bombs, toward the danger. Difference-makers.
Law Enforcement careers attract people who respect law and order. These people believe in sacrificing themselves to help others. They know that serving their communities is honorable no matter what anybody else says. They dedicate their lives to pushing back the evil in our communities so that the innocent can have a safe place to live and raise their families. Difference-makers. Instead of just talking about it, they are doing it. Children of law enforcement officers see this – they live it – and they can’t imagine dedicating their lives to anything else. So they become officers.
There are more careers usually in the serving category that are contagious as well. I know there are teaching families, fire-fighting families and military families. Why? These are also difference – making careers.
My husband and I both served in the U.S. Military and I was a little surprised when neither of my children showed any interested in going into the military. Then I had to smile when my son, David Glasser, started talking about becoming a police officer. That’s as close as you can get to being in the military without being in the military. I totally understand why many people go into law enforcement after years in the military. Respect for law and order, serving your country, self-sacrifice, honor, courage – it’s all the same. Being a difference-maker.
Davey lost his life in service to his community. It’s a tragedy. It’s very difficult and painful for those of us who have been left behind. I am thankful that he died honorably – protecting and serving others. Davey was a difference-maker. His life and death has had a big influence on many people and the David Glasser Foundation is still making an impact on the lives of children and families in high risk areas of Phoenix today.
Miss you, Davey.