When the worst happened.
Someone I loved deeply and planned to have in my life for a very long time went to work…..
and never returned. It is my worst nightmare.
My son, Dave Glasser, was a Phoenix Police officer for 12 years. So I know about the small cloud of anxiety that hangs over Police Officers and their families every day. Hoping..
that today is not the day they don’t come back.
Because my son didn’t come back.
And my world exploded.
For 4 1/2 years I’ve been picking up the pieces of my life and figuring out how they fit together around this very large hole in my heart. I know God has a purpose for what happened and one part of that purpose is me sharing some of this journey with you. It’s a very tough road filled with huge mountains and big potholes and constant blind curves. It’s paved with grief and pain, flooded with tears.
Unfortunately, there are way too many people on this road with me – you know what’s it’s like when your son, daughter, husband or friend doesn’t come back.
One of the good things about this nightmare has been my Blue Family. The amount of care and love and encouragement we have received has been phenomenal. Unbelievable. And it started immediately. I remember my first conversation with my boss after Davey was killed and he reminded me of the Employee Assistance Program provided by the company I worked for. I told him I didn’t need it because the Phoenix Police Department had an Employee Assistance Team ‘on steroids’ led by Dave Osborne. We were totally taken care of.
Since then, I cannot tell you how many police officers have talked to me personally and said, “Let me know if you ever need anything. I mean it. Here’s my cell number.” And they’ve shown up when they are needed or whenever they know they can help. When we’ve asked for police volunteers for a David Glasser Foundation event, a crowd of officers always steps forward to prove that they aren’t just saying they will be there for us, they mean it. Davey’s squad has been amazing in their love and support even as they have been working through their pain. The Phoenix Police Department has been awesome in their support of us and of the foundation – always willing to do whatever they can to help.
My family actually does bleed blue. The courage and love and honor that embodies a great Police Officer runs through of the veins of many of my Blue Family members. Others of us in the ‘family’ have hearts of blue because we love and encourage and pray for our members who wear the uniform.
If either of these describe you, thanks for being a part of my Blue Family.
It’s not an easy family to be a part of.
The worst can happen.
Miss you, Davey.
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