but he’s not gone.
My son, David Glasser, was a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 2016.
He’s not here but he continues to live on in the lives of the people he touched. And he touched a lot of people.
Davey loved people. He loved talking to people and people were drawn to him because of it. He was a collector of friends and he had a lot of them – from all over the city. I’ve seen him get in a long line at the concession stand at one of the many sports games he attended and, by the time he got up to the order window, he had made a new friend of the guy in front of him or in back of him in line. That guy would show up at the next Cardinal’s tailgate party and be automatically accepted into the crowd of Davey’s buddies.
Davey’s love and acceptance changed us. We belonged when we were with him. It was a special gift he had that sprang from his general love for people.
His influence on our lives is far from gone. His “love you’ echoes in our ears, reminding us to love others every day of our lives – even people we don’t know. I love this picture of a sign someone made –
It has been challenging me to figure out how show more love to people I don’t know –
On freeways – letting cars enter ahead of me even if I have to slow down to make that happen.
Grocery stores – checking the people behind me to see if they have significantly less items that I do so I can let them go ahead of me. I’ve also started letting moms with a ton of kids go ahead of me knowing that waiting in line with all those kids cannot be a fun thing to do.
Doors – I’ve become more aware of people behind me going in and out of doors so I can hold the door for them.
Smiles – having to wear masks in public has really made going out much less personal and pleasant. This world has become a very lonely place – especially for single people. So I try to catch people’s eyes if they are looking at me and smile. I make sure to say ‘hi” if they keep looking at me.
Prayers – I pray for people I pass whose cars are broken down on the side of road. I pray for the police officers and people involved when I see an accident. I pray for the people who are in the ambulance with its lights on as it passes me.
I would like to hear some of the ways you show love to people you don’t know. This world can be a very dark place right now and showing love can help shine some light on the people around us.
As a police officer, Davey showed love and care for people he didn’t know all day, every day. This is what police officers do. Davey also did this in his personal life, role-modeling for us how to love people even when we don’t know them.
Davey’s not here, but he’s not gone.
Miss you, Davey.