Heroes recognize each other.
They sense it when they have read about or met another person who has the same level of commitment to the greater good as they do. These heroes are willing to put themselves at risk in order to help or protect others.
Of course, none of them would call themselves heroes. But we do. Because looking at their lives, we see something special. We see a level of love and courage and sacrifice in their lives that we just don’t see in our own lives.
My son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police Officer killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016, loved Pat’s Run. He signed up for next year’s run as soon as this year’s run was over. He recruited groups of friends and family every year to run beside him. And as soon as Micah, his son, was old enough Micah was running in the kid’s run – with Davey right beside him.
Now I realize Davey loved to honor the memory of Pat Tillman because Davey had the heart of hero beating inside of him.
He shared Pat’s burning need to be more,
and give more
and protect more.
Davey recognized these things in Pat’s life because he had the same passions inside of him.
To us, Pat’s run has now become a remembrance of all those who served others selflessly and lost their lives. Davey’s squad members proudly carry the Blue Line Flag as a way to dedicate their run to their brothers and sisters in the Thin Blue Line who gave their lives protecting their communities. It’s a virtual run again this year but hopefully next year crowds of people with #42 on their shirts will be back running on the streets of our cities, remembering and honoring a hero. Our team will be running to remember and honor all heroes.
As a soldier, Pat Tillman put himself at risk to serve his country. As a Police Officer, Davey put himself at risk every day to serve the people in his city.
And they both lost their lives because of the heart of a hero that beat inside of them.
Miss you, Davey.