Take a look at this picture of the flower memorial we made at the National Peace Officers Memorial in Washington, DC on May 15th, 2017. We were there honoring and remembering my son, David Glasser, a Phoenix Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on May 18, 2016.
During the memorial in Washington, DC, each family came up – one by one – and put a red flower into the memorial in remembrance of the police officer they lost in the line of duty in 2016.
Do you see what I see?
There are too many red flowers. Way too many. They don’t even fit in the middle of the flower memorial where they are supposed to be.
Too many police officers lost.
Too many families’ lives blown apart.
Too many friends and squad members’ hearts broken.
You and I know that this situation has gotten a lot worse since 2016. The numbers just keep going up. Someone is going to have to redesign this flower memorial for Police Week in October this year. There will be more red flowers than ever.
What can be done? Our culture has shifted away from respect for law enforcement and shifting it back seems like such a monumental task. In an overwhelming situation like this, I like to apply the saying “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. “. I am a doer and achiever and this situation would be extremely frustrating for me except for one thing.
We’re doing something about it.
The year after Davey died, his wife and several of his friends were feeling this same frustration. What can we do make a difference in this situation? How can we help shift our culture back to having respect for police officers?
The David Glasser Foundation was created with the purpose of creating opportunities for Police Officers to have positive interactions with the people in the communities they serve. 99.99% of Police Officers are great people who care deeply about the people they serve. When they get a chance to show how much they care in situations where they aren’t arresting people or giving people tickets, perceptions change. The truth becomes evident.
And the easiest people to influence are kids because they see through the lies and their experience is their reality. So the David Glasser Foundation is focusing on sponsoring programs that provide positive interactions between kids and their families and Police Officers.
We’ve chosen kids sports as the vehicle for these interactions because Davey played several sports himself and was a huge sports fan. Davey learned great things through sports – like being a team player, responsibility, leadership, and perseverance.
In the programs which the David Glasser Foundation sponsors, kids learn these great character qualities along with how to play the sport and they get many positive experiences with Police Officers. It’s a win-win-win.
It feels right to do this as part of Davey’s legacy. It feels right to be an active part of the movement to push back the disrespect and dishonor towards Police Officers.
Many people have already figured out their own part of helping to shift this perception and they are doing it. Great job! If you’re still wondering what you can to do help make a difference, you are welcome to join us at the David Glasser Foundation by donating either on our page on Facebook or at our website.
Together, we can eat this elephant, one bite at a time.
Miss you, Davey.