Our country is full of heroes, heroes who sacrifice their lives and put them on the line each day. They respond to the call. These heroes go about their day serving, protecting, sacrificing, and ultimately leaving a legacy of heroism, strength, and courage. They are the mighty men and women in blue. They are our law enforcement, our police.

Our law enforcement officers save many from distress and are the key to keeping our cities safe. We are kept safe without realizing that the safety they provide is being shared by the ones who cherish them the most, their families.

These officers are much more than just the peacekeepers of our city; they are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, friends, and to most a memory. As our officers gear up each day, preparing to serve and protect, their families are unseen heroes who support and sacrifice with them. These heroes are often in the background, striving to be a support system, a fan, an encourager, a peace, and a wound healer.

There are times and seasons in the lives of their families, some filled with many joys, and at times, much sorrow. There are those that stand alongside them and those who are left standing. Their families, although not officially sworn into the police department, are sworn in by the love they share and have promised.  Their support and encouragement are shown when they allow their officer to walk out the door each day, unsure of their return and sharing their safety with the rest of the city and country. They are the ones who hold their breath at the news of a fallen officer. These precious families try to understand and sacrifice on holidays, birthdays, gatherings, and at times at their officer’s end of watch.

Many of these heroes behind the heroes not only uphold strength for their officer but for their children. Many law enforcement children are not often seen as heroes. But, they are! These children try to understand when their law enforcement mother or father are absent at their birthday party, Christmas mornings, recitals, games, school programs, Thanksgiving meals, bedtime, and so much more. Our children in blue, although proud of their parent, know that there is much more than just catching the bad guys. They too sacrifice their mother or father on duty and are unaware most of the time at how much of an impact their mom or dad are making in this world.

Many of our heroes today are those who were left standing till the very end. These heroes hold onto the memories, they support others who have lost their loved one in the line of duty, and at many times remain strong for the sake of their law enforcement family. They are the ones that fear their officer will be forgotten, although we know in our hearts they will be honored and never forgotten. Their dedication and sacrifice will be told to our future generation of police officers to come.

At the beginning of each day our officer’s go to roll call. It is there that they announce their presence. It is there that they respond to the call. You too respond to the call each day in the role you play. As we honor our men and women who serve and protect this country, we want to say thank you to all those who stand behind and beside them and to those who have stood behind these warriors. For the families who have lost their loved one in the line of duty, we mourn with you and we hold you dear to our hearts.

Families in blue, you are living courageously and we honor every one of you. You have responded to the roll call of honor. The role you play is so vital in our officer’s lives. It is you who keep them believing in the good things of life and the joy in making memories. You stand proud by our uniformed men and women who fight battle after battle on the streets. Our law enforcement families are to be looked upon in reverence. We honor you today and always, you are truly the heroes behind the heroes.

Allison P. Uribe is an auxiliary chaplain with the San Antonio Police Department.  Allison’s husband has been a San Antonio police officer for 10 years.  She is also a chaplain with Serve and Protect, serving the spiritual and emotional needs of law enforcement, fire/ rescue, and corrections.  To learn more about Serve and Protect, contact them at www.serveprotect.org or 625-373-8000.   Allison is the founder of Wives on Duty Ministries, designed to support and encourage wives of law enforcement and other emergency services through the word of God. For more information contact www.wivesonduty.com or email Allison at [email protected]. Allison attended Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, Allison is a lead community chaplain and student with Global University Berean School of the Bible. She is the author of, “Because I’m Suitable-The Journey of A Wife on Duty”, geared toward wives of law enforcement. To get your copy today go to http://www.amazon.com/Because-Im-Suitable-Journey-Wife/dp/1449740839