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Brief Snapshot in the Life of a Law Enforcement Officer

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(Photo courtesy Heidi Hogan)

Brief Snapshot in the Life of a Law Enforcement Officer

One hundred and ten plus degree heat indices, carrying a 35-lb. duty belt and wearing a Kevlar vest because evil is out to kill you … and then you’re on duty; …

Another crazy shooting overnight in Lawrence and officer injured; …

A young, New York state trooper shot dead after responding to a domestic dispute; …

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(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

A KCPD chaplain tells me he can’t talk because he’s on a DOA; …

A Wichita officer is shot after a home invasion last night in which he fatally kills intruder, saving the lives of his wife and girls; …

OPPD responds to a double shooting, carjacking, suspect just apprehended; …

Odessa officers respond to Children’s Mercy Hospital for abuse claims as a 1-year-old clings to life after his mom’s boyfriend beat him nearly to death; …

Long Beach, Calif. fire captain responds to fire at complex and is shot to death by resident; funeral today; …

Deputies King and Rohrer families, of Wyandotte County, Kan. try to find a new normal after a thug killed their loved ones; …

(Photo courtesy Heidi Hogan)
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Caskets of Deputy Theresa King and Deputy Patrick Rorher. (Photo courtesy Heidi Hogan)

Officer Wagstaff is learning to walk again today after a bullet pierced his brain as he responded to a burglary call in Independence, Mo. many months ago; …

Mom charged with DUI after officers respond to the scene in the metro where she’s hysterical because she’s slammed her car into a power pole and killed her little girl after having too much wine to drink; …

Lenexa officers escort a man before the judge in a courtroom, who cut up his wife’s body and put it in a storage container in their city; …

Chicago fire lieutenant

Trooper’s wife texted me that her hubby was already late after responding to a fatal in Wichita while headed home from a full shift and then abruptly got called out to go work the prison riot in El Dorado where four corrections officers are missing; …

Officers and EMS respond to call for help after 11-year-old boy’s face is eaten off by relative’s dog … he’s having his first of a lifetime of surgeries at KU Medical Center to reconstruct his face; …

Did I mention the ICE protests that Homeland Security and Border Patrol are handling 24/7? …

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File photo unrelated to ICE protests. (Courtesy Scott L)

And this is literally a five-minute snapshot of one shift in the life of a law enforcement officer and it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what their profession entails. Who do you think cleans up society’s bloody messes? … Sickest tragedies? … Responds to the most disturbing scenes you can’t even begin think up? … Knocks on doors to deliver devastating news to loved ones? … Confronts the evilest demons?

I don’t have ears for your cop hate today. In fact, not today or any day. God bless our law enforcement heroes!

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Support the Thin Blue Line. (Photo courtesy Heidi Hogan)

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalms 144:1).

Heidi Hogan, MSN RN CCRN, is an enthusiastic supporter of the thin blue line and encourager of LEOWs. She is a devoted Christ follower, a wife to her officer and mother. She is a homemaker, a master’s prepared critical care RN, active member of her church and Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Moreover, she is part of Kansas 10-33 Foundation Advisory Council, and can be heard on Bott Radio and The Watch Your 6 Podcast—loving on law enforcement families. She was with Badge of Hope Ministries from 2015-2018 and is currently serving with Midwest Chaplains Association. Heidi emcees the KC Law Enforcement Conference, which will hold its 4th annual seminar this July in KC (www.leomarriages.com). She has spoken at Midwest Chaplains Association Fall and Spring Summits, at LEOW Education/Support events and she also writes for Law Enforcement Today, a widely circulated law enforcement publication.

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Heidi Hogan

Heidi Hogan, MSN RN CCRN, is an enthusiastic supporter of the thin blue line and encourager of LEOWs. She is a devoted Christ follower, a wife to her officer and mother. She is a homemaker, a master’s prepared critical care RN, active member of her church and Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Moreover, she is part of Kansas 10-33 Foundation Advisory Council, and can be heard on Bott Radio and The Watch Your 6 Podcast—loving on law enforcement families. She was with Badge of Hope Ministries from 2015-2018 and is currently serving with Midwest Chaplains Association (http://mwca.online/). Heidi emcees the KC Law Enforcement Conference, which will hold its 4th annual seminar this July in KC (www.leomarriages.com). She has spoken at Midwest Chaplains Association Fall and Spring Summits, at LEOW Education/Support events and she also writes for Law Enforcement Today, a widely circulated law enforcement publication.

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Nailed it. We can never go back to the oblivious life, and they who live it will never understand the price.

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