Her Dad Is a Cop and Her Words Will Break Your Heart
How do you tell a child that their parent is dead?
How do you let a little boy or girl know that their mom or dad will never come home…because they died trying to protect someone?
Megan O’Grady is 15-years-old. She’s one of three amazing kids . . . and her dad has been in law enforcement for 25 years.
Her greatest fear is her dad not coming home . . . and her young heart breaks each time she hears the story of a kid who lost their parent.
The attack on the officers in Dallas, Texas was the breaking point for her. She decided she needed to do something to help kids. And so she started a company called Blue Line Bears.
It’s a non-profit organization and it’s incredibly simple and powerful. Megan makes teddy bears out of the uniform shirts of fallen officers and gives them to their children.
There’s only so much that needs to be said by me about this incredible young lady. And so I’m going to simply leave you with HER words. This is an essay she wrote for her English Honors course. I hope you’ll SHARE her words when you’re done reading them.
This I Believe
Growing up as a daughter of a police officer was fun as a child. I got to tell stories about how my dad arrested guys twice his size and wasn’t even scared or I could tell anyone who was mean to me on the playground, that my dad would arrest them for being mean. Of course he never did, but it always intimidated people. I have always looked at my dad as a role model. On Dr. Seuss Day, my dad would come in uniform and read to my class wearing his red and white hat every year. I thought he was the coolest dad ever. Sometimes he would surprise me and come to school and eat lunch with me and my friends while he was in uniform. I thought it was so sweet of him to use his lunch break to spend time with me. He once let my Girl Scout troop visit the police department and he gave us a tour and he let the police dog attack him when he had a protective suit on. I thought he was the bravest guy in the entire world. I used to always hug him goodbye without fear, but now when he leaves for work I worry about him being safe.
As I have grown older, my views have changed drastically. It turns out, as a kid, I thought the world was filled with people singing “Kumbaya” in a giant circle, but it’s not. The world has somehow developed a negative attitude towards the people like my dad. While I was watching the news one day there was a clip that showed a man with a megaphone and a crowd surrounding him. The man with the megaphone yelled, “What do we want?” then the people yelled, “Dead cops!” and then he yelled, “When do we want them?” and the crowd replied, “Now!” I started crying immediately. These people were out to kill people like my dad. People don’t realize that there is a fine line between good and evil and the police are the ones standing on that line and holding back the evil so that the good can live without fear.
After seeing instances where police have started to get killed because of their occupation, I realized that my dad walks out the door and into work with the knowledge that the hug I just gave him might just be the last. Yet, he would still jump in front of a bullet without hesitation if it meant he was saving someone, even someone who might hate him. Unfortunately, there are people who don’t see him as a human being with feelings and a family at home. They only see his uniform and automatically assume that he is a heartless and brutal person. But instead, he is my dad who tells me I can’t date until I’m 95 and still tucks me in at night even though I’m 14.
I believe people should respect police officers more, because of the sacrifices they make. Each has parents and most have a spouse and kids that they risk losing daily. Cops don’t just wake up and think, “Hey why don’t I just kill some people so I can have more people hate us?” They wake up thinking that they have to go to work and it will be a good day, but a person can change that day into the day where that police might have to take someone’s life in order to protect others. They are all human. I believe that society should start treating them like humans. Don’t look at the badge, but instead look at the person. Look at the person who coaches their son’s baseball team, walks his daughter down the aisle, and goes to Mass on Sundays. I believe they should not be discriminated against. All cops have goals and ambitions, they love others, and they have good and bad days, just like everyone. I believe the police should be appreciated. I want my dad to see me graduate, see me at my wedding, and even hold my future child. I believe police should be judged on their actions, not their occupation.
You can learn more on her Facebook page @Blue Line Bears.
Kyle S. Reyes is co-host of The Whiskey Patriots and the Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and social media. You can follow him on Facebook.
(Photo courtesy Blue Line Bears Facebook)