Tonight marks the Candlelight Vigil at National Police Week, a solemn event paying tribute to fallen officers.  And as Police Week gets under full swing, a video has gone viral that’s an absolute punch to the gut for anyone with family and friends in law enforcement.

The piece from Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Law Enforcement Today in partnership with Dave Bray USA has absolutely exploded (video at bottom).

The video picked up nearly 1.5 million views within less than two days of launching.  

It features officers from the Manchester, Connecticut police department and cops from other agencies across America.  The second half of it shows the face and End of Watch of every police officer killed in the line of duty.

  1. That’s how many Line of Duty Deaths there were in 2018, as reported by the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Manchester, CT Police Officers

The video opens up with six people wearing street clothes.  They’re talking about being just regular, every day people. 

Then they transition into uniforms and talk a bit about being police officers.

Manchester, CT Police Officers

 

The message is simple – whether in uniform or without, these are the Sheepdog.  They are always watching.  Always protecting.  That uniform might come off, but the sense of duty does not.

“We wanted to bring attention to the fact that law enforcement officers are more than just a uniform – we are human just like the people in the communities we serve, said Lt. Ryan Shea, the Public Information Officer for Manchester Police. 

But that’s not all.  They also wanted to show solidarity with their brothers and sisters as we entered into National Police Week.

“We also wanted to honor LEOs who died in the line of duty last year – and show the families that they will never be forgotten by those who hold the thin blue line,” said Shea.

The storyboard for the video was written by our National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes, and created by his production team at The Silent Partner Marketing. 

They debated whether or not the video was too long, and ultimately decided that was the entire point.

“The video would have been too long if we even had to feature the face of just ONE fallen officer,” said Reyes. “The sad truth of it is that we’ve lost so many more.”

His team finally kept the video as-is to send a message.

“Those we’ve lost leave behind husbands, wives, sons, daughters, parents and friends.  This video NEEDED to be as long as it was.  Because only when you see the sheer volume of the number of warriors we’ve lost does the reality of what’s happening in our country really set in.”

Here’s what the officers say in the video:

Our kids had a play date together after preschool.

We chatted in line at the grocery store.

I sit behind you in church on Sundays.

I crushed you at Fantasy Football.

I’m your neighbor.

I’m a hockey coach.

Sometimes I’m in uniform.

Sometimes I’m in a police car.

Sometimes I’m struggling with things I’ve seen.

Sometimes I’m saying goodbye.

Sometimes I’m working in schools.

Sometimes I’m saving lives.

But I’m always watching.

We are the sheepdog

We are always among you.

We are always vigilant.

We are always on guard.

We mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters.

We stand beside their survivors.

This National Police Week… we reaffirm our pledge that they will never be forgotten.

That we will always protect.

Always defend.

Because we ARE

The thin blue line

God bless America

The story is weaved together over the song “Last Call” by Dave Bray USA.  In the second half of the video, we see the faces of the fallen with the words “Enough is Enough” over the top.

The images seem to go on forever… and an incredibly fast pace.

The scope of how many we’ve lost is breathtaking… and scary.

Here are Dave Bray’s words in the song:

Man down, man down, I’m bleeding out

There’s no time, no time so please hear me out

These are the last few words that I’d like to say to you all

This is my last call

Tell my wife I love her, and that I wont be home tonight

Thank her for those long hard years that we tried to get it right

Tell her I’ll be waiting after she makes it through it all

This is my last call

But ask her to forgive me,

and tell her I’m sorry that I can’t be the man that she’s gonna need

Tell her I’ll be waiting where the winter meets the fall

This is my last call

Tell my children that I love them,

oh that daddy always loved them so

Tell them to hold their mother tight and to never let her go

Tell them I’ll always be watching looking over them through it all

This is my last call

Tell them to fight for me

Do what’s right for me

Choose the light for me

Don’t ever forget me

Tell them I’ll always be watching,

and I’ll be there when they fall

This is my last call

For those who served beside me,

and who held that thin blue line

Stand tall, stand strong and hold your head up high

I’m sorry I let you down today, but please know I gave my all

This is my last call

My last –

So raise a glass for me,

and kick some ass for me

Ring a bell for me

Send ’em straight to hell for me

I’d like to think I’ve saved a few good lives, but I couldn’t save them all

This is my last call

Yeah, I’d like to think I’d saved a few good lives, but I couldn’t save my own

This is my last call

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) is the charity of choice for Law Enforcement Today and we are proud to be partners with this incredible organization.

For the last 35 years, C.O.P.S. has created a tight-knit community of survivors. They ensure that everyone who has lost an officer in the line of duty knows they are never alone. Through annual conferences around the country to local chapters to weekend getaways and programs for children, they provide support when it feels like there is none.

We’re honored to be joining them at National Police Week this year.

For those of you who don’t know about NPW, every year since 1982, a memorial service honoring the men and women who perished in the line of duty is held during the week of May 15th in Washington DC.

What started with a group of 120 police survivors at a memorial has blossomed into a week-long event that boasts attendance rates in the tens of thousands.

Country music star Mark Wills will be playing at the Blue Honor Gala Tuesday night.

In addition to sponsoring the vigil, C.O.P.S. will also be holding their annual Blue Honor Gala, a formal affair that gets active and retired LEO’s and their spouses on the dance floor, as well as providing drinks, food, and a private concert by country music star Mark Wills.  This year it will include special guests from the hit show Blue Bloods.

In the meantime, take a moment to watch this powerful video and pass it along.  This National Police Week and every day… let us never forget.