Detective: “I woke up today. My brother in blue didn’t. This is his last call.”

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I woke up today.

As simple as it sounds, my brother didn’t.

I woke to the sound of my favorite playlist and my feet hit the floor.  I got to let the dogs out the door.

Bacon and eggs being prepared fresh in the kitchen, the smell of fresh coffee fills the house as the kids slowly make it down the stairs. Breakfast served and I hit the shower out the door less than an hour. Dressed and ready I say my goodbyes, out the door no tears, no surprise. Tell my little ones how I love them so much and kiss my wife telling her I’ll be home for dinner.

I woke up today, I pulled up to the station and walked inside. In the locker room, I heard the sounds of my brothers and sisters, bickering, laughing and doing what family does. It one of the biggest things that make this what I love.

I don my vest, my shield, and my gun, the weight of it all hangs heavy on my hips while the honor to serve lightens my soul. With honor and pride, I stand at roll call, assignment is given and I’m back out the door.

I woke up today, with this in mind I start out to patrol. My car is clean and filled up with gas, my gear stowed away and ready to serve. I hit the road and patrol my area protecting my flock, they will not be harmed while I’m on the clock.

From Main Street to the parkway… left at the junction back to Main.  No matter the call, my service is the same. I treat all equal, fair and just.

I comfort, I listen.  To honorably serve, it’s a must. I do the best I can with the little I’m given and go above and beyond because it’s more than just a living. My job is calling, its own way of life, I’m ready and willing to make the sacrifice.  I patrol your streets and secure your town, but will you be there if I were to go down?

I woke up today, so I’m sitting on the highway. Traffic enforcement is a small part of my job.  Some people don’t like it, but it is what we do.  I’m tucked away in the brush and someone just drove by me in a rush. I pull out real careful to not cause a crash, pound the gas and I’m off in a flash.

The vehicle gets closer and starts to slow down, we pull to the shoulder and stop just out of town.

The plate comes up clean and the driver seems calm, I watch in the mirror, everything seems the norm.

I approach the driver’s side with a smile and nod and ask for the license and registration for the car. The driver starts digging while saying “yes sir,” so I glance back at traffic and this is what I heard:

“He woke up this morning and came to his job. He served with great honor a testament to us all, it’s always tough to have a brother fall. Our prayer to his mother, his wife, and his kids.”

While the last call for car 7 plays over the air, I try and answer but nobody’s there. I scream and I shout “I’m here, I’m still here” but cannot be heard as my soul drifts away from this world. To my brothers and sisters always stay true, while my time in uniform is done, I’ll always watch you.

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Detective: "I woke up today.  My brother in blue didn't.  This is his last call."

 

This article, submitted by a retired NYPD Detective, made us think of a video produced earlier this year before National police Week that went viral.

The piece from Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Law Enforcement Today in partnership with Dave Bray USA absolutely exploded, garnering millions of views.

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

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