On Thanksgiving Day 2012, I am reflecting on the many things I am grateful for in my life.  I am grateful for my health, my family and my community.  I am very blessed to be working as a LEO, a career I have desired since I was a kid.

I am grateful for our political system that we have just completed another general election here in the U.S. which was free from violence, corruption, and turmoil.  The voters freely made their choice.

I am grateful today knowing that I as go to work that many law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will be focusing in on travel safety especially removing the impaired drivers off our roadways while encouraging the use of seat belts in our motor vehicles.  Many LEOs will be protecting our transportation centers ensuring a safe travel environment for our public.

I am grateful for the judge in Canton, Ohio who went above and beyond sentencing a woman who struck a LEO directing traffic with her motor vehicle.  The woman will be serving a dinner today to several LEOs who are injured as a form of restitution for her bad decision.

I am grateful for the many law enforcement agencies and law enforcement unions who spent the past several weeks collecting food items and delivering food baskets all across the U.S.  From coast to coast, LEOs and their families have been assisting others in their off duty time providing the fixings for our neighbors who may be struggling.

I am grateful for the many law enforcement agencies and law enforcement unions who host or will be serving a holiday meal for our neighbors in need who may be alone in our communities. In my hometown, Natick, Mass. All 4 generations of Ron and Nora Ordway’s family once again hosted their open door Thanksgiving meal for the community.  Ron is a grateful World War 2 veteran. He and his wife, Nora are some of the tireless advocates in our community.  This tradition continues today which provides a traditional home cooked meal and all the fixings while providing fellowship for many in our community. Within the Ordway family are 3 police officers who serve in the Natick, Wayland and Wellesley Police Departments.

I am grateful to many groups like the Great Commission Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi who are hosting their Give Thanks for Our Heroes-Police-Fire-EMS feast today.  Thanks for remembering us!

I am grateful today for the many law enforcement groups who have helped our brothers and sisters in the Tri-State area following Hurricane Sandy.  I am grateful for the Massachusetts National Guard and their military police units who have safely returned home from a deployment to New York along with a large group of Massachusetts State Police troopers who safely returned from New Jersey.  Today, let’s remember the many other public safety professionals and utility workers who continue to travel to these areas to help restore these communities affected by the hurricane.

I am grateful for the NYPD and their personnel who have endured 12 hour tours since the hurricane.  Many officers have been living out of the precinct stations because their homes have been damaged.  Today, they will be standing strong and proud protecting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, an American tradition.   Let’s remember to support all public safety professionals and their families who live in these areas as they have been performing double duty during this time.

Many of us are working this Thanksgiving holiday weekend which is a time for family gatherings, hometown football games, reunions with old friends and the crazy beginning for holiday retail shopping.

Let’s make the extra effort to thank our loved ones for their support and give thanks for living in the greatest country on this earth.  I am honored by the LEOs who go above and beyond every day in our communities.  This is another example of why we are the honorable profession.

“One person can make a difference and everyone should.” – President John F. Kennedy

These are great words for all of us to consider everyday quoted by a courageous President we lost 49 years ago today.

Ask the GOD of your understanding to continue to bless these great United States while thanking that GOD for what we have been given.

Happy Thanksgiving!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE IN OUR HONORABLE PROFESSION!

Stay safe and be well!

Sgt. Mark St.Hilaire is a 27 year veteran police officer serving in a suburb of Metro-west Boston, Mass.  He is a volunteer police peer assistant to a regional C.I.S.M. team.  You can contact him by confidential email at: [email protected].  Follow Mark on Linked In or Twitter: @NPD3306.