Submitted by Tabitha Cornish
In light of the recent string of officers falling in the line of duty, I’d like to share with you a “feel good” tribute.
Myself, along with my 11-year-old twins, Cash and Sidnie, are in the midst of honoring each and every one of our nation’s law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty to date this year.
The twins have named it the #2019FallenOfficerTribute runs.
Instead of honoring our law enforcement heroes collectively, we wanted to do something more. So, together we have learned about every single officer killed – their names, the specific department they served, how each of them died, and who they left behind.
We then decided to run for “each” of them.
Beginning on June 24th (the night after I received the alert that Officer Michael Langsdorf was killed), my kids and I made the commitment to run one mile each day for each of the officers who have died in the line of duty this year. What began as 59 officers killed in the line of duty as of June 24th has now grown to 73 officers. We have made a vow to continue running for every single officer who may be killed through the end of the year;
To date, the three of us have now run 73 miles in honor of these heroes.
We began our run each day starting at a local Sonoma or Marin County law enforcement office. Our first run began at Windsor PD, where Deputy Larry Matelli will actually ran a mile with us in honor of the very first fallen officer of the year, Joseph Shinners. We’ve run at Cotati PD, Petaluma PD, Sebastopol PD, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Rohnert Park PD, Healdsburg PD, Santa Rosa PD, Marin Sheriff’s Dept, San Rafael PD, Novato PD, Sonoma County CHP Office, Cloverdale PD, and again at Rohnert Park PD.
You can find and document our runs using the #2019Fallenofficertribute hashtag on social media, as well as on my Facebook page. Most of the local police departments social media sites have also posted video montages and photos of our runs. For every run, we always included a video message to name and recognize the specific officers we are running for on each given day. We say a few words about them, to show them that they are not just “cops” but rather “individuals” whom we’ve learned about, whom we respect, and whom we will never forget.
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It is my duty and obligation as a mother (along with my husband Dennis), in today’s growing culture of hate toward law enforcement, to teach our two children to always show the respect and honor that our heroes have earned, and to bring awareness to the honor, integrity, courage, and commitment they bring to the job in their effort to protect each of us every single day, especially in light of individuals who show such misplaced disrespect and disdain for our law enforcement officers.
It’s so important us to show that these officers did not die in vain, and that we as a country remember them, support them, and honor them.
— CHP Santa Rosa (@CHPSantaRosa) July 5, 2019
In short (or rather long) I just wanted to share this “good bit of news” with you for the difference Cash and Sidnie are making to the departments we have visited. It is tremendously humbling to see how special they have made Cash and Sidnie feel, when they are the ones we are honoring.
A lot of people have asked what our affiliation/relation to law enforcement is, or if we have family members in law enforcement. We don’t (nor have we ever) had any family members in law enforcement. Though, I can say I have a growing feeling that there may be a future in law enforcement for my son, Cash. We want him to know that it would be a valiant and noble occupation, and not one to disrespect or fear.
On a side note, last Christmas Cash and Sidnie chose to dump out their piggy banks and give all of their Christmas money to the Northern California C.O.P.S chapter. They were able to donate just under $600 directly to support those who have lost a family member or coworker in the line of duty.
Submitted by Tabitha Cornish
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