In Memory: 05/27/16

“Dear Officer,
Thank you so much for helping our comeunity all these days. I appreciate that you keep us relley really safe.
your frend,
Charishma”

[Note: that is the best spelling of community I’ve ever seen. Let’s hope this kid is right!]

A Tribute: The NYPD Memorial 5K

Yesterday, my parents and I and over 2500 others participated in the NYPD Memorial Run to honor the legacy of of the 882 NYPD officers who have fallen in the line of duty. 882 souls who have given their lives to protect those of the citizens of NYC.

It was a very moving experience. Beginning with an invocation by an NYPD chaplain, that was both poignant and humorous (delivered with a great New York accent!), the singing of the national anthem by a female officer, and the mournful playing of the bagpipes during a moment of silence for our fallen heroes.

Most striking to me was seeing all the personalized race bibs, many with names of the recently fallen, and many more graced with names of officers whose legacy endures even though they have left us long time past. “My brother” is what my bib said. Others wore bibs that marked their own relationship to an officer: my son, my husband, my partner, my father, my cousin, my friend, my hero, … The list goes on. Let us honor those who have left us, but let us also remember those who are left behind, for enduring their unthinkable loss. The officers, the families, the friends and supporters all deserve our deepest gratitude.

I also want to mention that we understand that Dave is not an “official” fallen NYPD officer as he had retired and joined another department. Yet, there were close to 100 people there to honor him. Thank you to each one of you. There are so many people who are making a tremendous effort to make sure his sacrifice is honored in NYC as well. I want to take this opportunity to thank Bryan R. who has been at the forefront of these efforts. Thank you, Bryan, for all you’ve done and all you continue to do for Dave. And, thank you, to everyone who is helping with this in the background. We may not know each of you, but know that we’re grateful.

In Memory: 05/23/16

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Dear Euless Police Department,
you are very hard you sode take a brak, and I know that work is a hard job for you and whowhaver barck the law you can fix it and that is why you impotin and in school you tell safty ruals thats is who I like you. u are very nice to popole and that is how people sould respet you and that is a good way and I will like your dog they take care of Baby and they are very playfull and in your Belt you have a lot of cool stuf and you use that stuf only for Big emges and in your car they is a comptur that can chack the Bad gus and put them in jail or give them a tick for Draving fast and that is very cool and you can go fast to cach the Bad gus or the man who is Dariveing fast and if you are in a hur you can chang the light to green when it is on red and you only do that becuos someone brack the law and is very cool and th camers take picase if someone run a red lights and you can charck him down with your compouther it whould be much Easyer then looking and that is now I like and and I went in one of your cars it has a lot of a cool stuf in they and I wish I can be a Police man when I grow up and you are nice and and that make you impotet and you all so save live and that is like a super Hero and that is how you are cool.

In Memory: 05/21/16

“In The Honor of Police Offier David Hofer
I am ┬áThankful for Police Officers because they make us safe they check if people follow the Law. They ┬áMake us away from bad Guy they vist schools to tell detail about what they do And tell who is queit”

[Note: The one person says to the other: Good job following the law!]

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In Memory: 05/19/16

“Dear police department
Hello. I realy like your work that you do I think a police is a very importent Job. I know you try your very best. I want to be a police. I have some questions for you. How do you be a police. Next I want to know what do you trane.”

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