All Balls

All Balls

Main Street Backs the Blue

I have been a police dispatcher for 26 plus years. I have two nephews and a niece that are police officers. I have a nephew that is a former fire fighter and one that works with the American Red Cross. I have an extended family of men and women in blue that are as close to me as my own flesh and blood.

I have lost a very close friend and co-worker in the line of duty. I have watched his children grow up without their father. I have witnessed first hand the pain and sorrow that comes with the day to day lives of police officers and first responders. I know at any moment when that radio keys up that lives could be on the line. I know I am a life line to the 60 plus officers that depend on me everyday. I know that when I call for help, they will be there for me.

The last several weeks have made me sick to my stomach the senseless lives of law enforcement that have been lost and the families left behind to mourn their death and try to move forward in a positive manner.

In less than 72 hours, a citizen that cares the same way I do, turned to social media for a turn this "attitude" around. She called for the citizens of Fort Worth to come together as "ONE" and show the men and women of the FWPD that they have our support and love. On Monday, September 7, 2015 - Labor Day, more than 3,000 people came to a rally to support FWPD. I was more than honored to be a part of. Wheatie and I  stood with my nephew and niece, my fellow co-workers, friends and strangers. I listened to several state representatives, the mayor, the president of the police association, and numerous other speakers commend, applaud, recognize and praise the FWPD. It was an amazing hour !