In the last few weeks we have lost several great police officers...and they all started with either someone who was pulled over or an attempt to pull someone over.
Police Officer Katherine Mary Thyne
this is such an awful story to share because she and her partner were working in Newport News VA doing a drug investigation. When she approached a car, that driver sped off DRAGGING her for a block before they struck a tree. Officer Thyne was pinned between the car and the tree. She was taken to the hospital but she died from her injuries. She leaves behind her fiancé, 2 year old daughter, mother, 3 brothers, and grandparents.
All she did was approach a car....and she was killed because of their choices.
Police Officer Alan McCollum
He and 2 other officers were conducting a traffic stop when he and one other officer were struck by a drunk driver. His injuries were fatal, but the other officer had non-life threatening injuries. He was a decorated US Army veteran with a Bronze Star and had been a police officer for 7 years...and now his wife and 3 kids. All because someone chose to drink and drive and they were on the side of the road at a traffic stop.
Police Officer Nick O'Rear
A fellow officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver took off so there was a pursuit. Officer O'Rear responded to assist in the pursuit and the driver shot him. He crashed his vehicle and died a few hours later at the hospital. He has a wife and 2 kids with a 3rd child on the way, but because he chose to assist in a police pursuit and someone decided instead of facing their consequences they would take a life.
Trooper Joseph Bullock
ALL he did "wrong" was approach what he thought was a disabled vehicle but one of the occupants shot and killed him!!!
I can't believe this war on our police officers and they really can't "fight" back. Most of our officers are still out on patrol looking for the good in their communities and doing whatever they can to make a difference. It is so so clear to us that we HAVE to provide a visible symbol of support and wear it proudly! They need to see that along with all the horrible things they encounter there are people who appreciate them. We can't just say I "back the blue" or I stand with the "thin blue line" because saying that is not enough...there are officers literally giving their lives for their communities. We need action. For us that is delivering a giveback shirt so when they are feeling unappreciated and unseen, they have a tangible reminder that someone (YOU) care!! For those of you out there serving...please send us a message and let us know how you deal with this!!!
We hope you will join us to make a difference!
Ryan and Amanda