The Unexpected Special Heroes

oursoldiers Although May is the traditional month given to the remembrance of the fallen, those enlisted men and women who died while serving and defending their countries, we wanted to remind folks that everyone’s  gratitude is encouraged every day.  

We believe it is so easy to forget and take for granted basic freedoms and domestic security  we enjoy in the homeland and abroad.   A quick, personal conscious reflection upon this helps make us more aware of the people who handle these worries and dangers so that the rest of us may go about our lives in peace. And it underscores our debt of gratitude and appreciation owed for this assurance of security, liberty, and  freedom to pursue our personal happiness in attaining dreams we envision for ourselves.

  Let us never forget: freedom comes with a heavy price — the lives of countless countrymen and patriots.

The full month of May is actually dedicated to those in enlisted service here in America. The Armed Forces of all branches of our defense are acknowledged and recognized for the active duty personnel; Memorial Day acknowledging those who’ve died, of course.

 

Even though it is now June, we wanted to pay honor and tribute to the dogs who serve as soldiers and police officersin this post.

 

These dogs are highly trained and specialize in tasks which expose them to some of the most hazardous duties that no man is capable of doing. The cop or soldier who handles the dog is indeed the partner of the animal throughout his service.  Sometimes they die together on the job. They are partners until the end, usually.

We wanted to pay tribute to the dog-soldiers with the following clip.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

 

 

It is also the month to remember those who lose their lives protecting and serving on police duty; those who put their lives on the line in the name of public safety here at home.

A favorite fellow blogger, Samina, dedicates her blog to the police and public safety officers’ support. She features  some very interesting posts about the K 9 dogs, including some really cute pics!

 

 

From the “Officer Down Memorial Page” (www.odmp.org/k9), these are the K 9 officers lost in 2014,  all died due to causes which came about as they were on-duty, working.  “EOW” means End of Watch/Date of Death

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch Police, Michigan K9 Remi Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch Police, MI EOW: Monday, January 13, 2014 Cause of Death: Automobile                    accident

Davie County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina K9 Gorky Davie County Sheriff’s Office, NC EOW: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Petersburg Police Department, Virginia K9 Jager Petersburg Police Department, VA EOW: Monday, January 27, 2014 Cause of Death: Fall

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Police Department, PA EOW: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Cause of Death: Stabbed

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government K9 Maros United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, US EOW: Wednesday, March               12, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon K9 Mick Portland Police Bureau, OR EOW: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire

Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Maryland K9 Ike Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MD EOW: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle

Read more: http://www.odmp.org/search/year/2014?ref=sidebar#ixzz3424waR2d

k9graveLVsun3  Officer Down is a large compiled database of those police killed in the line of duty in U.S. with records going back to the 1800’s, perhaps further. It is a worthwhile place to visit.

 

Hugs,  CJ and Morguie

© C.S. Thompson, 2014.

6 Responses to “The Unexpected Special Heroes”

  1. Reblogged this on The Lexicans and commented:
    A blogger who lives in my area. She had this up the other day. I thought it should be spread around.
    ORPO Sends.

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  2. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a couple of police dog handlers and to meet the dogs here in our town. They truly are special teams. Thanks for this post.

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    • That’s wonderful, Dan. These members of the service branches and of law enforcement teams are extremely valuable. What’s sad is that our U.S. gov’t thinks of the military dogs as “equipment” thus treating them as such…the vets who handled them while enlisted do not have any feasible way of being able to take the dogs or to adopt them when their enlistment is over. The dogs are just left in the countries where they were used and if a vet wanted to adopt one, he would be forced to pay all of the fees and expenses of getting them back to the homeland. That’s ridiculous!
      Glad you thought the post was worthwhile. We appreciate your comment very much!

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      • I didn’t know that about military dogs. That’s sad. I would guess that there is a very strong bond between the dogs and the handlers. I can’t imagine the pain of having to leave a dog behind.

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