The Unexpected Special Heroes
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 officers, in 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
K9 Remi Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch Police, MI EOW: Monday, January 13, 2014 Cause of Death: Automobile accident
K9 Gorky Davie County Sheriff’s Office, NC EOW: Thursday, January 23, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire
K9 Jager Petersburg Police Department, VA EOW: Monday, January 27, 2014 Cause of Death: Fall
K9 Rocco Pittsburgh Police Department, PA EOW: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Cause of Death: Stabbed
K9 Maros United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, US EOW: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire
K9 Mick Portland Police Bureau, OR EOW: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Cause of Death: Gunfire
K9 Ike Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, MD EOW: Saturday, May 3, 2014 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
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.