In the war on crime in our great nation, as with any war, there are casualties. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, recently released their statistics on the number of “in the line of duty” deaths for 2014, and FBI Director, James Comey, reacted. “One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” he said. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.” Director Comey made his remarks while in attendance at a memorial service for murdered New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page website, there were 118 in the line of duty deaths in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies around the United States of America, an increase of 13 over the number of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2013.
A simple math perspective would view that as a “not so significant increase” of thirteen or about a 12.5%. However, in the corporate boardrooms across America, those losses would be large enough to require change to be implemented usually among the leadership. And this discussion is not referring to business or profit losses. This is all about the human loss.
The human loss of a sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. The human loss of co-workers, fellow soldiers in the struggle, brothers and sisters in-arms. The human loss of fighters against those who wish to impugn the democracy which we have all so easily taken for granted, in most cases for our entire existence. The human loss of heroes cannot often be explained with common sense or logic.
Whether standing by a grave, casket, urn or even a portrait, the answers never come easy if they ever come at all. Looking into the eyes of a grieving parent, spouse, or child, there are no words that can express sympathy if they are even heard through the shock and numbness of the loss. Thirteen more lost in 2014 than in 2013. Thirteen more families, thirteen more agencies, and thirteen more communities all stung to the core.
Most every reader has experienced the loss of a loved one or maybe even a hero, if not yet, unfortunately they someday will. Those closer losses are very substantial to everyone, but when does the significance of the loss of our defenders and protectors affect us all and not just those so very close to the hero? When will the average citizen see the sacrifice and that sacrifice mean something? Does the number of those killed in the line of duty have to escalate exponentially above 118 for loss to mean something? When do we become thankful to those who serve and protect us?
This writing is specifically dedicated to those lost in the line of duty in law enforcement. However, all due respect and honor is extended to the families and fellow servants of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in all of the emergency services. Also great admiration and gratitude is especially extended to those US Military personnel killed in service for our freedom and to their families and comrades who continually experience their loss daily. Each one sacrificed is one too many.
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Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.