When I posted this call to lift our law enforcement officers up in prayer, I had no idea that another tragedy would so quickly happen. I was saddened by the death of Police Officer Garrett Swasey, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado who died in the line of duty yesterday. Please pray for his family, his fellow officers, and the those who were held hostage.
Today is Thanksgiving, so I want to say thanks to a special person: “Hey LEO, I’m thankful for you.”
I realize you might be asking: “LEO? LEO who?”
Well, it’s not my Uncle Leo. That fun loving, nephew-teasing, do-whatever-I-can-do-to-help-you fireman, left this world for a better place in 1990. While I am thankful for Uncle Leo, I want to go public, and say, “I’m thankful for a group of people called LEO.”
The character of our Law Enforcement Officers is under attack. This assault is Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc. It’s poor logic that makes the mistake of claiming that one thing caused another just because it happened first.
Just because a rooster crows and then the sun rises, doesn’t mean that the sun rises because a rooster crows. Too many people are making the same logical assumption. Because one white LEO shoots a black person, does not mean that all white Law Enforcement Officers will shoot all black people.
Are there some bad apples in their ranks? Most definitely, but the rogue are few in number. Many of these men and women are college educated individuals who are punched, kicked, spat on, and cussed out as a part of their daily routine. They go to work dressed in bullet proof vests, because they are willing to risk their lives to protect yours.
Are you aware that during the past 10 years, a total of 1,466 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty? This is an average of one death every 60 hours or 146 per year. In 2014, there were 117 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. During this same time period, there have been 58,930 assaults against law enforcement officers each year, resulting in 15,404 injuries.
Yes, I’m thankful for LEO:
- I’m thankful for the more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States.
- I’m thankful for each one of the 20,538 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and to protect, and whose names are engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
- I’m thankful that while I’m at home in the warmth of my house and feasting on a plate of food, that LEO is at work. Whether it is in Chicago, NYC, Wichita, or El Dorado, I’m thankful for you.
If you’re thankful for LEO, “I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior.” ~2 Timothy 2:1-3