As I sit in a hotel directly across from the Dallas Police Station, I am reminded of how quickly life can change. When I booked this hotel a month ago, this area was perfectly safe and uneventful. It is across from the police, so it was almost extra safe…and then the events of July 7th happened and this spot became a target. Later, this same spot would become a memorial and a place to honor and grieve. Today, it is a place for normalcy as people move on, but changed forever.
On Tuesday, the last DPD officer funeral was conducted in Michigan. My husband was fortunate to get a ticket on the plane provided by Southwest to carry the officers to pay their respects. It humbled us how this airline treated them like celebrities providing full meals and hugs to make a difficult journey better. After attending my first officer funeral, I will forever be changed. He will continue going to work as normal, but I will never see his job the same. My eyes and heart have been opened to the dangers as officers continue to get shot daily.
I hope that time will not desensitize us to the tragedy of losing your life for your job, but the more it happens the more it seems to be our new normal. As much as I am proud of him and the role he serves, for the first time he has talked about doing something else and I cannot blame him.