Welcome to Summer!
We have been experiencing warmer than usual weather in San Diego County and with it brings the opportunity for some of our officers to enjoy outdoor activities like golf and Padre games compliments of some of our sponsors. Thank you, Meza Paints, for sharing some Padre tickets and EastLake Country Club for the rounds of golf. You are helping our public safety employees have the opportunity to enjoy some much-needed downtime with their families and friends.
I received a note from a Code 7 supporter whose wife caught the spirit of generosity. Here is their story. Husband received this text from his wife: “I spent $20 at Starbucks and bought two gift cards and gave them to the two Sheriff Deputies.” Next day text: “So I went back to Starbucks for coffee, and there were six Deputies there. I walk inside and the guy I gave a card to and the others gave me the biggest smile. I totally get Wes’s water thing.” So fun!
I responded to four death calls this month while serving with our local trauma response team CAST (Citizens’ Adversity Support Team). One, in particular, was unusually tragic. One of two neighbors that had been feuding for quite awhile shot the other in front of their apartment one morning. Then after a nearly nine-hour standoff with police, the man took his own life. Each of the men had a wife and two small children. Now there are four boys without fathers to raise them, who have been exposed to trauma and violence, and two wives with no husbands. Click here for news story link: CV Shooting & SWAT Standoff
Pray for our officers. They endured long hours in negotiations and in a hostile environment trying to reach a peaceful resolution. I am thankful that no one else was physically hurt but recognize the emotional and psychological toll all these stresses take on the officers’ bodies and on their families as well.
On a lighter note, I was at the grand opening of Jersey Mike’s in National City–a great Code 7 sponsor. Location, location, location…this will make it much easier to bring a popular lunch to cops in the area.
Let’s take a moment to remember the police officers that serve our communities. They encounter daily traffic accidents on our streets, people with guns abusing their rights, families that would rather hit than talk things out, and much more. With your encouragement and support, we make a difference in the lives of our police departments. Say thank you, next time you see a cop. Your kind words can be the highlight of his or her day.