It is not every day that you get to spend time doing something with people that you think are great. I was lucky enough to spend the last two days interacting with people that I would give my life for, knowing that all of them would do the same for me, and in some cases, they have already proven their loyalty and kindness in many different ways.
I was lucky enough to spend the first two days of a busy week at a Law Enforcement Expo for the Chief’s of Police for MN. I am on the board of a group called MN Association for Injured Peace Officers – I know it is not a stretch as to how I ended up with this group. The great part about this organization is their single goal is to support and mentor officers that have been injured in the line of duty, and to bring mentorship opportunities and resource information to them at a time that is often chaotic and scary. I am honored to be a board member of this organization, and I hope to be able to make a difference in someone’s life, just like they did for me during one of the worst moments of my life – they were there for me, at the hospital, and that made a huge impact on me.
The goal of the last two days was to tell Chief’s and officers about our organization, and to pass along information about both MAIPO, and a great event that I am also part of – on October 11th, MAIPO and another great group, Hunting For Heroes, will be honoring injured officers here in the state of MN, and we will be having a silent auction and dinner to recognize the sacrifices that these officers and their families have made. It is going to be a great event and I can’t wait to be there (Check it out on Facebook at MAIPO and H4H banquet and silent auction).
As we met with people and talked about MAIPO and our hunt to honor heroes, people were excited and amazed that both existed. So many were unaware that MAIPO was here for our injured officers, and that there was a planned event to honor some of those officers was well received. Many offered assistance, products to auction, and checks to donate; it became overwhelming to again recognize the support and honor that law enforcement is capable of showing for one of their own.
I had my own emotional roller coaster moments when I met several officers that I have not seen in many months – almost 27 months to be exact. As officers stopped at the booth and we began to hand them our information, I was often stopped sort with “Hey I know you.” As I would look at them with new eyes, they all said “I met you in the hospital” or “How is your husband?” With each one, I was pulled back for just a second into that time, and when I flashed forward to life now, I was always able to smile and answer with positive feelings, and from me, heartfelt thanks. I may not recognize each and every officer by name that I saw during that crazy time, but my heart remembers.
Being home today with a pile of business cards from people that want to be part of the event is awesome. Knowing that people still care about Frank, and that his peers continue to check in and ask how he is doing makes me feel like the luckiest person on earth – I am thankful for those around me.
Have a great day everyone, I pray that you have people in your life that you are thankful for.