Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Have a Nice Day
I thought this was worthy of a late night post.
I was going to an assignment this evening and got into trouble with that radar gun the officer is holding.
I was well out of Crisfield, but still in the county, and was near my destination when this officer stepped out into the road and waved me off to one side. I had really hoped it was a routine check. It wasn't.
It seems that I had been speeding. Oh, and I forgot to put my seat belt back on after I got gas a few miles back. I mean, I was almost at my destination.
The reason that I am posting this is that I think the world of these people. They do not get the respect they deserve. All of our city and county law officials, our firemen, and our EMS workers, rank right up there with our soldiers in the "my heroes" category. They are the constant defenders of our safety, and to stop me for speeding...well, it's their job.
We just don't think about these people until we need them. Your yard man may not show up, your kids may disappoint you, your electrician may be a day late, your contractor may get sick, and your date may stand you up. But you know what? These people will be there for you when you need them, and they would put their lives on the line if necessary to save you from harm.
It is not the people in the White House or in Congress or the Senate who keep this country running. It is people like this guy. They are our government.
Now about the picture. I could have taken his picture without asking, or he could have waved me off when he saw the camera, but he didn't. In fact, when I framed the photo, I asked him to bring his radar gun up a little so I could get it in the photo.
I thought that was pretty cool of him.
Next time you get stopped for speeding, think about the man or woman who stops you. Think about life without them.
Have a nice day.