It's hard to believe that it is now almost Christmas, the year has flown by! I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, as did me and my family. Now that the turkey has finally digested, it’s time to “Deck the Halls” and get ready to hit the malls. The malls are sure to be packed, and the hunt for the ever elusive front row parking space is on. For some people this time of year can be difficult. There are those that have lost loved ones, who are feeling sad and alone, and others who find themselves trying to scrape together extra spending money to give gifts. All to often we get caught up in finding that perfect gift, and forget the true meaning of Christmas, which is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. Christmas, in my eyes, has become far too commercialized.
The following poem was sent to me, and I wanted to share it with you. The author is unknown.
“A Police Officer's Christmas Prayer”
Please make this, Lord, a silent night, this one night of the year.
No sirens wailing through the dark, no shouts of hate or fear.
No crumpled cars and twisted steel, no blood and tears that spill.
No messages of grief to take to homes that suddenly grow still.
Please, King of Peace, no drunken fights that wreck the family tree
and all the dreams of some small child who clings, in fear, to me.
Let travelers tread the tinseled streets safe from assault and harm.
On this night, this special night, no blue lights, no alarms.
I'd like to be at home, Oh Lord, where spices and cedar scent the air.
I hope the children don't wake up until I can be there.
Please make this, Lord, a silent night, no hate, or hurt, or crime.
But if this cannot be, Oh Lord, help me get there in time.
At the time of this writing, we recently had one NYPD sergeant killed, and a second seriously injured, and here locally we lost a City of Miami motorman, Jorge Sanchez, all in the line of duty. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these heroes, and their sacrifices to our communities will not be forgotten.
Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the family of Bal Harbour Police Chief, Mark Overton. Chief Overton was an incredibly nice guy, who was well-respected amongst his peers. I know that he will be missed by the fine officers that he led at the Bal Harbour Police Department. Chief Overton served with the City of Hialeah, then went to Miami Beach as the Assistant Chief before becoming the Chief of Bal Harbour. He will be missed. RIP my friend.
We here at the PBA would also like to thank all the volunteers, and those who came out to support an awesome event called the “Honor Flight” at Miami International Airport. The goal of the Honor Flight is to transport every single veteran in America to Washington D.C. to visit those memorials, dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. This year focused on the veterans of WWII, and the oldest veteran participating was 101 years old! To see their faces as they exited the plane, and the hundreds of people waving American flags and shouting their names, was quite moving. To all of our veterans, we here at the PBA see you and thank you for sacrifice.
As we close out 2016, I hope you all take time to reflect about the year, remember all of those we have lost and rejoice in those things we have gained.
As we go into the New Year, I would like to leave you with this quote from Melanie Beattie. “The New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write the story by setting goals.”
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and see you next year!
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