Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Law Enforcement

As a majority of you know, my beloved father worked for the West Allis Fire Department.  It was the norm for us to visit the Station.  The guys would help us girls into the fire trucks and ambulance.  We loved hanging out and were truly a part of a family.  

Firefighters not only fight fires, they save lives.  They go into a variety of unknown situations.  Every single call is a risk, one they are willing to take, to ensure the citizens are well taken care of.  The uniforms they wear on the job are simple.  Dark tops and pants, including an emblem or badge.  It's a uniform one can count on. 

I grew up respecting and honoring men in uniform.  I have known not only Firefighters, but Police Officers as well.  Despite the fact I've been pulled over for speeding, I have never felt disrespected or in fear of Law Enforcement.  Every single time I've felt the need to call for my own safety, the situations have been taken care of professionally and accurately. 

The recent news regarding the shooting in Ferguson brings many things to light.  Because I was not present, I cannot comment on the situation from a witness point of view.  Many videos have been posted online only to show a very similar viewpoint.  It is now being highly suggested that all Police Officers wear cameras in order to protect themselves and the citizens involved in any type of call.

A few items should be addressed.  First off, video has been edited to show what occurred after the shooting.  A lifeless body, lying in the street, Law Enforcement milling around.  What it doesn't show is what occurred from the minute the officer demanded the young man and his friend move from the middle of the road until the shooting.  

Fergusen has suffered.  Those who live within the community could not have imagined having to rebuild due to the fact that many have chosen to loot, steal and shoot at Police.  We cannot blame the entire city, nor can we blame the Police as well.

I want to take this time to honor our Law Enforcement, the ones who put their lives on the line every single day.  I cannot imagine a man or woman opt to sign up for a job in order to take the life of any innocent individual.  Just like our Military, they swear to protect and serve, only to be thrown into the fire every minute of every day.  I want to let you know that a great majority of us refuse to take the actions of one bad apple and apply it to all.  Those of us who prefer peaceful lives thank you each and every day for allowing us the opportunity to call you when we feel unsafe.  

I want to throw out a special thanks to my friend Eric Ratzmann.  From his years as a tall, skinny, skateboarding kid in highschool, this man has grown into a compassionate, giving, volunteer who has placed his life on the line within the Milwaukee Police Department.   

I am asking each one of us to forgo placing judgment on anyone wearing a Badge.  Most of us will never understand leaving the house, not knowing if you will come home at night.  Yet you do understand that if you call, they will come.   

To all of the Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty; rest in peace.  Prayers to all who love you!

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