The music you are listening to is, "Chariots", from the movie, "Chariots of Fire".
This page is dedicated to Bill's Friend, William R. Stewart, who often worked beside Bill. A former State Bureau of Narcotics Agent,
William R. Stewart.
Gunned down in the line of duty.
Funeral was at the State Capital.
This occurred before Bill retired.
The commentary below was written by me before I had brain injury (It has been edited by my webmaster).
It followed a letter to the editor in our "Voice of People" news complaining about our law enforcement officers taking coffee breaks. As a follow-up to the letter, my commentary was placed in our Newspaper and in our "Voice of People" news.
I am a law enforcement officer's wife. I am married to a wonderful husband who is also a father who loves his children dearly. He not only shares his life with his family but with you, the people of this area and other surrounding areas. He chose to be hired as one of your law enforcement officers and because he cares about his job I am very proud to be his wife. I am pleased most of all because my husband is happy in his profession. His job is to help protect innocent citizens from lawless people, it involves long hours of frustration and danger, consisting of such scenes as:
Those drunk drivers who endanger the lives of us all; those who sit in cars in parking lots and at schools; and on the streets waiting to harm little children and lives of others; the drug addicts, who not only hurt themselves but expose this to innocent lives. The policeman's job is to be the first to enter a darkened building after a burglary; and sometimes even help pick up the pieces of shattered lives.
My husband not only belongs to his family and citizens in our community, but his life is in service for God. God knew we would need law enforcement officers to help protect us from the many crimes of the world, so He has seen to it that we do have good law enforcement officers.
So many times when you go into a profession you are happiest at; the qualities of being good at your job are within you from the beginning. I am thankful that there are men and women born with this drive in them, brave and dedicated. They have all the qualities it takes to be a good law enforcement officer. They often see it all, and they have to have the heart to live with all that they have seen.
I feel that my husband and our family are faced with the same dangers, fears, and risks that every family lives with. However, we also have to live with the fears, dangers, risks, and harrassments that are those of a law enforcement family. You don't dwell on these fears, you just accept the fact that your husband is out there giving the best of his ability trying to protect innocent citizens; realizing any moment he could meet face to face a very dangerous situation. A situation in which a brave officer before him may have given his life, because he too, cared for you. You pray that God will protect, guide and be very near him at all times. And that God will also guide and protect the wives, mothers and children of all officers who are fulfilling their service for our citizens.
I am thankful for our law enforcement officers. They perform duties of brave men and women. We need you, officers, and I do appreciate you. I thank you for what you have done and continue doing. I fully realize you can not be at the scene of every crime the moment it occurs.
You can't stop all crimes but I know you prevent a lot of them. You can't save all marriages but I am certain there are some together today and possibly a life saved, because you were there at the right moment. You can't reach all problem children but some may turn out to be better citizens because you cared. You can't be a friend to everyone personally, but they know you are there for them when they need you.
After seeing what you may have faced during your shift, or after performing some of the disgusting duties, or answering a call which may break your heart, I'm sure you do welcome a coffee break. It's a well earned break and we should be glad you have a moment to catch your breath before the next onslaught of problems.
So, to our Officers again, I express my appreciation. I thank God for all those in law enforcement who are dedicated and brave; ready to serve God, and their fellow man.
(Romans 13: 1-7)
A Thankful Wife,
The Ethics of a Christian Officier
As a Christian Peace Officier, my priority shall be service to God and then service to man. In all I do, my God shall have preeminence.
I recognize that all authority comes from God and that at the final judgement I
will stand before Him accountable for my use of authority. I will seek His guidance in all decisions.
I live the most closely defined double
standard of all, that being both a
Christian and law enforcent officier.
My public and family life will be
carefully weighed by those around me. My
Life must be exemplary of the ethics I
Enforce professionally and must radiate
with the joy of life in Christ.
I see the needs of a needy people and the
Loss of a reckless peple. Though I can not
Take the role of a guardian with all I
meet, I will commit all in need unto the
Lord. Where possible I will lend a hand or
share a smile, and when I can I will give
A cup of water in His Name.
As a Christian, I am not above others
As a peace officier, I am not beneath
But as a human being, I am from among
To be of service to man and submission to God.
A policeman is a composite of what all men are, a singling of saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore
instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "news."
What that really means is that they are exceptionally unusual,
not commonplace. Burried under the froth is the fact: Less than
one half of 1 percent of policemen misfit that uniform. That's
a better average than you'd find among clergymen.
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is at once
the most needed and most unwanted. He's a strangely
nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz"
behind his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can
settle differences between individuals so that each
will think he won. But...
If the policemean is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's a flirt,; if he's not, he's a grouch. He must make in an instant decisions which would require months for a lawer.
But... If he hurries, he's careless, if he's deliberate,
He must be first to an accident and infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued. The police officier must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal." If you hit him, he's a coward; if he hits you, he's a bully.
A policeman must know everything - and tell you where the criminal is hiding. If he gets promoted, he has a political pull; if he doesn't he's a dullard. If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. The policeman must chase bum leads to remember. He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon
who'll get dealed out by a shameless shamus or an "honorable" who isn't. The policeman must
be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentleman.
And of course he'll have to be a genius...For he'll have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.
---Narcotic Task Force Agent, Bill Poston
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