Friday, May 11, 2007

Not for the faint hearted......

‘Don’t you ever think you’ll die?’
'I'm more likely to die from your dirty looks when I say something sarcastic.'
'You don't fool me you know.'
‘You’ll come to my funeral right? And say something nice?’
‘It’s a dangerous job.’
‘I’ll remember that next time I’m filling in a crime report.’
‘Don’t joke.’
‘It’s what I do best.’
‘I thought that was charm.’
‘Be careful.’
‘Yes ma’am.’

If there is one thing you arn't, it's heroic. You would run, not into the fire, but towards the water, you'd rush towards safety, not into danger, to rescue those trapped in the dangerous. You'd ignore screams for help, to concentrate on your own survival, you would stand there, like a stone statue, when action was required to save something dear.

Police Constable Richard Gray had a wife, two grown up sons, he had been commended five times for bravery, rescued a man from certain death, served in the armed forces, in Northern Ireland and sworn an oath to queen and country.

This Officer bravely entered a house, to save, to rescue, to protect, and for that he paid the ultimate price. For this act, of courage, of spirit, of bravery, of self sacrifice, he will never be forgotten, he will always be remembered.

'A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.'

Walter Lippmann


At 5:24 PM, Blogger fjl said...

That is a lovely post. I hope you achieve the honour you deserve. x

At 5:13 PM, Blogger The Thin Blue Line said...

I really enjoyed this post. Unfortunately, we keep hearing stories like this one and I'm afraid we always will. It's part of the job I suppose.
But what counts is the way we remember those who've given their lives and the countless others who are seriously injured in the line of duty.


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