We can certainly say that time is dispensed equitably to everyone. It does not discriminate, even though it seems that someone put a “fast forward” on the weekend for me.
This week is very busy. I will describe that shortly, but I first wanted to share about last week’s resolution, Resolution No. R2022-82, “Peace Officers Week” in Pierce County, Washington; and Commemorating the Service and Sacrifice of Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty. The wife of fallen Deputy Dom Calata attended the meeting. My heart was focused on Mrs. Calata given her recent tragedy and how she so gracefully handled her loss. I was reminded of Jacqueline Kennedy in her dark hour back in 1963.
In hindsight, I realized I had neglected to recognize the many other wives and husbands, children and parents and best friends who have also experienced a loss of their beloved peace officer. We know life is full of risks. That’s just the way it is, but to intentionally choose a career that puts you in harm’s way to protect others requires a person with a special kind of courage and a servant’s heart. I want to pay homage by expressing my humble gratitude for their sacrifice of life and to their families, who now carry their memory.