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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Police (10/12/06)

TITLE: WHO, WHAT AND WHY ARE THEY
By Veronica Mello
10/13/06


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They are the blue ligthning appearing in response to the calls. Victims welcome them; villians despise them. Whatever possesses them to dorn the uniform and go out there everday? Surely there are safer means of making a living. Careers are in abundance that bring in cold hard cash without risk to live and limb. After all, how many of us can kiss our loved ones goodbye in the morning knowing full well that the possibility of not returning is just part of the job description. Is there a masochist lurking within the psyche of one who knows he or she might just catch a bullet on any given day?

For many years I had contact with those members of the force and they appear to be as normal as the rest of us. They have families, friends, hobbies, financial struggles, heartaches, joys, and a love of life. Yet, their daily duties may include breaking up a gang fight, administering assistance at the scene of a bloody car accident or murder, responding to domestic violence calls or burglary reports, participating in sting operations to catch drug dealers or pedifiles, and investing gruesome crime scenes. Occasionally, they witness a fellow officer fall. Each day reveals the worst of humanity and at the end of that day, tired and weary, they sleep only to have the visions repeat in their dreams.

Some of them have parents, even grandparents who were in the force; perhaps it's just in their genes. Others are driven in the same way the rest of us are toward certain careers. Circumstances in life, a family tragedy perhaps, were the catalyst for some to turn to law enforcement. None of them are there for the money (or their health).

Why do they do it? Guess the answer to that doesn't really matter to the person receiving their assistance; there is just gratitude for the help.

What kind of people are they? Well, a few descriptive words come to MY mind: brave, unselfish, and heroic and I thank God for them. They are any state's "finasts," making a difference and are collectively known as "the police."


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Jan Ackerson 10/19/06
This is a heartfelt tribute to the police--thank you. Its impact is hampered a bit by several spelling errors: perhaps having a buddy edit for spelling? Watch out for lightning, every day (as one word, it has a different meaning), pedophile, finest. Your admiration for the police is very evident, and the piece is well-constructed.