Yesterday, I was called to the Exxon station about a lady that needed to see an officer. They didn't know why, so I went straight there, expecting anything. When I arrived, I was met by a woman who asked me to come over to her car. She then explained that she just wanted to take a few minutes of my time, and told me her name was Donna. She explained that her father used to be a Chief of Police, and she had grown up around officers. Now she was battling cancer. She had decided, in this world of violence and police haters, to make it her mission to make sure we as officers knew we were loved and appreciated. She told me I was the shield that stands between her and the darkness. She explained she was travelling around different police departments, meeting officers, and telling them this. She gave me a card, with a hand-written message, a Police Officer's Prayer card. and a St Michael's/Guardian Angel medallion. She gave me four more for the other MPD officers. She explained that this was her self-appointed task, and that she wasn't part of any official organization. She said all she wanted in return was a hug, and to pass it on to the other officers.
In today's atmosphere of Cop baiting, hatred, and violence, this came as a tremendous surprise to me. I was dumbfounded, and almost in tears. For this woman to tell me she loved me, and wanted a hug, meant more to me than you can ever know. It definitely made my day, and will have a lasting effect.
Capt Delbert Carter