In part 1 of my blog post, I discussed the most popular question I am often asked-
“Are you worried about your parents at work?”
In part 2 of my blog post, I’m going to focus on the danger’s my parents faced every day at work.
Thinking back to when I was little, I never heard stories of my parents being hurt or almost being hurt. They never told me stories about them using their guns or making dangerous arrests.
When I was older, my dad began to share some stories with me but to this day my mom doesn’t. Personally, I’d much rather hear the funny stories my parents always told me than the exciting and intense stories other people want to hear.
My dad has told me 2000 stories about hobos, drunk people, and just plain strange people. Let me tell you, you literally cannot make this stuff up.
It’s not that these dangerous stories scared me, but I guess I just didn’t want to hear it and I didn’t actually process through my head “hey my parents actually almost got really hurt or killed”. When my dad told stories to my friends and boyfriends, they would always want to hear the intense ones. Sometimes when my dad would tell them, it would be the first time I was hearing them as well.
The only “intense” story that I vividly remember is that my dad almost fell off the 2nd or 3rd story of a parking garage trying to save a man who was trying to kill himself. It’s funny though because when my dad talks about it, he always ends up laughing at the fact that the guy was yelling swears at him after he saved his life.
My parents have seen a lot of bad, terrible, and horrific things that I don’t want to know about and I’m sure they don’t want to tell me. I’m thankful that they’re able to laugh it off and not let their work life affect life at home.
However, the spring of my senior year, my mom was hurt while arresting someone and ended up tearing multiple things in her shoulder. That entire summer, including when I moved into college, my mom was recovering from shoulder surgery.
Thinking back, I was really mad to think that someone could do that to my mom. I was also mad and upset to see how much her surgery hurt her. I also was angry that the summer before I went to college my mom was stuck at home with a huge sling instead of being able to go and do things with me.
Although both of my parents have been hurt on the job, I’m thankful that they were able to walk away from the job nearly unscathed. It’s sad to think that a lot of kids around the country aren’t able to see their parents retire from the job they love due to them being killed in the line of duty.
In my next post in this series, I’m going to discuss the recent police shootings as well as the killings of police officers across the nation.
Police Lives Matter