Special Email from a ReaderMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 03 2013 10:29 AM
I dont know that you will post this on your website but I would sure appreciate it if you would, or at least if you could find out who that officer was and give him my thanks, I would appreciate it very much.
Most of the time when I am in a rush to get my children to school and myself to work on time in the morning and I see a police car in traffic I immediately think "am i speeding?", or "oh crap, forgot to put my seat belt on!", or something of the sort. This morning was a bit different. Along with most every other parent in our country, I have been fundamentally changed by what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As we passed by a local motel this morning we saw that it was surrounded by police cars. As we were waiting in the car line at my children's elementary school I checked "Rickey Stokes News" to see if there was any mention as to what was going on.
When I saw that someone was inside the Motel and possibly armed I felt fear. Even though there were many police officers present the fact that this was going on so close to my children's school frightened me a bit. Our world has become such a dangerous and unpredictable place, it is a shame that we have become so accustomed to unspeakable tragedy.
All of that being said as I was about to turn back onto the Ross Clark Circle I saw a police officer parked beside the road between where everything was going on at the motel and the children just up the street at the elementary school. I immediately felt a sense of peace and had confidence that everything would be o.k. Even knowing that the scene was a good bit away and that surely this person could never ever get past all of those police and pose any threat what so ever to the school, still I had felt uneasy until I saw this one lone officer back from the scene protecting the street going to the school.
I want to thank all of the officers, but most especially, that officer parked beside the U.P.S. store this morning. From now on my first reaction when I see a police car in traffic will be far from fear, it will be gratitude. Thank you officer for peace of mind this morning that my children would be safe.