Most of you who who have followed my creative endeavors for any time here on the blog or on social media are likely aware that my husband is a Police Officer for our local department and I am a former Police Officer from the same organization.
This past Saturday, our department, the Prince William County Police Department, experienced for only the 4th time in our 45 year history, a line of duty death of one of our officers.
The murder of Officer Ashley Guindon - on her first day on the job - is heartbreaking for our law enforcement community nationwide.
Two more of our finest, Officer Jesse Hempen and Officer Dave McKeown, were critically injured during the shooting as well and are currently recovering from their injuries.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the details, here is a link to the press release by the PWCPD:
My husband is part of our department's Peer Support Team - uniquely tasked with counseling and advising the officers and staff of the department in times like these.
It is a hard place, absorbing the hurt and heartache and anger that is the natural response of all affected.
I've absorbed his real-life heartache as he shares with me his own sadness and his concern for our Blue Family.
I've taken in as well, the news coverage and punditry of those outside the line - all trying to make sense of the senseless - an impossible task, even for those of us inside the line.
I've reflected on my own history with the department, turning over memories again and again in my mind of times when things could have taken a deadly turn.
It makes you catch your breath sharply when you allow yourself to think of what, but for the grace of God, could have been.
As an artist, I turned to what I know best, my craft, my outlet to express some of the emotions that have been coming in waves these past 48 hours.
Truly, for some things, there are just no words.
Tuesday, March 1st, we will pay our last respects to Officer Guindon and thank her for her service and ultimate sacrifice - paid on our behalf.
The Thin Blue Line will continue to stand strong in your honor.
Please pray for us.
Pray for our Blue Family.
Our Brothers and Sisters in Blue who guard over us.
Not just the Prince William County Police Department, but ALL Law Enforcement Officers.
Never forget that they go where others will not.
They defend the defenseless and stand up for those who cannot.
And at times, they are called to pay the greatest price
for the least of us all.
Great is the cost of a devoted heart, sworn to protect and serve.