There are a few cops in my family. My brother is a cop and my uncle was the Chief of Police here in Davenport, Iowa during the 1980s. My son has aspirations of being a cop (well, FBI) and I couldn’t be more proud of them all. I love (most) cops. I mean, there are always a few bad apples in any bunch (and I’m sure we have stories or experiences when some cops have fallen short of our expectations), but for the most part, these are good, honest, hard-working people who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us and what we own. They run into danger when everyone else is running away. They are our everyday heroes and it is our joy to honor them this week on HumpDay.
So, this image is what I made using one of those Meme generators. It didn’t come out very clear, so starting with the top row going left to right they say: Eating Donuts: What taxpayers think I do.; Law and Order: What my friends think I do.; Superman: What my kids think I do.; Barney and Andy: What my mom thinks I do.; Police brutality: What society thinks I do.; Saving a life: What I really do.
Thanks to all the police officers out there who keep us safe!! In honor of our heroes in blue, we are doing a special giveaway today. Cassie and I decided to make a donation on behalf of HumpDay readers to a charity called My Stuff Bags. I learned from my brother that these charities exist to help police, fire and social workers comfort children rescued from precarious situations. When I called to make the donation, I was told by the lady I spoke with that DEA agents will often request these bags (which contain things like toiletries, clothing, coloring books and crayons, etc) to give to children found in drug houses. Too often these houses are contaminated and the children rescued will need to be stripped down and hosed off. They aren’t allowed to take anything with them because of the contamination. So, these bags give these children something that is “theirs” when they go into foster care. Such an important thing that so many of us probably don’t even think about. Donating to them helps those cops we are trying to honor. With our donation, we are able to fill 1o bags. Our prayer is those things comfort those scared children.
Okay, transitioning to something a little less sad. I have funny cop stories to share with you!! These are a couple that made me giggle and I hope they make you giggle too. Happy HumpDay!
Funny Cop Story #1
“I was working evening shift and dispatch sent me to a bad wreck at a main intersection. I pulled up and there were several cars damaged and a few people injured. I asked dispatch to send an ambulance. They asked me what the injuries were so I walked around to the cars, looked in and tried to guess on age, sex and type of injuries. I got to one car with two females inside. The passenger was bleeding from her head. I radioed dispatch and said, “mid 30′s female with a head injury.” I looked at the obviously pregnant driver (she had to be 8 or 9 months pregnant) and said, “and one maternity patient.” The driver looked at me and said, “I’m not pregnant.” I said, “I know ma’am, that is just police talk.” I tried to avoid her for the rest of the accident, but I still swear she was pregnant!” Lesson: Never, EVER, say anything about a woman being pregnant unless you KNOW she is. And by knowing I mean she herself has said, “I am pregnant.” Never. Ever, ever, ever. Never. …ever.
Funny Cop Story #2
“One of our traffic officers happened to be driving behind a school bus loaded with high school students on their way home. Well, one of the young Einsteins on board thought it would be hilarious to give the officer a “special greeting” – one involving the “moon” coming out during the day. He proceeds to bare his backside out the back window as the other students howl with laughter. That is until the officer lights the bus up, pulls it over and climbs on board. This officer is well built and not real happy so I’m sure he was pretty intimidating as he headed for the back of the bus. And, as if often the case with teenagers, it was pretty easy to pick out the suspect even without getting a look at his face. Every scared kid on the bus was pointing right at him! Our officer grabs him and on his way out tells the driver he’ll make sure this one gets home alright. Imagine the phone call to that kid’s house!” Lesson: Never moon a cop. Never. Ever, ever, ever. Never. …ever. What was that kid thinking??
I hope those stories put a smile on your face! Since we aren’t doing a giveaway this week, Cassie and I thought it would be fun to do a This or That survey. CLICK HERE if you want to take it!! Enjoy your day and don’t forget to…
Why We Do What We Do
I found this story on SafeElectricity.org and thought I would share it. It is important to always remain vigilant when working with live voltage. I suppose that can not be said too often. It takes a fraction of a second. With this being National Electrical Safety Month, I thought it would be good to share this story as a reminder to all you out there working with live voltage. Be careful, stay safe and God bless.
“Gary Norland had worked as an equipment operator, lineman, foreman, and superintendent, when he started work at a local mill that produced its own electricity. One Friday afternoon, storms had gone through, and his crew was investigating outages. However, Gary and his co-workers were more focused on plans for the weekend than the job at hand—their work near overhead power lines. As Gary leaned back, he came into contact with 12,500 volts of electricity.
After the accident, Gary spent four months in the hospital. He went through excruciating graftingprocesses because he had 15 exit wounds and suffered burns across 37% of his body. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries, and more surgeries are expected.Gary and his family are working with Safe Electricity’s 2013 “Teach Learn Care TLC” campaign to help prevent others from having accidents with overhead power lines and to keep other families from having to go through such a tragic experience.
Gary urges people to take the time to be safe both on the job and at home.”