A Cop’s Thanksgiving

Cop's Thanksgiving:

A Cop’s Thanksgiving

Morning parade
Smiling faces
Squealing children
Marching bands
Families gather
Fire crackles
Turkey legs
Pumpkin pie
Football games
Pistol. Badge. Vest.
Kiss the kids, and please save a drumstick for me.
I’ll be home soon.

Family traveling
Smiling faces
Squealing children
Thoughts of
Grandmother’s cooking
Turkey legs
Pumpkin pie
Crackling fire
Football games.
Happy. Love. Joy.
Those poor kids.
They would’ve been home soon.

Drunk drivers
Speeding drivers
Texting drivers
Careless drivers
Aggressive drivers
Sleepy drivers
Depressed drivers
Distracted drivers
Reckless drivers
Road rage
A horrible collision.
An entire family, gone.

It’s awful.
Tangled metal.
Three little ones.
Mother and father, too.
I don’t know.
A couple hours, at least.
Yes, save a drumstick.
Hug our kids.
Tell them I love them.
I’ll be there soon.
Those poor children.
They’ll never go home again.

10-4. Send the coroner.

Yes, five victims.

Tell her there’s no rush.

I’ll be standing by.

8 replies
  1. Marni Graff
    Marni Graff says:

    Our paramedic son is working all day today; we will have our Thanksgiving tomorrow. Already today he had been with the police at an accident where four were transferred to the medical center. I don’t know how he does what he does, but he does! Blessings to all of our police and EMS who work on holidays so we can be safe.

  2. Pauline
    Pauline says:

    As a nurse, I work many holidays and see the results of traffic accidents. At least, I feel I can do something, even if it’s only to clean up the wounds and let the remaining family members vent. I can only imagine how bad it must be for an officer arriving at an accident scene and having to report on everything. Of course, there’s a lot for the officer to do but he doesn’t get to see anyone get better.

  3. thelma straw
    thelma straw says:

    Lee, thank you for those lines. It brought tears to my eyes – thank you for all you do for the writing world.

  4. Falcocop
    Falcocop says:

    Good heavens Lee. Not only does that send a message it also brings back a lot of memories. Hopefully not too many of us on this site will ever see the bodies of dead children.

    Take care


  5. Carolyn J. Rose
    Carolyn J. Rose says:

    This reminded me of my days as a TV news assignment editor. Because I have no kids, I always worked on Thanksgiving and some of the things I heard on the scanner are still stuck in my mind.
    I’m thankful for those who step up to deal with tragedy and turmoil.
    And I’m thankful that I’m no longer required to watch the local news and see the result of carelessness, recklessness, and rage.

  6. Terry Odell
    Terry Odell says:

    We’re headed all the way down the mountain to The Springs later this morning. Weather is cold, but no snow. Be safe everyone!

    And I’ve posted another Cop Thanksgiving story (in 2 parts) on my blog (Terry’s Place) yesterday and today. I hope some of you might pop over … Part 1 was yesterday; part 2 is today, so scroll down and read the first one first.

    Terry’s Place
    Romance with a Twist–of Mystery

  7. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    We traveled from Savannah to N.C. on Tuesday. Traffic was horrible. It took a little over an hour just getting through Charlotte, N.C. And, unfortunately, we saw one pretty bad crash.

  8. Kelly S.
    Kelly S. says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Lee. I hope everyone has a safe Thanksgiving.

    We are staying home this year, but I did have to go pick up my son at college on Tuesday- luckily for us, the day was clear and he got out early enough that we missed the traffic and were safely home before dark, and the trip was pretty short. My thoughts were certainly with people traveling yesterday because we had some pretty bad weather.

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