Firemen get all the glory because they run through smoke and flames, pry open car doors and get cats out of trees. Cops write tickets, take mama to jail and shoot daddy. While those things do happen, they make up a small part of a cop’s day. Many cops never fire their gun in the line of duty. They pull their gun frequently, to use as a tool, to prevent violence. Answering calls for help, taking reports and investigating crime that already occurred takes most of their time. Click headline to read more.
What cops do, after drawing a paycheck that barely feeds, houses and clothes himself, let alone his wife and kids, after working extra jobs to pay the rent, after losing sleep over the horrific stuff he sees at work, is to catch a few winks of sleep before hitting the bricks again. And in his spare time he tries to stay in shape for department weigh-ins and to keep himself strong and alert so that he survives his tour of duty.
Then, when he gets some extra time off, he volunteers to take poor kids shopping for Christmas, or help them with their homework or coach their basketball team, all the while feeling guilty, wondering if he should be at home spending time with his own kids, wondering if his marriage will survive, wondering if his kids hate him for spending too much time at work.
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