America, it seems, has become more divided over the past few years than at any other point in recent memory. Unfortunately, in that process, distrust toward law enforcement has reached an all time high, creating an undeniable tension that plagues communities across the country. When we turn on the television and see horrific events unfold before our eyes, as they did in Dallas, Texas last month, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by the chaos and heartbreak. We must not forget the hours upon hours of daily sacrifice that our public safety workers dedicate to our communities, far too often for little thanks in return.
Every day, all across the United States, hundreds of thousands of dedicated individuals put on a uniform, leave the comfort of their homes, and purposely put themselves in harm’s way to protect the communities which they have sworn to serve. Each day is completely unpredictable; more often than not, lives are at stake and critical decisions must be made quickly. It is absolutely essential that we recognize the devotion that these selfless and brave men and women have made to preserve our safety and liberty.
Not only should we stand behind our law enforcement officers, but also behind our local firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and first responders. They have humbly dedicated their lives to saving those of others, to boldly step into life-or-death scenarios so that those who fall victim to tragedy can live to see another day. Furthermore, we must remember the families of these brave servants, who every day must bear the burden of fear that their loved one may be the one that needs saving.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, and other emergency workers in our communities for taking those risks; for being willing to lay down their lives for complete strangers in the name of preserving order, peace, and safety in our free society. It is evident that these individuals truly love the communities in which they live, and I am honored to have the privilege of representing such dedicated servants of the public.
It is my hope that in times of great division and unrest, we reflect on the values that bring us together as fellow countrymen, rather than those that separate us from each other. We must remember that we are all children of God, we are all Americans, and we are all created equal. Without recognizing what unites us, the American experiment cannot succeed. I would encourage everyone to thank our public safety workers personally whenever the opportunity arises, as they deserve the utmost respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they have made for our communities.
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The writer represents the 84th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.