It was easy after 9/11, after a flood or natural disaster, people, groups, and communities dropped food and snacks off at the department, waved at us on the beat, little kids high fived us at restaurants... heck, even firefighters let us use the bathroom in their stations lol.
But this is where the real blue lights flash off the building. Burning patrol cars in the streets, shots fired at our brothers and sisters, dirty looks, the media and everyone seems against us.
Hated or not we respond to the call, help all we can, protect the herd, catch the wolves, and help other sheepdogs no mater what shape their badges are.
Lace your boots up tight, shine your shield, straighten the mourning band, wave all 5 fingers back when others wave just the middle one, remember the fallen.
Fight the good fight, keep the Faith, finish the race.