'I Am:' SPD officer shares moving poem on life in law enforcement
Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley is one of the nine officers killed in the line of duty this year in Louisiana. A current Shreveport police officer chose a unique way to remember his former colleague and also remind others of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day.
It’s a reflection of his life and constant fears while working in the line of duty with Shreveport Police for the past 11 years.
"The one who sweats in the sun cries in my car, bleeds in the street and carries more than physical scars."
Friend, son, brother, dad
The one who walks in the shadows surrounded by demons, monsters and fiends
The one who sweats in the sun, cries in my car, bleeds in the street and carries more than physical scars
Parent, social worker, savior, scapegoat, victim, trophy
The root of all evil yet the frond of shelter
The warrior that fights for those that cannot
Psychic yet clueless
Preparing for death yet training to live
Burying friends while people cheer
Waking up screaming
Hoping my family sleeps tonight
Hoping this job does not take more than I have
Hoping my angels can fly as fast as I have to drive
Protecting the sheep in spite of the wolves
A bastion of strength, resolve, integrity and sacrifice
Running into danger while others flee
Chasing Goliath, ghosts, bogeymen, dragons...and catching them
The military's 6:00
Living for a stranger's smile and wave
The sparkle in a senior citizen's appreciative eye
The schoolyard bragging of a young daughter
The partner to a spouse that's also in the fight
Honored to embrace the trust of my city
Willing to lay down my life for a stranger
Proud to be God's soldier
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