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News In memory of Martin Richard and Officer Sean Collier

  1. Apr 23, 2013 #1


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    Peace be upon them and their families, friends and colleagues.
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  5. Apr 24, 2013 #4


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    A post at http://officer179.mit.edu/

    The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.

    Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek? To my church have you been true?

    The officer squared his shoulder and said, No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
    Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
    I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough,
    And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.

    But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep..
    Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.

    I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.
    They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.

    If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.

    There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod.
    As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

    Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well.
    Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell

    - Author Unknown
    Godspeed brother. You won't be forgotten.

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    Nice poem and so true.
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