What If

On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, our area suffered the loss of a hero.  Trooper Eric Chrisman died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, after his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and was struck by a tractor trailer. It’s been 4 days of hurting for our community.  My husband served on calls with Trooper Chrisman, and I can remember him coming home after one and talking about what an awesome attitude he had.  It was a bad situation, but he made it bearable (even though they were ankle deep in snow).

trooper-eric-chrisman

I continue to pray for his family, and our blue family. Even those who didn’t have any relation to him at all still feel that ache. What it has also spurned is a new stirring of what ifs.  They’re always in the back of the mind of an LEOW, but moments like these push them right to the front.

Uncertainty, I think, is easy to watch turn into fear. I finally learned, when my LEO was in Iraq, that I was going to drive myself crazy over the “what ifs.” I decided to be content knowing that, if anything were to happen, it would happen doing something he took pride in and wanted to do. I know he was scared, and I know he’s been scared while being an LEO. But, instead of succumbing to that, he met a need.

So, if something ever happens to him, I hope I’ll know that still applies. He made the conscious decision to be a hero.

I’ve spoken to one wife, in particular, who lost her LEO husband in the line of duty. She agrees with the above. He did what he *wanted* to do, and saved a lot of lives in the process. He didn’t make it home that night, but a lot of people did because of his sacrifice. 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

To date, we’ve lost 63 officers in 2015. That’s a lot of hurt in our blue line family. Please, if you’ve not already, pray for those affected by the loss of a husband/wife/daddy/mama/son/daughter/brother/sister in law enforcement.

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