2020 has been a year of uncertainty. We have run the gambit of national incident. We went from almost World War III in January to COVID-19, and now we are faced with riots over the killing of George Floyd and a call to defund the police.
To those that want to defund the police I ask this, what about the good police that serves all across America. Lumping them together with the few bad apples is not only unfair but potentially dangerous if this plays out to the end.
Police do a lot of things and they are good people that want the best for the community that they serve. A perfect example of good cops come out of the small town of Canal Fulton, Ohio. They went above and beyond their duty to do the right thing and save a little life.
The Canal Fulton Police Department posted the following to their Facebook page and a message for everyone in this chaotic time.
“Cfpd was called to assist a group of young adults that found a tiny fawn while they were canoeing. The fawn fell down an embankment and was powerless to get out to reach its mother. The boys, in fear for the fawn, brought him down to the boat launch at Butterbridge Rd. Sgt Wilson called the wildlife center for direction. They advised her to try and return it as close to where it was found as possible. The officers then drove about a mile down the trail alongside the river where the boys had described the location where the fawn was separated from his mother. He was carefully laid down next to a log. The fawn cried out to his mother a few times and literally within a minute, she came pouncing through the woods to find and reclaim him. It was really a wonderful moment to witness!“
“It should be known that it is unwise, in most situations, to interfere with wild animals. Even when it seem like you are just trying to help, you could be doing more harm than good. Luckily, in this case a little help went a long way to reunite a stranded baby fawn with its mother. Great job John Barabasch and Sgt. Wilson.“
“It is events like this that play out every day in communities across our Nation thousands and thousands of times over by police officers. Yet, somehow, we have individuals that believe the entire profession is corrupt, lawless, and in need of defunding/ abolishment. How did we get there? I believe that is in part because we do a poor job advertising all the little things that officers do on a daily basis that are good. This is not an above and beyond heroic actions by these officers but it definitely more closely represents what most cops are about than what you hear on the news. These wonderful acts of kindness gets overshadowed by the small percentage of ugly. If police officers act corruptly, they deserve to be called out and terminated/ prosecuted. But focusing on that tiny sliver of the profession ALL THE TIME is causing people to draw erroneous conclusions of the whole. Our profession deserves better than that. We are not perfect by any means. But we are not the monsters some want you to believe. To combat that, we need to start exposing our citizens in our own communities across the globe to the wonderful acts of kindness that occur day in and day out such as captured in this video.”
Chief Douglas Swartz
What makes this story special to me is that this is my hometown. Our police offices do an amazing job and are part of the community. I have met most of the officers on the force and they are all good people just trying to make our community better.