Due to recent events in the Baltimore area, and certainly other places, the roles of law enforcement officers, i.e. police and prosecutors, have been discussed ad nauseam... this mostly done by the un-informed public and very biased (one way or the other) media. This post is not going to be about my opinions on these matters (I have several), but so much of who I am is shaped by the work that I do. And I guess it is all these recent events that make me even more grateful for my work community.
And so, for this 10 day block of training, I will make my dedication to:
My Law Enforcement Family in Howard County
I work with an amazing police department whose officers put their lives on the line day in and day out. So many of these officers, in particular the detectives I work with on a routine basis, have become my friends. I have watched them handle the most egregious crimes: holding the hands of children who have been victimized, speaking with victims and their families, smiling through tears in court when justice is finally granted, keeping their cool under pressure, and dealing with some of the worst examples of humans you can imagine. I know about their kids, their spouses, their best days and their worst days. I have watched them lose one of their own in the line of duty. I have seen them come together when one lost his sweet little boy, or another lost his spouse to cancer. And I know that in their hearts they are trying to do what is right each and every time they go to work. They make me proud to do my job. These men and women are heroes. Everyday. They are also humans, like the rest of us.
|we even meet up at races: Law & Order running team|
|a baby shower, with our Vickie (in stripes)|
I have a boss, Dario, who allows us to put our families first. The difference this makes in my life is huge. I know I can be a mother and take care of sick children, or leave early to make the school play, and it is not held against me. My boss knows that I, that we, have sat in the courthouse late at night waiting for verdicts, or that we come back to the office in the evening or on weekends to get things done. He treats us like adults, and he gets the best from us because of that.
The "boys" in the office are a hoot. It is like when I was growing up with three brothers around. And they crack me up routinely, and also provide sound advice. While I do love each of my co-workers, attorneys and staff members alike, I am particularly lucky for "my girls." I have met some of my best friends working here. I don't know what I would do without them. Thank you, my friends, for supporting me in this whole Ironman thing. Thank you for being there during the tough cases when my heart gets broken, for reminding me everyday why this job is a privilege, and for making me laugh.
|collapsed on my desk, holding my phone, as a defense attorney yells at me||(photo credit: Det. TS)|
|some days we pretend we're in the Old West and drink|
|Special Victims Unit|
|"gang" members forever|
|not everyday one of your best friends becomes a judge|
Over this next training block I have:
3 miles of swimming;
100 miles of biking
26 miles of running
These next ten days are dedicated to you, my law enforcement family. I will be thankful for the work that you do. I will be mindful of your dedication and commitment, and I will remember your toughness when things get difficult.
And now, just some pictures of my work family.
|Hills of Milltown 5K (2014)|
|we have alumni and honorary members|
|Police Pace 5K: Team Vickie|
|Torch Run 10K for Special Olympics (2012)|
|Torch Run 10K for Special Olympics (2014)|
|Team Victory (2014) at Celtic 5 Miler|