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While I was assigned to Lynwood Sheriff's Station in the early 90's, I always enjoyed running into you in the East Compton area. You always found time to stop and chat with me, until either you or I had to respond to a call. You were always very friendly and had nothing but nice things to say about your day. I loved hearing the stories you would tell me about my brother Mike Doyle (Fresno PD) who was once a Compton Officer with you. The citizens of Compton were gifted by having you as an officer in their city, and suffered a tremendous loss upon your EOW.
It's been over 20 yrs. now and I still remember you like it was yesterday. Rest in peace brother. I will never forget you.
"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders 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 awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just 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 unmanly tears.
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 had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
March 17, 2016