I first want to take a moment of silence for Sergeant Scott Lunger of the Hayward Police Department. He was laid to his final resting place today. Sergeant Lunger was killed in the line of duty on a car stop. Just as life starts to resume as normal BAM, it happens again. It doesn’t get any easier to hear of officer deaths. I have been married to a police officer for 8 years and I constantly think about what ifs.
What if David is killed in the line of duty, who will notify me? How will they notify me? What will my reaction be? How do I tell our kids? How do I plan for a funeral with that many people? What will life be like without him?
Each time David walks out the door, I know he might not be coming back. That is a reality our family faces when he goes to work. David puts on a bullet proof vest (that may or may not stop a bullet), a uniform, and carries a 30b+ belt and goes to calls or stops a cars, knowing it might be his last. Every 53 hours an officer is killed in the line of duty. David said the only time this photo will be used is if the newspaper wants it because he got into serious trouble or for a funeral, which makes me sad, because it’s a great picture.
The struggle was real today, it might because of the emotional live coverage of Sergeant Lunger ‘s funeral, seeing the code 3 lights, the sea of law enforcement officers from all over paying their respects, hearing his family speak about what an amazing person he was, or hearing the end of watch from dispatch. It definitely took a toll today. Also my little cherub Madison threw her first fit in a grocery store, THANK THE LORD, it was leaving the store. I had to pick her up and carry her to the car. After we got home and I put Maddie down for a nap, I sat down on the couch and took at 2 hour nap, unintentionally. I woke up in a panic, not knowing how long I was asleep for. Thank goodness my 5 year old can be entertained with Netflix and YouTube. After nap time it was an uphill battle. Between not having dinner started, and both kids in whiney moods. Needless to say we picked up dinner tonight. However, I thank my lucky stars David is able to be home with us tonight.