Each year I choose a word that becomes the theme in my mind and actions. It gives focus to the ways I plan, my attitude, my goals. Words from previous years include “run,” “speak,” “fearless,” and “restore.” I usually pray and then wait for the right word towards the end of each year, and I…

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H2LOC VP-Active Duty Janine also runs a spouse group for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office called “Thrive 10-35.” This is an adaptation of her letter to their group in response to COVID-19—we thought it appropriate and applicable to spouses and family members everywhere: Dear Family: Our loved ones (cops), first responders, medical professionals and…

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40 Days of Connection It’s official in California. Shelter in place. So here at the Newman residence, three of the “kids” have come home to our pseudo-empty nest and the five of us are “sheltering.” Many of our plans have been cancelled for the next six weeks at least, and our travel plans have changed…

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“I’m OK.” That text said he was alive, but hinted there were circumstances that were definitely not good. My heart sank as I called back. Through heavy breathing and tears all he could say was, “I’m OK, I’m OK, I’m OK…” Detective Bowen took the phone. “Scott is physically OK, but mentally he’s not. We…

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I cracked open my eyes and squinted. It was very dark outside, but all the lights were on in the house. In another room, I heard Chief talking. That’s not a good sign. My thoughts went to the date…October 23rd. It marks the 1st Anniversary of a nightmare…the on-duty suicide of a friend in Chief’s…

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Chief and I have a wonderful friend named Karen we’ve come to know and love who stayed with us last night. She is one of the world’s most effective therapists for cops with Post Traumatic Stress (Disorder/Injury), as she’s cured cops from Northern Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, and the United States. In fact, her guys in…

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I am the product of many women who have spoken into my life. Those who have extended their love and care in different seasons and different years. Jackie taught me that writing is a beautiful expression of soul and spirit. Mama Josie showed me at a very young age that no matter the shades of…

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There is a lot of negativity in this law enforcement life. Our officers deal every shift with people who’ve experienced something traumatic; whether it be an accident, a crime, a death, or were arrested because they smoked too much, swallowed too much, or shot up their arms or others. Evil is a thing. And our…

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How2LoveOurCops is now in our second year as a nonprofit, and wow, have we been busy! Right now we’re gearing up for our annual fundraising event with its new name: Hearts for Blue Gala. This night brings community and public servants together to celebrate our cops and their families. We seek to create awareness of…

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It was a gloomy, rainy morning; not only reflected in the skies, but in my mood. It was cold and wet outside, but I needed to run. I chose music that told me to be confident in my foundations—who I am, my mission, my relationships—but I didn’t believe it. I’d been doing familiar battle within…

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