Honoring the “Brotherhood of Blue”

“Line-of-duty deaths jumped by 37% in 2010.” – CNN

According to the Officer Down Memorial page, this accounts for 122 men and women who died while in the line of duty during 2010.  The statistics for 2011 show an increase of 17% in gunfire deaths, and a 6% increase in line of duty deaths.

These men and women gave their lives while serving and protecting us.

And this number could be combined with the many more who have fallen while in the line of duty around the world.  This number also doesn’t reflect the number of officers injured, some seriously (life changing).

It makes my office job sound like a dream.  But every member of the “brotherhood of blue” knows the risks involved.  No call or traffic stop is routine.  No end of shift taken for granted.   So why do they do it?

Courage, and a strong belief in finding justice.

They ask the questions most of us wouldn’t want to.  They uncover what most of us wish to believe doesn’t exist.  They bring peace to where there’s chaos.  They make our towns and cities safer places to live.

They don’t work by the clock.  They don’t measure their shift in hours, they measure it by successes.  Their jobs are exhausting and most days they receive little appreciation for it.

Please join me in saying “Thank you” to these men and women.  And also “Thank you” to the families who support their husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters as they serve us.

It’s due to these fine men and women belonging to the “brotherhood of blue” that I was inspired to write my Madison Knight series.  She is driven to find justice for the victims, and courageous enough to uncover the truth and make the guilty pay.

Meet Madison Knight.  Download Ties That Bind, the first in a stand-alone series, here for Kindle.  Or it is also available in print here.

Please also be sure to visit the Officer Down Memorial Page which honors the officers killed in the US while in the line of duty.


  1. Thanks for posting. I think we take them for granted sometimes. A very big THANK YOU to them all!

  2. Great post! Thank you for bringing to our attention.

  3. Thank you Charity and Jennifer. They very much deserve it!

  4. You're right, Carolyn. We do take the men and women in uniform for granted all too often. Thank you for posting and reminding us to appreciate our local police officers for everything they do for our communities.

    ~ Rob

  5. Thank you for your comment Rob. It is so very true. I was recently asked for an interview what inspired me to write Madison Knight, and after giving it thought realized the real-life heroes were why.

  6. With so much wrong with our world, it is important to recall just how many men and women keep the social order on track without recognition: police officers, fire fighters, teachers, parents, pastors, students, etc. The preponderance of people do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. The bad news on television and on the internet is popular so it's what we see. Thanking people who give the supreme courtesy of doing their job without demanding recognition is the ultimate honor that can be bestowed.


  7. It's so easy to forget the amount of sacrifice and courage that it takes to be a police officer. I am grateful for every man and woman who is brave and selfless enough to protect and to serve.

    Thank you so much for this post - we all need to be reminded of all the people who work tirelessly to afford us peace of mind.

    Stacey @ www.thewritetomakealiving.com

  8. @SaltonLee that is so very true. It's not just police officers that make sacrifices of themselves in order to serve others. I also like your point "doing their job without demanding recognition" - what truly wonderful people!

    And Stacey we really don't have any way of knowing all they do to keep us safe, to allow us that peace of mind.

    Thank you both for your comments.


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