Restoring an Old Tradition
July 13, 2016 - One fond memory from my childhood days was riding around with my dad in his pickup truck, and every time we’d drive past a police car he would wave at the cop. Not a big, long drawn-out wave, just a quick gesture. I never ask him why he waved, I just knew. That was just Dad's way of saying to the police officers that he appreciated the job they were doing. When I finally began driving, I followed Dad’s example and waved each and every time I drove by a cop car. But eventually I stopped, and I don’t really know why.
The recent shooting of police officers (5 died, 7 injured) in Dallas, just 20 miles down the road from where I live, made me realize that I need to start waving at cops again. It won’t solve all the problems in our country, but it sure can’t hurt. This will be my way, once again, of saying to our police officers how much I appreciate everything they do to help keep our communities safer. And I want to encourage each and every one of you to do the same thing. Let’s call it “Operation Blue Wave”. Now don’t be surprised if the police officers don’t always wave back; in fact, I bet a lot of them will be taken aback by your wave. But eventually, if enough people start giving them a quick wave, they will get the message!
Will you join me in getting Operation Blue Wave off the ground and running??? Will you share this message with others so they might do the same? If you do, we may be able to make a small difference in the lives of these officers who have one of the most stressful, thankless jobs in America. I hope you can help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Curtis Chambers is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health. He has held numerous leadership positions managing and evaluating health and safety programs and providing training on workplace safety and health topics at various public organizations and private corporations. Mr. Chambers is currently the President of OSHA Training Services Inc. Visit their website at www.oshatraining.com.