As a society, there is a requisite purpose that must make their lives worth surrendering: That we are grateful in our hearts for the fact that they pin on their badges and kiss their families goodbye at every shift, never knowing if this is the day before their names will not answer at the next roll call.
We, as a community and as a nation, cannot continue to pollute ourselves with hatred and prejudice. It was on Memorial Day, just two short years ago, that our community leaders stood side by side with the Dayton Police Department against the rally staged by the Honorable Sacred Knights in order to condemn hatred. It was only one year later when all things venomous were directed at the law enforcement community, this time with a response of complete silence. The many thousands of men and women who encompass the thin blue line would gladly lay down their lives for their brothers and sisters in blue, standing watch together to separate the prey from the predator and the evil from the good. “Blessed are the peacemakers who embody this, for they will be called the true children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
Dr. Platoni is a practicing clinical psychologist in Centerville, Ohio, a combat Veteran with 40 years of military service and four military deployments, and a member of Dayton SWAT. She was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2019.