Until the wolf shows up…

By Lt. Michael Swiman
of the Lake Forest FD

This has been on my mind recently with all the events around the country with budgets: brothers doing harm. I had found this while doing research for a project and this resonates so true. I could have not said it any better. Please take a moment to read

“We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world. They can accept the fact that fires can happen, which is why they want fire extinguishers, fire sprinklers, fire alarms and fire exits throughout their kids’ schools. But many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are dozens of times more likely to be killed, and thousands of times more likely to be seriously injured, by school violence than by school fires, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their children is just too hard, so they choose the path of denial.

The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. The difference, though, is that the sheepdog must not, cannot and will not ever harm the sheep. Any sheepdog who intentionally harms the lowliest little lamb will be punished and removed. The world cannot work any other way, at least not in a representative democracy or a republic such as ours.

Still, the sheepdog disturbs the sheep. He is a constant reminder that there are wolves in the land. They would prefer that he didn’t tell them where to go, or give them traffic tickets, or stand at the ready in our airports in camouflage fatigues holding an M-16. The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, “Baa.”

Until the wolf shows up. Then the entire flock tries desperately to hide behind one lonely sheepdog.” – Lt. Col. Grossman
“This is dedicated to all the sheepdogs out there, underappreciated though they may be, that hunt the things that go bump in the night and keep the wolves at bay”. – rangerup.com

This is not limited to our brothers in Law Enforcement, but to what we do day in, day out in our profession. We work a thankless job, never seeking rewards or praise. We do what we do for the love of the job. Yes there are people out there that are in this job for the wrong reasons AND there are plenty of people that criticize what we do, why we do things and want justification on why the fire truck is at the store buying groceries or out training. Politicians want to cut our funding, asking us to do more with less. WE ARE THE SHEEPDOG.