Good Monday morning,
A police officer has one of the most challenging professions. You work in an unpredictable and often dangerous environment, frequently coping with some negative aspects of society. It would be easy to become hardened. Not if you’re Cst. Derek Chesney.
Derek is a police officer in Saskatoon who contributes a monthly column to Cops & Bloggers. In it, he tells about his relationship with Alvin, a man who lived on the street for many years and was arrested hundreds of times. Derek often checked up on Alvin to make sure he was warm, and on occasion stopped to pick up burgers when taking him back to the station.
“I found out today that Alvin passed away a few days ago and, I admit, I feel an emptiness. It will be different as I walk my downtown beat knowing that he will not be in one of the banks and I won’t have to make a special trip to go check on him. As an officer, you encounter many individuals, but you remember certain people because they are special, and Alvin was one such special person. Alvin was not a rich or well accomplished man. He drank daily and chose to make the street his home, but he was tough, he was a fighter, and he was a survivor.
It brings a tear to my eye to think of the bad things that happened to Alvin in his past to push him to lead the life that he led, but in that, I do hope that he will find peace wherever he now may be. Farewell my friend, you will be missed by many.”
Reading this, I’m reminded of the good that can be accomplished at work when you see the humanity in people. Whatever role you play, look for the “human” inside the roles & responsibilities around you.
Everyone will benefit.
Encouraged by the good in people, along the road with you!
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