Growing up, I’ve always felt safe, and even though I’m only seventeen, I still feel the safety that my dad brings me. My dad is a cop, and I can always trust him to make sure myself and my family is safe from danger. The Colorado theater shooting made me realize how lucky I have it. If I was at that theater, I wouldn’t be able to get the images of everyone around me, wounded, bloody, and hurt, out of my head. This is one of the reasons why I get so angry when people say “f-ck the police”…people don’t realize how much they’ve done for us; they protect us, they save us, they help us…a world without policemen would be more chaotic than it already is. Coming from a family of police officers (my dad, grandfather, three uncles, and now my brother and my cousin) I realize everything that they risk every day of their life at work. Even when I was little, I wanted to follow in my families footsteps and become a K-9 officer, but that dream faded away and instead I’m going to college to become a paramedic/ER nurse. Most people go to work to sit at a cubicle and answer phones all day, or go out and build houses for us. However, when my dad goes to work, he has to face the fact that he’s risking his life every day. It does scare me when he’s at work sometimes, especially after things like this happen (the Aurora shooting), but it’s his job. That’s why when people say “cops do nothing”, “f-ck the police!”, etc, I get so angry; they do so much for us. Ignorant drunk assholes are what really get to me, when they get mad for being caught drinking years underage and have to be taken to the station and have their parent pick them up. I’d rather have that happen than have them drunk drive, risking their own (and others) lives, or pass out somewhere and not wake up. I’m proud of my dad, my brother, and the rest of my family for all that they have done for us. You may be reading this and thinking “whatever”, or you may not have even read past the first sentence when you realized it was about cops, but if you agree with anything that I’ve said, thank you. Thank you for realizing what I spend most of my time thinking about when I hear about these news stories where there’s shootings, bomb scares, car accidents…my family risks their lives every day to save us, protect us, and make this world a better place. Thank you to our policemen, firemen, armed forces, soldiers, doctors, and everyone else who saves us. You’re at work right now, but I love you, dad, thank you so much for making me safe. And rest in peace to all who lost their lives today in the Colorado shooting, and my prayers go out to their families and friends…and to those who are in the hospital, keep fighting, you’ll pull through.