Whew, made it through the week to another Human of the Week! Luckily for Tanya, her husband made it through the toughest week of his life so she could receive this honor! He survived being shot in the face while serving a warrant. While he was recovering, Tanya was leaning on the thin blue line for support.
Many people talk about the thin blue line. It’s been used in many contexts, both good and bad. So which is it?
The Thin Blue Line is symbolic of the line police officers walk daily, the line between life and death; the line that separates good from bad and creates order from chaos and; it is a symbol to honor the officers killed in the line of duty and those who continue to wear the badge. It’s a symbol of support, solidarity and understanding.
It’s understanding and support of the men and women who wear blue everyday; they walk through life doing the things most people don’t want to do. They pick drunks up off the pavement, stop an abuser from throwing another punch, stake out a drug deal, listen to the harrowing details of a pedophile while trying to put together a case, chase down a robber, try to live up to the expectations of society. All while trying not to get shot and killed
The Thin Blue Line is a precarious one, there is no net beneath it and few roars from an adoring crowd. There are plenty of ill-intentioned clowns on the sideline hoping to push someone off the line and into the pit below. Luckily, most of the people who walk that line are strong enough to help hold up the man or woman standing next to them. They are strong enough to continue to put on the uniform and clear a path through the clowns for you.
Beneath the line, is yet another line. A line of men, women and children who are part of the family. They married, or are born into, the Thin Blue Line, they stand behind it and absorb the impact. They offer love and support at times when it feels like there is none. Tanya offered all of that and more, she loved and supported her officer, and his friends, when they needed her most. She didn’t fall apart when many would. Tanya deserves more than a magnet and a Photoshop crown, but that’s all I’ve got. But she still has her husband, she may not have peace of mind, but her family is intact.
Although, Tanya and Steve kept it together, many families don’t. If you are one of those first responders who find they may be having a hard time coping, there are resources out there. Safe Call Now is a confidential way to speak to someone and learn ways to help your self and your family. Make the call to get you through the tough times, whether it’s getting shot, witnessing a shooting or just the daily grind. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, Tanya and Steve did.