Life May Never Be Fair, Even for Officer Bradley Fox

Reflecting on the recent death of Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox & public safety personnel & volunteers. Don't complain for your speeding ticket, next time, say thank you.

Life can be so unfair. It's unfortunate it takes situations such as this week, when a police officer, who underneath his kevlar vest and uniform was also a devoted full time daddy and caring husband, is killed in the line of duty, for people to take notice, reflect, remember, and recognize him; before, during, and after his burial.

It's even sadder when physically, emotionally, and mentally taxed public safety personnel & volunteers (who are usually working 2-3 full time and part time jobs, while missing those "family moments" with their children, due to each job paying mediocre wages, due to lack of local, state, and federal funding coupled with the current economic state forcing longer hours, less pay, and less backup personnel, pass away (especially ones with wives and children), responding to, or during dangerous 911 calls.

It's only during horribly sad situations such as this one that we as a society FINALLY stop to reflect and recognize the selfless work and heroic measures of all officers. The same officers that other days we take for granted and/or get grumpy towards or about for giving us well deserved speeding tickets, once home, or even before pulling away from the side of the road, we're blasting our unhappiness all over Twitter and Facebook in hopes of a like or retweet or sympathetic comment.

Instead of owning up to our own flaws and looking at the bigger picture that you were pulled over, or cited for something stupid YOU DID, and realizing that you were cited, charged, ticketed etc, as a reminder to reset yourself, and be safer for your own personal reasons as well as for the safety of others.

That traffic ticket or DUI check you got mad about was done to protect you from hurting yourself, others around you, or in extreme cases causing death and leaving behind family and friends who love you or the innocent stranger you hurt.

Anyone in public safety, whether it be a police officer, firefighter, EMT/paramedic, swat member etc. puts their life on the line daily to protect and serve on a micro and macro level of society.

It's a shame we don't take the time to reflect and recognize EVERYONE in Public Safety until something tragic happens or on days of remembrance such as 9/11. People often hate police officers and EMS volunteers because they were reprimanded for something THEY DID WRONG, instead of using your mistake as a lesson to better yourself and your life.

The next time you get a ticket, instead of being rude or belligerent at the officer, think of the bigger picture and thank him or her for saving you from possibly hurting yourself or others.  Think of how each day that officer/firefighter/medic/EMT etc., puts their life on the line for YOU! (...some with little to no pay.)

Recognizing the efforts and excellence in public safety personnel should be done daily, BEFORE, they tragically pass in the line of duty, and not after they pass away, while protecting all humans, unconditionally, unbiased, and not looked at as an officer that made you later for work, because YOU were speeding in the first place, or grumpy at a fire truck or ambulance that turned your green light to red with their opticom, to minimize response time to save someone's life, burning home, or family cat stuck in a tree.

Yes, they stepped up to the plate, and made a personal and public pledge, and commitment, to put their lives on the line, to serve unbiased, unconditionally, and without judgement or discrimination; to keep ALL of us safe and protect, and usually save, ALL of the idiots, true criminal delinquents, or stop burning homes, and save critically ill patients.

Next time you see an ambulance, fire truck, or police car racing through that now green light you had seconds ago "killing your day by turning your light red & making your trip to wherever longer," use that time to think of how the person or people they are rushing to help are feeling.

Police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and Paramedics race 24/7, 365 to save sick people during the "Golden Hour," who require immediate medical attention, save a burning home with someone else's personal contents (ex. family photos, your great grandmother's wedding ring etc.), stopping speeding people who are driving a vehicle weighing over a ton of deadly metal containing hazardous materials (gasoline, oil, antifreeze etc) 50+ mph over the limit, while more likely than not, lacking the skills of Dale Earnhardt Jr., because THEY MADE themselves late for work, and selfishly decided to speed. Yet, our society rarely recognizes anyone in public safety while they are alive, as they usually go unnoticed for their duty and unbiased, unconditional, commendable, dedication to SAFETY AND SAVING ALL OF US.

We are responsible for ALL of OUR actions! Unfortunately, we are humans, and the majority of us are but won't humbly admit to being ignorant and technology addicted, impatient, selfish American humans. With that said, more often than not, we usually fail to stop and think of possible consequences of most of our actions. Actions that WE ALL make, on a daily basis, whether it be consciously, or subconsciously, in the heat of moments. Moments we probably could have, and probably very well should have, done in a different way, or not at all.

If you're still reading, the only last thing I have to say is don't go to bed on bad terms. Don't storm off and drive away after a verbal argument. Stop texting and driving and thank a public safety officer if they help you or stop you for doing something you know is wrong. Be thankful for what you have, because I guarantee someone else always has it worse than you think. :)

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Shannon September 19, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Lee your job is important too and Thank you for what you do, however I believe this article is in regards to First Responders.
Russ September 19, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Monica, I have been on the job for over 17 years. Been in a shooting in the past. All I can tell your husband is speak to someone to help get him thru this. It doesnt take us to be right there to feel those emotions. Just to work that job and be around others that were there, speaking about it, knowing that our lives can be just a shadow, can bring the reality that our lives can be gone in a moment. We bear that cross, cause thats what we do. You should also get involved in a Police Wife Facebook page and make bonds with folks like my wife, who has gotten the fateful PHONE CALL and police knocking onthe door twice. This too will pass. I have put too many brothers in the ground in my career and to not have your head in the game at a time like this is really dangerous. I pray too for Brad's family and friends. I don't have to pray for Brad as I know God as given his reward to walk the Beat in Heaven on Streets of Gold. God Bless Russ
Molly Lozinak September 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Thanks to EVERYONE who retweeted, shared on FB, commented, or sent personal messages about the Blog on Public Safety and Officer Fox. I apologize in advance for not having the chance to respond to every message. My post left out doctors, nurses, nurses aides, and techs. Hospital employees are just as important and noteworthy because their life is also at risk, whether a patient comes via ambulance, helicopter, or on foot. Patients can be armed with unknown weapons or used needles on and unconscious, with unknown cause, and/or medical history, infected with communicable diseases, or drug seeking patients armed seeking demands of narcotics etc. Emergency room staff are under just as much financial, personal, and job related stress, as public safety employees and volunteers on the street. My post really just started as one of my usual "blog to self rambles." I write daily, but never actually post. I may be an expired EMT, but just felt this needed to be shared. 
Molly Lozinak September 19, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Officer Fox was lucky to have a devoted wife and loving family. I spent a good chunk of my life volunteering as an EMT, and watching first hand as cops, medics, first responders, doctors, nurses, and firefighters lose their wives and husbands, weddings go south, hearts getting broken, and having the other half you love leave, due to the stress of the jobs, money, long back to back shifts, and seeing things that cause PTSD, that only your partners could relate to. It's a shame it cost Officer Fox's life to have us all reflect, respect, and honor him and each other.  Ps...I "get" you guys, because at one time, I was one of YOU, in the field and in an ER. ;) If it weren't for my health and babies, I would renew my certs, and come back to volunteer in a heartbeat! (I still get that feeling in my chest everytime I hear sirens or see flashing lights) -Molly #SavingLives1By1p
Mary Vertullo September 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Molly, "I still get that feeling in my chest everytime I hear sirens or see flashing lights", remains in the hearts of those who serve, and will always be a part of us forever. (a past EMS provider too!) ~ <3 ~ -Mary V.


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