It’s not always an easy job being a police officer, making it truly incredible that cops around the world put their lives on the line each and every day with only their instincts to guide them. That’s why this message from Paul Harvey is so touching.
Noted radio host Paul Harvey read the headlines to Americans every day for almost half of the 20th century. And with his famed series, The Rest Of The Story, Harvey brightened listeners’ days with feel-good stories about heroic and courageous feats.
In this 1970 essay, however, he tackles a very sensitive subject – public opinion of police officers. And the issues he discusses are still a problem for cops today, as we all struggle to understand both sides of the story.
As Harvey puts it best in this essay “a policeman is a composite of what all men are, a mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.” Or, put into layman’s terms, “they are just like the rest of us, struggling to do the right thing every second of the day,” and we can’t thank them enough for their selfless spirit.