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Yesterday, I visited a local police department. I had in mind to honor and thank the chief of police and his whole department for their service to the community.

The lady behind the bullet-proof glass asked me if I needed any help. I teasingly said, "I need a lot of help." She said that she meant the kind of help that the police could offer to me. I told her that I needed the help of the police every day. She misunderstood and said, "That's sad." I said, "No, I realize that my life is better because the police department is busy doing their job in our community." I was trying to honor her and the men and women with whom she worked, but she was not catching it. I am sure that she was thinking that I was in trouble with the law every day.

The police make our lives safer and better, by providing their services every day. I would not want to drive if I thought someone would be coming around the curve on the highway heading for me in my lane. Is our world perfect? Surely not, but it is a better place to live because of the faithfulness of our police force.

Thank you, Mr. Policeman, for your courage, help and faithfulness. May the Lord keep you safe as you perform your duties for all of us.

Dan Manka,

Fairmont, W.V.

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