This blog was posted to address the incident in Oklahoma between the State Trooper and the EMT.
Do understand that this Trooper just returned from a tour in a war zone and is obviously dealing with a mind set that is required to be a State Trooper but is completely unacceptable in all other areas of public and private life.
Everyone should know,... who is over the age of 25,... that war veterans are not quite that easy to be around if provoked. We have a tendency to be very loud, aggressive and physically abusive. This permanent scarring of our spirits causes us to be passed up for most jobs, lose our spouses, family love and friends.
I had been recruited by the Connecticut State Police after I had just returned from the "killing fields" and ended up withdrawing from the course because I was not comfortable being told that everone is "a potential criminal" and we were "at war" with the civilian population we were being trained to "serve and protect".
My awareness of my ability,... if confronted by "perpetrators" with recalcitrant personalities,... to use deadly force without the natural concern most people have and I once had for human life would indeed make me as much of a problem as the criminals.
I truly understand the State Troopers but I do not approve of their behaviour. I have with great effort suppressed this type of behaviour for 40 years and chose to follow a more people friendly path, I became a Firefighter. It is acceptable to be as angry, loud and abusive as you want to a fire or any other threat to life and property.
I wish for everyone to look beyond this obvious offense to the EMT and consider what becomes of the family of the Trooper if he is dismissed from service. Where will he go now for employment? How will his families needs be met? Are we all willing to allow the suffering by the innocent people surrounding this man just to make his bad behaviour recognized and be addressed.
I did a u-turn to be a Firefighter to help people instead of hurting them and always felt all of us in this community were caring people, so why do we not support all the people involved in the Oklahoma incident and forgive all and lend our hearts, minds and ears to help heal them.
It is easy to criticize, hard to understand and sometimes seemingly impossible to forgive but we must accept our duties as human beings and realize that when any one of us says or does anything it impacts all the rest.
Acceptance is the key.
Be well and safe everyone.