It's Ben's first night back and I'm an emotional wreck. The thought of him putting on his uniform and saying goodbye to his family is too much for me to handle. My thoughts go back to the night of September 22nd. He had no clue what he was going to do within a few hours after leaving his house. He still got out of his warm bed, put on his uniform, buckled his belt, put on his badge, tied his black shoes, kissed his girls goodbye and walked out the door only to return as a hero.
He didn't know me. He didn't know Kayli. He didn't know our attacker. He didn't have to enter our dark basement. He didn't have to go in without backup. He didn't know who was down there. He didn't know what weapons our attacker had. He didn't know if he were going to come back out. AND he still went in.
That's exactly what he is doing tonight. I don't want him to go. I don't want him to risk everything again. I want him to stay home, but I know he wont. He's not that kind of person. He made a promise to protect and serve and that's exactly what he is going to do.
How can someone be so selfless? How can others mistreat the men and women who honor their promises made to protect and serve?
I have learned all officers who honor their responisbilities, like Ben, leave and return to their homes as heros.
I will be forever greatful for mine, Officer Ben Hone.
I echo the words of Jeffery R. Holland when he said, "angels are still sent to save us." Officer Hone is our angel.
I hope all will think about the sacrafices all men and women honorably wearing the badge are making. Respect them, pray for them, thank them.