Today, I am going to focus on her. Clearly, enough people are losing sight of the fact that an officer of the law was killed on duty. Officer Sebena deserves every honor available to her memory. But for some reason, not everyone agrees. There are some people who believe that she does not deserve to have her name on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. - because her death was caused by her husband. Not by a bank robber, not by a runaway car chase, not by a hostage taker, but by her husband - the one person who swore before God and all who loved him, that he would love, cherish and protect her - before all others.
And that is not tragic enough??
So, their original decision was that her death was not a LODD, but a domestic dispute and therefore she did not deserve to be memorialized.
After much public outrage, political statements, the NLEOMF has decided to put it off a year and discuss it then.
|Photo courtesy of Jeff Vavera - Oct. 2007|
Our police, fire and military personnel put their lives on the line EVERYDAY to keep the community and nation safe. There are names of LEOs on that memorial that had heart attacks during training and died in car accidents - that they caused. But, because she loved the man who took her life, she is less worthy??? I can't even begin to wrap my head around it.
BUT, what is even more confusing to me is that the precedent has already been set. As stated in the Wisconsin Professional Police Association's letter to the White House, three other officers who lost their lives under similar circumstances are already on the monument. How can you say no??
But I think what bothers me the most, is that her own department is not fighting for her. I can't quote what I have heard about their stance, but it seems to be that they are respecting whatever decision the NLEOMF makes.
You lost one of your own. How are you NOT fighting for her name to be on that memorial forever and ever amen?? I am certain that there are officers pushing, but why is the department not fighting for her memory to be literally etched in stone; her sacrifice there for the public to see?? The MPD, Governor, Attorney General, Wisconsin Professional Police Association, ME - we are all fighting to keep this in the front of people's minds. But her department, her brothers and sisters, are taking the political route?? That makes my stomach TURN!!
If you take a moment and research her story and feel so moved, you can sign the petition here. Please realize I feel that this is a small token to memorialize a life taken far too soon.
To those who are serving in our neighborhoods and overseas, please know that we are grateful and blessed to have servants like you among us. To those of us who are receiving the services and protection of these ordinary heroes, take a moment to say thank you. Thanks a moment to sign the petition.
Officer Sebena, please know that there are many pleading your case. Your sacrifice was not in vain. Thank you.