When I was growing up my dad was in the Army. We traveled a lot and met a lot of interesting people. I remember my parents were friends with everyone from different backgrounds and different areas in the military. The first time I remember being around Military Police was when I was in my early teens. I was so enthralled with K9’s because they were so smart and loyal. The encounter was brief but left an imprint on me. When I was 17, we had some neighbors who were abusing their young children. Even though I was the typical self-absorbed teen, I knew what was happening to the kids needed to be stopped. I called the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and reported the abuse. I was interviewed several times by the same nice investigator. He made me feel at ease and assured me I was doing the right thing. The children were removed from the home and were placed with family in another state. I often pray that the kids grew up to be healthy, normal adults. I will never forget the way the investigator made me feel. His focus was on the safety and well being of the kids. He became a hero to this self-absorbed teenager. He rescued those babies and made me a supporter of all law enforcement. As we celebrate Police Appreciation week, I want to pay homage to that detective who made me believe in real heroes. I do not remember his name, but he left a lifelong impression on me. An impression that is undying and has made me a loyal supporter of all good law enforcement. Please take the time this week and thank a law enforcement officer. Your appreciation will help strengthen the bond between officers and our commUNITY. Remember to always support local and love thy neighbor.