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With it being “dead week” in Morgantown, I’ve pulled a few all nighters over the past week, studying and finishing up assignments and projects.  On at least one of those nights, I made a run over to Sheetz to grab some late night snackage.  As a sidenote, Sheetz is one of the only places to get quality hot food at 3am on a weekday in this town.

I mention Sheetz however, not because of the great food, but because of what I saw that one night.  It was while I was at Sheetz that a Morgantown police officer came in to get coffee.  That night served as a stark reminder that our police officers, throughout the country, are out 24/7 to protect us.

At approximately 8:30pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009, Officer Michael Crawshaw of the Penn Hills Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty.  At a time of the evening where most of the families in the region were settling down, Officer Crawshaw was working.  Being single, and without kids, he often took extra shifts, to give other officers more time with their families; but Mike Crawshaw still had  alot to live for.  Chief Tim Delaney of the University of Pittsburgh Police Department told the Tribune-Review, “He was an excellent officer, but he was a better person.  He was always smiling … no matter what was going on, he had a natural smile. His parents did a good job raising him.”

Officer Crawshaw showed up as requested for a domestic dispute and parked a few houses away, waiting for backup; backup that would be too late.  While waiting for additional units, a suspect left the house; Officer Crawshaw tried to confront him from within his vehicle, suspect Ronald Robinson responded by opening fire with his high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.

This is the second incident this year in the Pittsburgh area where officers were gunned down by criminals with assault weapons.  If anything ticks me off about this incident, it’s that.  How do these people get these guns?

I’m all for the for the second amendment.  I support hunting even though I don’t participate in it myself.  But there is no reason why anyone short of law enforcement and military needs an assault rifle, plain and simple.

So this weekend, as you sit down and relax, maybe enjoying your day off, take a moment to reflect on those who serve their communities, sometimes even putting their lives on the line 24/7, and pray for them, and pray for everyone who was ever touched by Michael Crawshaw, this will certainly be a hard holiday season for his family and friends.

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My mother first got me this as a book sometime around middle school.  I honestly don’t remember when.  I don’t know if I could even find the book today if I tried, but every once and awhile, it’s nice to look it up and read it.  Honestly, it’s whatever you make of it, a prayer, a poem, a blessing.  While posting this may be minor league (or potentially even at the major league all-star level) copyright infringement, I’m willing to take that risk in hopes that even one person might read it and appreciate it as much as I do. 

A Prayer for the 21st Century
By John Marsden 

May the road be free for the journey, 
May it lead where it promised it would, 
May the stars that gave ancient bearings 
Be seen, still be understood 
May every aircraft fly safely, 
May every traveler be found, 
May sailors in crossing the ocean 
Not hear the cries of the drowned 
May gardens be wild, like jungles, 
May nature never be tamed, 
May dangers create of us heroes, 
May fears always have names, 
May the mountains stand to remind us, 
Of what it means to be young 
May we be outlived by our daughters, 
May we be outlived by our sons 
May the bombs rust away in the bunkers, 
And the doomsday clock not be rewound 
May the solitary scientists, working 
Remember the holes in the ground 
May the knife remain in the holder, 
May the bullet stay in the gun, 
May those who live in the shadows 
Be seen by those in the sun.

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