2016-09-02 / Letters

Black or blue, everyone’s lives should matter

To the editor:

The headline, as it is called in journalism, is meant to

catch the eye of the reader. What follows should hold that attention until the story’s point is made and hopefully idea or message conveyed.

Blue Lives, like all lives, regardless of the clothes we wear or the color of our skin, matter. This hit home with me the other day when my truck broke down on the Casco Bay Bridge. I failed to heed the warning light that said I was low on fuel and sure enough I wasn’t low, I was out. Now it never happens that you run out of fuel as you pull into the service station or any other reasonable location. No. The Casco Bay Bridge at 8:30 a.m.

Now I know what racecar driver and bicyclists feel like. Those cars and trucks are zipping by you at 50 miles per hour in a hurry to be anywhere but broken down on the bridge. I coasted to the bike lane and sat there a minute to collect my thoughts, call a friend for gas or call AAA. A friend came with gas but to no avail. It seemed like it was my fuel pump. OK. Plan “B.” I called AAA and was put on the priority list. One hour later they arrived for the tow to my garage.

Now the Blue Lives Matter part. While I was sitting there Officer Corbett from the South Portland Police Department pulled in behind me. He got out of his car and walked up to my window. He offered aid and I told him AAA was on the way. I thanked him for stopping, his presence slowed the race track effect somewhat, and he said he would stay until help arrived. I have always respected our public servants and always will. That is how I was raised. There is no need to fear the police – unless you are breaking the law. That is why we have laws and it is their job to enforce them. I have never found police or firemen to be anything other than polite and even mannered. Thank you, Officer Scott Corbett.

Always be thankful that we live in South Portland and have a top rated police force “To Serve and Protect” all of us law abiding or not. I’m not suggesting you hug a policeman next time you see one, but a simple “thank you” would work just as well.

Michael R. Pock South Portland

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