Commendation

IMG_2948A while back, I made reference to a commendation I was supposed to receive, but was unable to attend the ceremony due to an activation of the SWAT team that I am attached to as a specialized incident dispatcher.  (Turkeys in the Perimeter) (LINK to newspaper article) (LINK to a similar, but unrelated article)

Well, last week at morning roll call, the officer and two dispatchers (one being me) that were scheduled to receive commendations (and could not due to that SWAT call) were awarded our medals of commendation.  In the absence of the City Council but in front of two shifts of officers instead, our Chief of Police was present to make a small speech, award us with our medals, and thank us for a job well done.  The Chief of Police was my supervisor on the Communications Team for many years prior to being promoted  up the ranks.  It felt good to have someone I worked so closely with for so many years to deliver this Commendation to me.  

IMG_2944 The ceremony itself was short and sweet, but still gave me a chance to feel a lot of pride for what I do, and for the department I work for - and will stay with me for a long time to come. 

I was slightly disappointed that my wife and kids were not there to see me receive my commendation.

Child #3 of 5 has been asking me every other day or so, "Did you get your medal yet dad?", and can not wait to get a glimpse of it

I gripe about hours, and schedules, and short-notice hold overs - but can not thank the Bloomington Police Department enough for providing me the opportunity to fulfill the roll I do.  Helping folks in their moments of crisis, or being there WITH them during life changing emotional highs and lows is an UNBELIEVABLE (and indescribable) thing.  

The real lesson I'd like to leave with my children here is not about what you get for doing a good job - no, the real lesson here is about the "bigger picture".  It is about the positive aspect of doing the right thing WITH your life, and doing something good FOR others even though sometimes doing the right and good things come with a cost (like odd schedules, lack of sleep, missed family opportunities, etc).

There is an odd ending to this story.  IMMEDIATELY following the ceremony, I was stripped of my medal.

No, it's not as bad as it sounds....  Maybe I should have worded it "asked to return the medal so it could be engraved" instead of  "stripped of my medal", but that would not make you do a "double-take" now would it?

12 comments:

  1. Congrats! It must feel great to work at a job where you have opportunities to save lives. My wife has a job like that. I'd like to think I'm sort of doing that as a stay-at-home dad to my two kids. Or maybe it's the other way around -- maybe they're saving MY life. :)

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  2. Congratulations to a real life hero! Tis an honor to know you (even though it is just on line)

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  3. Way to go buddy! Well deserved!

    Bill

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  4. Sweet!

    Now you can hang it on the wall with your platinum records and your emmy!

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  5. Congratulations on a well-deserved award! I'm impressed that yourself and another dispatcher were both awarded as those of us who sit behind the console very rarely seem to get recognized unless we did something wrong. As much as I love my job, there are times when I begin to wonder why I'm doing it but then someone says 'thank you' and I remember. A little appreciation goes a long ways, doesn't it?

    Congrats again and I bet the kids will be anxious to have that engraving done soon so you can get your medal back and show it to them!

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  6. Dave,
    You need to buy that copy of Photoshop or delete it off your computer. I know you were using it for something "important at work" but the Software Publishers Association takes a dim view of piracy. Oh, and in answer to your earlier question, yes, those were all the certificate templates I had, what did you need them for?

    Co-Worker

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  7. Congratulations to you!!!! That's great :)

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  8. It looks good on you, FOF! Congratulations. It's too bad the family couldn't be there, but I'm glad you had pictures to show them and us.

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  9. Congratulations! You deserve it.
    And I always get a little nervous when I see the word 'stripped' on your blog.

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  10. Sorry for the lateness...


    CONGRATULATIONS!

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