The Wall is divided into two large sections. On each section are the names of the 18,661 fallen officers that have been etched into its stone surface. The newest names are always on the very bottom rows of each panel. You now have a sense of what it’s like from a physical standpoint.
There are usually throngs of people there. Along the Wall are mementos that have been left there by friends, by survivors, and by agencies from all across the country. Those mementos tell a message of love and of loss. Some start out, “Dear Daddy, I miss you.”
Whose job is it to minister to the survivors? It is yours, mine and it belongs to the new people that we can bring, as well. Wh
ich one of us will end up being very important to someone at Police week this year? Only God knows.
Be safe, my brothers & sisters. I hope to see you in person in D.C. in May.
Jim Donahue is a native of the Midwest, getting his education at Michigan State University. He is now training patrol officers on Technology & Tactics which translates for street cops into how to use patrol car computers — safely.
Jim is married to Paula and they have two children. He is a competitive bodybuilder, with six contests to his credit. Jim is active in his community and his church.