Sheryl Turner, co-author
Being a police officer has never been an easy task. Officers do not work normal shifts. They arm themselves with a gun to protect others and themselves as they kiss their families goodbye every day.
I am a police wife who knows in the back of my head what could happen and sees what my LEO husband goes though. The stories about work he tells me are kept low key, so I don’t worry. An officer’s job also comes with threats that can be made against the family.
When my LEO comes home he is never off duty. My family has endured rocks being thrown through our windows, waking up finding glass on the floor with pellets from a bb gun all over, and many more instances. This is simply because my husband is an LEO.
Many other LEO families go through this, but they stay strong. They have support from many people like LET readers. Even a simple smile and “thanks” goes a long way.
In Scranton, Pennsylvania their jobs seem a bit harder than in other jurisdictions. On June 27, Scranton police officers received letters stating that all officers will be paid minimum wage of 7.25 per hour until further notice, as is the case with all other city union workers. The LEO’s involved are unionized, full=time officers.
This is terribly upsetting, not only for the LEO’s but for the spouses who act as their officer’s emotional support. My husband brought the letter home and sat down at the kitchen table. He waited for me patiently until I finished reading the letter, trying not to show emotion.
After reading it, I just hugged him and told him it is not forever, it will pass. Another Scranton police wife came home from work to find her husband sitting at the table with the letter in hand. He had tears in his eyes and tried to make them go away before she could notice. This wife didn’t make an issue out of it, either. She just did the same…kissed him and said “we’ll be ok”.
It is just another hurdle for us that will not affect him doing his duty to protect Scranton families in their time of need. This affects the officers and their families. It is shameful what Scranton, Pennsylvania has come to. Don’t balance city budgets on the backs of first responders.
Sheryl Turner, co-author and I wrote this article his article to advise the LEO community about this decision by Scranton City Government. Please support police officers everywhere. This action is insulting to every officer who goes out and risks his life for 7.25 an hour.
Note from TEAM LET: According to the Times-Tribune newspaper, City Council members state that this move from Mayor Chris Doherty is designed to create a crisis to force the Council to pass what Council President Janet Evans characterizes as a “78% tax increase which will crucify taxpayers.”
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