We All Bleed Blue

John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”

This past week I had the opportunity to attend Police Week in Washington, DC. This was my first time at the event and our company was blessed to be a vendor at “Tent City.” The experience has forever changed me and it will not be forgotten. I was so amazed as I got to witness police officers and their families from all over the world flock the streets of DC.

For years I had heard about this amazing event but now I finally got to experience it for myself. The National Peace Officer Memorial Service on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol can only be described as breathtaking. I had the honor and privilege to stand side by side with thousands of law enforcement professionals as we gave tribute and honor to those that had given the ultimate sacrifice. The Bible says in Romans 13:7, to render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

They gave out the roll call of all those that had passed away and as I looked upon the faces of all the wives, husbands, children, moms, dads and friends that were there in attendance and had been left behind from the heroes that lost their lives defending our communities and enforcing the laws of this great country, I was merely left with a portion of sadness; however, the experience also gave me a flicker of joy all at the same time. The emotional experience I had was merely a combination of mourning the brothers and sisters that laid down their lives for the cause, combined with the flicker of joy coming along by the overwhelming support that showed up that day.

I looked on and witnessed the “Thin Blue Line” which was well represented on that lawn and had stretched from California to North Carolina and Texas to Detroit. Men and women that wore the heavy badge from all over the globe were all there to salute and show support to individuals that they had never met before. Out of all the 105 officers that were killed in 2013, I personally did not know any of them. Yet even though we had never met them or worked side by side with them, we came together that day to deliver our purpose to our fallen comrades and their families: which was to show them that we love them, we thank them, honor them, support them and to tell them that we will never forget the sacrifice that they gave.
I will forever take with me and never forget all of the fellow officers that we got to shake hands with and meet this past week. The diversity of all those awesome people that we encountered opened my eyes and made me realize something quite encouraging. It did not matter what age, race, physical statute, language accent, what shape the badge was, what was written on the patch or the background of training an officer had, this one thing remained: We all were cops, we all were bound together, we all were family and “WE ALL BLEED BLUE.” I am so proud to stand with each and every one of you.
Your family is my family, your fight is my fight, your pain is my pain and your loss is my loss. William Shakespeare said it best when he said, “From now until the end of the world, we and it shall be remembered. We few, we Band of Brothers. For he who sheds his blood with me shall be my
brother.” Stay safe out there!


Fraternally Your Brother,

Jeremy S. Maupin

Knoxville Police Department

Co-Owner of FIVE O Gear LLC


Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the King. – 1 Peter 2:17




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  1. God bless you and thank you!


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