“This is Amy. This is what needs to be shared.”
In a Facebook post, shared over 28,000 times as of Wednesday morning, Ash Leigh is giving a powerful reminder of the incredible sacrifice too many of our law enforcement officers have made.
She began her post by talking about a Baltimore County police officer named Officer Amy Caprio.
Officer Caprio was killed in the line of duty on May 21, 2018. While responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle, she was run over after approaching the car and later died due to those injuries.
Leigh’s post wasn’t a commentary on the racial tensions now surrounding the incident, but more so a reminder that Officer Caprio was a human. A human with “dreams and aspirations, AND A RIGHT TO GO HOME.”
She goes on to share that her own husband is a police officer and how some of the sounds he makes are comforting to her: ripping Velcro, work boots hitting the ground, and an Impala driving into her driveway at 2 a.m.
All of these sounds are comforting to her because those sounds mean that he’s home.
“As a spouse you never think about if they don’t come home. You can’t. You’ll drive yourself crazy. You live each day like it’s normal. Is it always in the back of your head? Do you have plans in case the most horrible thing happens? Yes. But you never dwell,” Leigh wrote.
She also said she was praying for Officer Caprio’s husband.
In the midst of highly debated events, like Officer Caprio’s death, people often forget that law enforcement officers are just humans. Humans who had “dinner plans, weekend plans and vacation ideas.”
Humans who want to protect other humans and have dedicated their life’s work to that cause.
She doesn’t want people to focus on those who killed her. Instead, she wants people to focus on the incredible person Officer Caprio was.
“I ask that people not share the pathetic souls that did this to her. Share her, share her life and her story. Inspire people to want to be like her,” she urged. “We need more people like her in this world. Share stories about her fellow officers. Ask if they are okay. Share stories about how they save the world one radio call at a time.”
“Talk about all the good that they do. Show the bright side of our thin blue line.. because Lord knows that it is a very misunderstood subject.”
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