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He is preparing for the second shift, third night of the rotation.

Uniform on, everything in place, kisses his wife then leaves for the station.

Only GOD knows at this time that he wonít be coming home tonight.

He will answer a call, from a bullet fall, at the scene of a domestic fight.


Roll call is normal and he has not a clue

Of what he and his family are about to go through.

To the car with his equipment and a quick radio check;

His first call of the evening is an automobile wreck.


Time has passed it is 9 PM; only three hours of the shift left to go.

Thus far the night has been uneventful and slow.

The screen lights up and a dispatch is sent,

The nature of the call is a domestic argument.


He has handled this type call again and again,

He knows the danger but most of the time they are just a pain.

He locates the address and arrives at the scene;

Hears a pop, a bullet strikes his side and enters his spleen.


He wonít be coming home tonight

Even though he did everything right.

An ambush by an intoxicated spouse

Just as he was approaching the house.


At the hospital his wife waits for some word.

Nothing has been encouraging from all she has heard.

The surgeon is busy she is told,

He is working on your husband; please be bold.


Minutes turn to hours but she will wait

For any word on her husbandís fate.

He wonít be coming home tonight,

Because for his life he will fight.


As morning arrives encouraging news is heard,

For this officer death has been deferred.

He wonít be coming home tonight,

But thank GOD in time he will be alright.


Our officers need prayer for the work they do

But donít forget the family, they need it too.

Ask GOD for their safety and to keep them in sight,

So each and every one can come home at night.


©Kent Fletcher

October 13, 2010

Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept. He served with that department for 301/2 years. He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College. Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby. He can be reached at





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