You may have noticed signs around the ETMC Tyler campus bearing our “We Back the Blue” design. These are part of an effort led by ETMC Tyler, ETMC EMS and the whole ETMC Regional Healthcare System to show our support for law enforcement. As you know, the brave men and women who enforce our laws and provide us with protection recently have come under fire in our nation. We want to make it clear where we stand.
We have a shared mission in many ways with law enforcement. In responding to people in need, whether at accident scenes or in the emergency department, ETMC personnel often work closely with police and other law enforcement officers. We back the Blue because we know what they do – we’re there with them, shoulder to shoulder, on a regular basis.
Take a moment to read the memories, opinions and comments we’ve gathered from supporters of law enforcement. You also may wish to visit the Whole Truth Project website, founded by lawyer Andrew Hale and dedicated to protecting innocent police officers wrongfully accused of misconduct.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting all the police officers who do their jobs with professionalism and courage. And we urge you to take a moment to personally thank police or other law enforcement officers for their service. Tell them you back the Blue!
Words from supporters of law enforcement
I have always equated the people who work in healthcare with the people who work in the fire service, law enforcement and education. To me it is not just a profession, it’s a calling.
– David Schlottach, Tyler firefighter
A police officer is dispatched to an incident over 240,000 times a year. This means once every 2.2 minutes an officer risks his or her life for your safety.
– Whole Truth Project
Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.
– President Barack Obama
“The backbone of our nation’s domestic defense against terrorist attacks will continue to be the men and women in local law enforcement and emergency services.”
– U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss
Police officers may drive black and white cars; however, what goes on in their job is a lot of gray.
– Police officer Arik Matson
Heroes are the people who do what has to be done regardless of the consequences.
My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.
– Author Sidney Sheldon
No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.
– Motto of the Texas Rangers