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P1 First Person: Battling back: My path to sobriety

By John O’Connor
PoliceOne Member

Perdition: A state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.

I knelt there on the pavement my wings clipped, sword shattered, clutching at my badge, which was the last piece of the protector’s armor that I had no choice but to surrender.

I had always wanted to be a police officer. I came from a police family, generations of NYPD and New York State Police it was only logical that I would carry it through to the next generation. It was in my blood of course, and I couldn’t wait to get to my 21st birthday.

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