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Police Week 2012: Hallelujah for a fallen officer

A poem by Lt. Dan Marcou, sung to the music of "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen

There was the day you pinned on the star
Strapped on your gun, started your car
Pride filled your heart and you felt it course right through ya

You never dreamed it’d be so hard
When playing cops out in the yard
But you never let all the pressure get to ya


You answered every call they gave
Some crimes you solved some lives you saved
Until it seemed everyone in town… they knew ya

You gave your best, you met the worst
You weathered every ugly curse
Some days cold, some so hot nothing could cool ya


Over time it becomes so hard
To maintain an edge, keep up your guard
You only have to let one too close to ya

They strike so hard they strike so fast
You give your all up to the last
Life ebbs as back-up rushes more help to ya


In light of day and dark of night
You were a cop, who stood to fight
Against those who would happily do harm to ya

Each time you faced another foe
You won each battle, but you know
It’s not a sin you met some cur, who outdrew ya


Hundreds come to pray and salute
White gloves and hats and shining boots
Some proudly say they were a cop who knew ya

You couldn’t be here for your spirit soared
To find your place next to the Lord
You gave up the flesh and our savior did renew ya


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