GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- The honor flag is brought to a state every time an Officer loses his or her life in the line of duty. Sadly, this year the honor flag has already come to Colorado five times, the most out of any state.
Wives of some law enforcement officers banded together to form a new support group, after a number deaths of in the line of duty.
They open up to share their stories about going through the journey of being a law enforcement wife, and how it involves sacrifice and uncertainty.
The men and women who put on a uniform daily to protect our community are often thanked for their service.
"But not only are these men and women who wear the badge, but they're fathers and sons and they have people at home that love them and care about them," said Courtney whose husband in a 3-year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department.
Behind the badge, is a family who faces uncertainty every day.
"The hardest part is probably sharing him, anyone who goes into this field has to have an amazing heart and a love for the community and there are plenty of times where there are late calls, missed dinners and sleepless nights," said Jillian. Her husband is a 9-year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department but he has been in law enforcement for a total of 11 years. “So we do have to share them sometimes, but we gladly do it.”
With more than five law enforcement deaths, just this year in the state of Colorado alone, a tough situation is brought to light.
"This is definitely shaken me and impacted me and had me go wow is this worth it? Is what my husband does worth it?" Courtney said.
A new support group has been formed in town for families of law enforcement to be there for one another when times get tough.
"It's good for us to come together, because there [are] days where they come home late...there are days that birthdays are missed, and anniversaries are missed. Because they have a calling and a duty to our community,” Courtney said. “Just knowing that there are people out there that get it."
The wives having hard conversations with their kids sometimes, because many of the protectors on our streets have families they want to come home to.
"It’s hard because you don't want to necessarily want to make that promise, because we know in these times if unfortunately not something that we can promise," Courtney explained. “But just to reassure his little heart in the best way I could as a mom that there are so many people watching over him.”
A community was shaken up by a man who gave his all made the ultimate sacrifice, but has now brought together a new bond in Mesa County.
“Every time I think of those families that have given the ultimate sacrifice, my heart just breaks. When it comes to Deputy Geer recently, I just feel in my heart so strongly,” Jillian said. "He is looking down on this community and he is so blessed that even now he is making a difference. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and it is like a butterfly effect through this community and his family he is still giving a sacrifice to us and uniting us and that’s more than words can every say."
Women with spouses in law enforcement who are looking for help or would like a support group can contact the Public Information Officer at Grand Junction Police Department connect to these resources.