What does the “Thin Blue Line” Mean? EOW: September 2023 Report

We update this post with End of Watch information from the month before as a reminder and tribute to those who commit their lives to something greater than themselves — our communities.

End of Watch LEO Report for August 2023

END OF WATCH: 9 Law Enforcement Patriots
in August 2023

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Let’s keep them and their families in our prayers.

  • Deputy Sheriff Timothy J. Guyer
    Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, IN
    EOW: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
    Cause: Heart attack
  • Police Officer Matthew Hare
    Easley Police Department, SC
    EOW: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
    Cause: Struck by train
  • Police Officer Jonah Oswald
    Fairway Police Department, KS
    EOW: Monday, August 7, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire
  • Officer Bill Sapolu
    Honolulu Police Department, HI
    EOW: Tuesday, August 8, 2023
    Cause: Motorcycle crash
  • Special Agent Patrick Bauer
    United States Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, US
    EOW: Thursday, August 17, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Officer Bryan Holley
    Hudson Independent School District Police Department, TX
    EOW: Friday, August 18, 2023
    Cause: Duty-related illness
  • Police Officer Anthony Francone
    Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Police Department, TR
    EOW: Friday, August 25, 2023
    Cause: Vehicular assault
  • Sheriff Robert Rodgers
    Wilcox County Sheriff’s Office, GA
    EOW: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
    Cause: Automobile crash
  • Deputy Sheriff Matthew Pierson
    Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, TX
    EOW: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
    Cause: Automobile crash

END OF WATCH: 1 Law Enforcement K9
in August 2023

  • K9 Sir
    San Diego Police Department, CA
    EOW: Wednesday, August 2, 2023
    Cause: Gunfire

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What is the History of The Thin Blue Line?

We Support Law Enforcement Thin Blue Line

Law Enforcement, or LEOs, as we fondly refer to our community heroes, have been in the news recently. However, what I found most disturbing is the lack of understanding about what these guys and gals do to protect our communities.

If you listened to the LSM (lame-stream media), you would think all law enforcement was similar to the Nazi Gestapo. And the low-information “citizens” jump on the bandwagon… How would these folks react if they called 911 and no one responded?

The Thin Blue Line is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and symbolize the police’s relationship in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.

Each stripe on the emblem represents certain respective figures: the blue center line represents law enforcement, the top black stripe represents the public whilst the bottom represents the criminals. The idea behind the graphic is that law enforcement (the blue line) stands between the violence and victimization by criminals of the would-be victims of crime.

Thin Blue Line Bracelets, Dog Collars and Gear

Blue Lives Matter…

There are rotten eggs in any industry, field, or occupation. However, to besmirch the reputation of all LEOs, which has been commonplace as of late, to whip up a frenzy with false narratives to create a straw man purely for political gain is something particular “leaders” should be ashamed of and be taken to task for.

Common sense thinkers should not tolerate this behavior from those whose character should be above groundless accusations and inflammatory statements. We deserve better than that.

Remembering the Fallen

Thin Blue Line Memorial Order

We have been trusted with the honor of making many a Thin Blue Line bracelet in memorial to fallen officers (you can view some of these patriots on our Wall of Heroes).

As with our brave Military personnel, thank them when you see a Law Enforcement Officer next time. Let them know you appreciate that they are on call for your community, knowing that they are potentially putting their lives at risk each day they put on their uniform with every phone call and traffic stop.

We have an incredible warrior class in this country – people in law enforcement and intelligence – and I thank God every night we have them standing fast to protect us from the tremendous amount of evil that exists in the world.

Brad Thor