Back in July my dear husband was one of the first few officers inside Theatre 9 after the dreadful shooting during the Batman premiere. He rescued many people and had others die in his arms. He and his fellow officers witnessed something that most people will never see.
I wrote about this a week after it happened here.
As the months have passed, I have been pretty impressed with the State of Colorado. They truly have supported the victims and their families in some pretty amazing ways. Nothing will ever erase what happened but I think they have felt supported.
Batman himself... I mean, Christian Bale, came out to show his support. Many heard of him coming out to visit the victims at the hospital. He did this quietly and people only found out he came after the fact (or maybe during) but it was not a highly publicized event that he initiated. What many don't know is he came to thank Aurora PD as well. Caleb got to meet him that day and let's just say he became a true super hero to a lot of people that day.
Then last week, the first responders were honored for a job well done with a ceremony that brought closure for them. After all of the pain, sleepless nights and nightmares (when they do sleep), they were honored for all they did. Caleb was honored with 2 medals, and he now holds 3 of the highest awards in the department. As a wife you see the behind the scenes, you see the true feelings behind the brave face, you see the aftermath. It's nice to know that people recognize this and all they did.
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His job is hard. At times it's really hard on him, and hard on the family, but it's times like these when you realize it's all worth it. He is making a difference in way most people would never be able to. I will persevere through the hard times because God has called our family into this life.