The Watering Hole Blog

In the Line of Duty – Crossing The Line Blog #7


In The Line of Duty” Blog Published in Nov 2014 Edition of Grieving Behind the Badge 


Crossing the Line blog series logo

In the Line of Duty, a blog by Maryanne Pope, was published in the November 2014 edition of the Grieving Behind the Badge e-newsletter, as the 7th blog in Maryanne’s Crossing the Line blog series.

In the Line of Duty


Cliff, MA, Joel and Glenn in Edmonton, Sept 2013
Cliff, MA, Joel and Glenn in Edmonton, Sept 2013

“Everything is summed up in the face. I may take 40, 50, 100 pictures of a person, and the one I like best is when the face hasn’t caught on to the next expression the brain wants it to make.”

– Martin Schoeller, National Geographic Photographer

The above photo was taken in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday September 29th, 2013, at the annual Alberta Peace and Police Officer’s Memorial Service. Since the service that year fell on the actual 13th anniversary of John’s death, he was the officer highlighted. From left to right are: Cliff O’Brien (Calgary Police Service), me, Joel Matthews (Calgary Police Service) and Glenn Laird (Calgary Police Service).

It was a powerful service. As such, I look like I’d just been through the wringer – because I had.

Moments before this photo was taken, I had spoken to the media about why public memorials such as this are so important – both for the family & friends of the fallen officer, as well as for the thousands of living officers who put their lives on the line on a daily basis…and their loved ones who hope to God they never get the call I did…

Please click here to read entire blog.

To read the other Crossing the Line blogs by Maryanne Pope, here is the link.

Maryanne Pope is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. She is the author of A Widow’s Awakening and the playwright of Saviour. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.


Share this post

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.