End of Watch

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Ofc. Raymond Murrell

Bloomingdale Police Department

Died in the Line of Duty - January 19, 2017


The most important thing about photography is who you are, and I can go into depth about the psychology of that, but there’s no way you can take a photograph and not leave your imprint on it. Every time you hit the shutter it’s based on who you are.
— Joe Buissink

In the simple performance of duty,
they pinned on badge,
checked their gear with a practiced eye
and kissed their loved ones goodbye.

In the simple performance of duty,
the reported for work,
joked with their buddies at roll call
and made one last trip down the station house hall.

In the simple performance of duty,
they headed for their beats,
protecting our homes from crime,
they fought fires and evacuated buildings one last time.

In the simple performance of duty,
they answered the call,
to help the helpless, to find the lost,
no matter the danger or how great the cost.

In the simple performance of duty,
they lay down their lives,
for those in peril they tried to save,
our brave friends went to their graves.

In the simple performance of duty,
we honor their deeds,
as we carry them to rest in a flag drapped casket,

long after the world has forgotten,
we shall never forget,
never judge or regret,

what they did,

in the simple performance of duty.