Saturday, September 20, 2008

"The Runaway" turns 50 today!

You've seen it hundreds of times, the picture you could call Norman Rockwell's enduring gift to the law enforcement community. It's Rockwell's illustration "The Runaway," which graced the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on Sept. 20, 1958. That image is embedded in the minds of just about everyone who has seen it, especially police officers. This picture shows everything that I talk about on this blog. It’s about more than writing tickets and arresting the bad guys, it’s about making a difference, it’s about being the “good guy” and it’s about the community and the people we serve. Happy 5oth birthday to “The Runaway” you never looked better!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have that art. Nice information.

Anonymous said...

Love that picture1

Anonymous said...

The words are perfect! You do a great job of bringing the PRIDE out in the profession! I know it makes me proud to be an 'HPD Mom' and I know it helps the officers remember what made them choose this career they chose...
My Mike has been CONSTANTLY challenged on his career choice - folks cannot understand how someone with super math gifts can choose this profession - working for 1/4 of the pay he 'could' have been earning... (a calculus teacher at his Engineering college could not understand how her TOP Calc I student could be a Criminal Justice major - Mike got so frustrated by her constant questioning of his decision that he finally said - look - don't you want the future head of the FBI to be intelligent? ). Even many of his Criminal Justice Professors could not understand his decision to become an Officer instead of going on for his PhD full time... ARGH - they just don't get it - the flame within that makes all officers join to SERVE.
Anyways - THANK YOU - I enjoy the blog and from the posts - I can tell it is really helping the recruits make their way through the process AND it is helping the current Officers remember why they chose this path and why they SHOULD BE PROUD of that decision to serve! All the best Mike, Cindy Herb

Cindy Herb, Officer Herb's PROUD mom

Sean Maloney said...

Very sorry to hear of Trooper Clemens' passing this week. He has served as an icon for the community service aspect of policing for generations. His spirit lives on, though, and will serve as an inspiration for future police officers.