Joseph Cadena, a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal is no stranger to risking his life for others. He is a marine. He’s trained to do whatever it takes to keep people safe from harm, whether at home, or abroad.
So when Cadena saw two police officers from Fort Worth, Texas having dinner during their shift, he sat right behind them. And on his Facebook page, he explained why.
“Tonight I ate dinner behind two Fort Worth police officers, but let me tell you why it was important.
Friday night, [which was] four days ago, two of their brothers were shot and hospitalized. Then two months ago, five officers from the next-largest department, a county over (Dallas PD) were assassinated.
Tonight I sat behind these officers on purpose, I positioned myself between them and the door. I sat and ate my dinner, while they laughed and joked and enjoyed their time with each other (I felt the need to include that because some forget that police officers are normal people just like you and me).
I sat there silently after I finished my meal, and continued to watch both exits, while they ate, I did not leave until after they left.”
Source:Facebook/Joe Vicente Cadena
“Silently watching their 6. I was unarmed, however in the event that anyone would try to take their life, I would have been more than ready to sacrifice my own, for theirs.
Sounds crazy, right? Why would you die for people you don’t even know?
Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact… that is what police officers are doing every single day?
I am a United States Marine. I know what brotherhood is.
Even though these men are not Marines, they know what it is like to serve their country, their community, and the ones they love… and for that they are my brothers. I will stand watch over them, they way they stand watch over me.
Enjoy your dinner, Blue. Green has your 6.”
Selflessly protecting his brothers in service from harm, he decided that he would die for them, right then and there if necessary. He understands, better than most that our police officers risk their lives every day.
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