First he takes...the oath.

Now look at what else he takes:

He in stride when people call him pig.
He takes...time to stop and talk to children.
He takes...your verbal abuse while giving you a ticket you really deserved.
He takes...on creeps you would be afraid to look at.
He takes...time away from his family to keep you safe.
He takes...your injured child to the hospital.
He takes...a graveyard shift without complaint because it's his turn. (or cuz he's the newest guy in the dept and doesn't have an option
He takes...his life into his hands daily.
He home when your car breaks down.
He takes...time to explain why both your headlights have to work.
He takes...the job no one else wants-telling you a loved one has died.
He takes...criminals to jail.
He sights that would make you cry.
Sometimes he cries too, but he takes it anyway because someone has to.
He takes...memories to bed each night that you could not bear for even one day.
He takes...time to explain to his family why he can't make the ball game his child is in and why he has to work on the holiday when other parents are off.
Sometimes...he takes a bullet.
And yes, occasionally...he may take a free cup of coffee.
If he is lucky...he takes retirement.
Then one day, he pays for all he has taken and hopefully...God takes him.

***Written by Texas Police Officer Kendricks as a tribute to his late brother, P.O. Rodney Kendricks who died from injuries suffered in an
on-duty auto accident in Lubbock, Texas - July 2001...