“If this flag offends you…” – Michael Morse

by Michael Morse, contributing writer

“Wilbert Mora, 27, is fighting for his life and another officer has died after responding to a call for help from a mother concerning her son’s behavior.

Officers lined up Friday at Harlem Hospital and many remained late into Saturday morning to pay their respects to fallen officer 22-year-old Jason Rivera and Mora, who was critically injured.”

The police make it possible for people like me to enjoy a night out with minimal risk of being robbed, assaulted, carjacked or murdered. They make it possible for me and people like me to leave my home for hours, days or weeks, and come home to a place that is just the way I left it. They allow me the luxury of not having to carry a gun. They let my drive my car with relative ease, not having to worry too much about drunk, stoned, unlicensed, unregistered and uninsured people with no regard for the safety of others. They do their best to keep child molesters away from my kids, and sexual predators away from my wife.

They do all of that, and I haven’t even scratched the surface.

It is imperative that each and every one of us who understands what it takes to take care of our way of life support the police any way we can, show them kindness and respect and absolutely, powerfully and, if needed, aggressively defend them from the current wave of anti-police sentiment. 

Those who are protesting the police are protesting against the people who keep this country moving toward a better life for us, our children and our future. They are protesting against us. 

So when somebody tells you the thin blue flag offends them, here’s what you do; tell the people who are hurt by this flag that it represents honor, sacrifice, loyalty and courage, and it will fly wherever those who respect it damn well please.”


Michael Morse spent 23 years as a firefighter/EMT with the Providence Fire Department before retiring in 2013 as Captain, Rescue Co. 5. He is an author of several books, most offering fellow firefighter/EMTs and the general population alike a poignant glimpse into one person’s journey through life, work and hope for the future. He is a Warwick resident.

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  1. Richard Wahlberg on January 24, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    I do support police. I have them in my extended family. A tough job by any measure. That said this flag is used as a shield to excuse any and all behavior by police. That may or may not have been it’s intent but that’s what it’s become.
    I’d rather it be a symbol less tied to the American flag which has deep meaning for me and is abused by so many.

  2. Judi Callen on January 24, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Beautifully said. I admire and respect The police they have a tough job. The world would be in chaos if it wasn’t for them. There’s so many good people on the police force they definitely outnumber the troubled ones. Let’s concentrate on them and support them. We need them I can’t even imagine the world without them.
    Who would you call if you’re in trouble?