Lt. Dan Marcou
Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

Calling all police poets! PoliceOne’s poetry column highlights some of the inspirational, moving and funny poems authored by our readers.

This month’s poem by PoliceOne columnist and editorial advisory board member Lt. Dan Marcou tells the story of how a little boy’s decision to serve as a cop was aided by a Santa in blue.

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A Christmas Story: Tedd-ee from the Trunk

On Christmas a family tragedy was averted indeed, By an officer saving a mother who on heroin O-Deed. Another mother was saved from a life-threatening beating, By this officer who charged Christmas danger instead of retreating.

This officer handed each child there a bear, patting their heads And replacing their fear with a tearful smile instead. His back-up asked, “How many bears do you give away?” The answer was, “Plenty, twice that on Christmas day.”

When that officer cleared he savored the silent night, He slowed his squad to enjoy each Christmas light. He took in the beauty of the glistening snow, As his memory drifted to a Christmas long ago.

When he lay in bed frightened awakened by Pop, He woke up to screaming that just wouldn’t stop. It suddenly became quiet and as his head peeked out, something new, Santa had brought peace and Santa wore blue.

When Santa saw him he said, “Be right back, son.” Then in the twinkle of an eye Santa in blue was gone. But he returned in a flash with a bear in his arm, And asked, “Can you care for this bear and keep him from harm?”

The boy ran to Santa grabbed the bear and said he Would protect the bear always and call him Tedd-ee. As the officer reminisced he knew this to be true, That was the moment he decided to become a Santa in blue.

What a change can be made with one simple act, A life can be changed and that’s a fact. Especially on Christmas where miracles happen, and this is true, Not just by one Santa in red, but thousands who wear blue.

Because of such kindness, this cop brings Christmas to every call, When a child is endangered, frightened and still small. He first handles the danger, the abusive and the drunk. Then he brings a bit of joy to each child with a Tedd-ee from the trunk.

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