From the desk of Sheriff Prummell-
Following the tragic passing of Hillsborough County’s Master Cpl. Brian LaVigne, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday, I am reminded of the old adage “Tomorrow isn’t promised.” As I have noted many times in the past, the work that we do puts our lives on the line every shift, and we are all too familiar with the pain that Hillsborough is feeling.
The idea that tomorrow isn’t promised doesn’t mean that we should live in fear or think morbidly about where we are in life. It means our actions today must mean something. It means that we need to embrace each day with the mindset that it is a new opportunity to make an impact on the world around us and on those we love.
It’s about our legacy.
With all the negativity and violence we are seeing today, the personal agendas being pushed, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment and think about your own legacy. I’m not talking about having your name on a building or having a scholarship named after you. I am talking about your proverbial footprint – the way you inspire others, raise your children, or live by your faith, making a positive imprint on the world or just in your community.
Everyone leaves their mark in a different way. We get to decide what that mark looks like through the life we live. Master Cpl. LaVigne, our own Sgt. Michael Wilson, and many more made the ultimate sacrifice in service to others. Their footprints were made on all of us, and their legacies will live on forever. May those legacies inspire us too.
What will your footprint look like?