Thursday, May 1, 2014

Social Media While Being A Deputy Wife

Do you have that one person in your town that will tweet out information that they hear on the local police scanners? We do. I actually love this guy. He keeps me in the, " know" and I can honestly say that I get on twitter directly more than once a day to read his feed. I assume this reading also helps me cope with missing being within Law Enforcement myself and getting to know all sorts of things. Although, it is human nature to be nosey and that is just what I am 99% of the time.

But...

On Friday Curtis was in a pretty intense situation early in the morning hours. This situation could have been dramatically different and even life threatening for Curtis. I found out on this day that I am not a lover of twitter and local media when it comes to being a Wife of an Officer. Within minutes of this incident, it was already published for all to see in the twitter world. In no time later, Curtis' name and department was published as well.

Can you imagine the phone calls and text messages that I started receiving soon after?

Thankfully, Curtis and I share a certain level of communication when it comes to his calls and the serious situations that he may come across. {In saying that, I also want to remind you that there are several couples who may not share these things.} I have received phone calls before from Curtis letting me know that he was going to a serious call, and to let us know that he loves us. Even though I get a hole within my stomach during the time of not hearing from him. It makes me feel comfortable knowing, as well as being able to sit down and say several prayers for him and the others involved. On Friday this situation was very unexpected and no one could of been prepared for it, just like so many other situations officers experiences regularly.

I know that we should try to never think of the, "what if" scenarios. But honestly, I cannot help but to think how heart breaking it would be to find out my Husband had been injured, or worse by social media. I know there are Army Wives or even civilian wives that this has happened to and it makes me sick for them. I know we cannot keep media from publishing things, but I can ask that our media or even everyone for that matter be a little cautious on what they share and when they share it.

In closing.

I will say that I love you Joe Imel but you scare the hell out of me with your knowledge you share to our citizens.

I also want to thank everyone that has called to check on Curtis, shook his hand and gave him a pat on the back. It really has humbled me at the support he has been given and the amount of love shown for our local law enforcement officers. I could not be anymore proud to be his Wife.

2 comments:

Louisiana Bride said...

When I was teaching two years ago one of my student's father died in a motorcycle accident. At the time his daughters we playing at a friends house and his wife was in New Orleans for the day. She found out her husband died before the police had a chance to get to her, simply because the local news posted it on their site and her cell phone got alerts from them. There was even a photo of the wreck.

I honestly can't imagine finding out that kind of information from social media or the internet.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

I'm so glad he's okay. XOXO

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