United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joseph Cadena is no stranger to putting his life on the line for others. As a Marine, he’s trained to do whatever it takes to keep our fellow American safe from harm, both domestic and abroad.
So when Lance Corporal Cadena saw two police officers from Fort Worth, Texas enjoying a quick bite to eat while on-shift, he knew exactly what to do.
Lance Corporal Cadena shared the experience for the world to see on his Facebook page.
“Tonight I ate dinner behind two Fort Worth police officers, but let me tell you why it was important.
Friday night, [which was] four days ago, two of their brothers were shot and hospitalized. Then two months ago, five officers from the next-largest department, a county over (Dallas PD) were assassinated.
Tonight I sat behind these officers on purpose, I positioned myself between them and the door. I sat and ate my dinner, while they laughed and joked and enjoyed their time with each other (I felt the need to include that because some forget that police officers are normal people just like you and me).
I sat there silently after I finished my meal, and continued to watch both exits, while they ate, I did not leave until after they left.”
“Silently watching their 6. I was unarmed, however in the event that anyone would try to take their life, I would have been more than ready to sacrifice my own, for theirs.
Sounds crazy, right? Why would you die for people you don’t even know?
Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact… that is what police officers are doing every single day?
I am a United States Marine. I know what brotherhood is.
Even though these men are not Marines, they know what it is like to serve their country, their community, and the ones they love… and for that they are my brothers. I will stand watch over them, they way they stand watch over me.
Enjoy your dinner, Blue. Green has your 6.”
Lance Corporal Cadena knew that he had to protect his brothers in service from harm, and decided right then and there to die for them if need be. Our police officers put their lives at risk every day, and he understands that better than most!