He is telling me he is praying for my husband because he remembered he was on the fire department. He wants to know if he is helping people. I am reassuring him that he is helping more than he knows. I am telling him how much he is loved and how beautiful his wife is. He told me she is very nice and how he hates to see her cry.
This man makes me laugh and cry in the same conversation. The fact that I am currently having a conversation with Dave is a Miracle. The fact that he was one of the first guests on our show is a honor, a true gift from God himself.
Dave is not supposed to be with us today. He isn't. He is a medical miracle. He leaves some scratching their heads. Isn't it great when God does that? The truth is that Dave's purpose on this planet is not done. Dave and Kim's love story is not complete. True love stories are rare today, but we have got one here ladies and gentleman.
Kim has stood beside her husband through better and now for worse. She adores him. You see it in her eyes. She will not leave the man behind. She fights for the man she loves and for the men and women he loves. Her days are not easy and some days are filled with tears. But, she hangs in there, true to her vow and her heart. She will not leave him in a home or some place where strangers would care for him. In his condition, he may or may not realize it if she did. She would. She would know her heart was somewhere else. She said, " I know his ways. I know his fears and I know best how to care for him. I made a vow for better or for worse."
Dave fights in his way for police officers and Kim fights for Dave. Who fights for Kim? Guess it is our turn. Right? This is what family is about and we are all a part of one big family called humanity. I challenge you Memphians. Stand up! Tell your elected officials you stand for Kim and other people that they are sending into poverty. Her husband spent his life serving this city and the thanks he gets is for him and Kim to have to sell their home. She reminds me constantly that she isn't the only one hurting by this. She is right she isn't. Stand up for us! Stand up for all of us dealt this awful blow by your city council and Mayor.
The sad part is that you will be given excuse after excuse as to why the money isn't there. These are lies. Flat out lies. They find money for pet projects and PILOTS. Do you know that I sat in council meeting where we gave the rent money Bass Pro Shop gave us BACK to Bass Pro? Really? I will not visit Bass Pro downtown. I was insulted. They can't find the money huh? Right. The correct statement is THEY WILL NOT FIND THE MONEY! Open your eyes Memphians before it is too late. Claim your city. Make your officials do the right thing. We are people. Dave and Kim are wonderful people, Kathy and Russell, Chett and Sherrie, Scotty and Fran, Brad and Heather, Sean and Amber, Kathy and Eric, this list goes on and on. We are people. We are not numbers or bottoms lines. We are living breathing people who are just wanting to be heard and we just want what as earned for a life well lived full of service to your city.
They have fed you things like "many of them don't live in Memphis, so they aren't paying taxes." For one, not true, I don't know many of us that don't spend money in Memphis. I spend MOST of my money in Memphis. We provide LOTS of sales tax revenue. If all of us from the municipalities and outside of Memphis truly stopped spending money in Memphis, what a sad day that would be for them.
Let me leave you with this. Mayor Wharton and many others know Lt. Dave Booker personally. The Mayor has given him awards. The mayor has spoken about this man with respect and honor. His actions have thrown him out like trash. If he will do this to someone he respects, what will he do to the countless, nameless Memphians? Something to think about.
Stand for Kim