Today’s Monday Motivation inspiration comes from NYPD Officer John Echel. John is not the first NYPD Officer in his family to respond during a crisis… both his parents were first responders to the 9/11 attacks.
“My mother and father were both NYPD Officers and both were first responders to the 9/11 attacks. I knew at five years old what I wanted to do with my life and that was to follow in their footsteps.”
John’s mother and father played a major role in his life. The bravery his parents showed on a day-to-day basis did not go unnoticed by John.
“What motivated me to join the NYPD were my parents. Hearing their stories everyday and visiting the precinct as a kid was unreal.”
We thank John’s parents for their courage. They have left an impression on John, which has stayed with him for a lifetime.
“I was so proud of them and hopefully one day I can make them as proud of me, as I am of them. They continue to motivate me to go to work everyday and put on the uniform.”
I imagine the range of emotions John and others on the job go through is like a roller coaster.
“This job knocks you down every now and then, but I get to work with some of the finest men and women in our city! For as many times as it feels like it is the worst day ever, there are countless great days, the funniest moments and some real rewarding times.”
The COVID-19 crisis has us all in an uneasy state. Many of us don’t know what tomorrow will bring. The complete shutdown of our state and our country is unprecedented to us. This time is especially difficult for the NYPD and First Responders.
“The work atmosphere is tough right now – we have a lot of guys getting sick. Everyone’s trying to take as many precautions as possible but at the end of the day you have to do what you have to do to get the job done. You must rely on the man/woman sitting next to you!”
On what the city is like at the moment . . .
“Working in NYC is strange. A lot of people are getting sick and there are very little people actually outside; it is unreal to see. Hopefully, this will be over soon enough.”
John has a little message for @MSTR0.
“I hope you’re staying healthy. I hope to see ya mowing down batters soon! LFGM!”
He also has a message for the rest of us. . .
“I am a diehard Mets fan. I can’t wait for the season to start to get some sense of normalcy back in the city – but for now, THERE’S WORK TO DO!”
A message from Marcus:
“Hey Man, thank you for all that you’re doing. You and your fellow officers have a thankless job, but your courage is needed by so many of us. I know we will get through this because we have first responders like you leading the way. See you at Citi Field soon! LFGM!”
John, we thank you for your commitment to making our city safe. We thank you and all of your fellow police officers!! WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
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