Guarding the thin blue line
Sarah Glaze calls herself “a woman on a mission to create good out of tragedy.”
She certainly knows the tragedy part well.
The widow of slain Rusk County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dan Glaze, Sarah was the main speaker at the May 17 Marathon County Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony held at the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer. For almost three years now, she has lived the reality that all law enforcement spouses fear — that their loved one will go to work one day and not come home. Her message on the day set aside to honor the state’s fallen officers was a plea to those who man “the thin blue line” to take care of themselves and their own.
Dan Glaze had been a Rusk County officer for more than 10 years when he responded to a call on Oct. 29, 2016, of a suspicious vehicle in a rural field near Ladysmith. When he arrived, Glaze was ambushed and shot, his wife said, his death leaving her alone to raise their three children. Since then, Sarah said, she has resolved to help others in the law enforcement field cope with the everyday stress the vocation brings.
When her husband first decided to become a police officer, Sarah said she was yet unaware of the impact it would have on their lives, even before his untimely death at the age of 33. She wasn’t ready, she said, for the commitment and sacrifices the job would carry with it.
“I had no idea what we were embarking on,” she said.
Sarah recalls holidays and special occasions when she felt like she was a single mother, as her husband was out protecting the public. Even when he was home, his occupation seeped into their family lives.
“It is not a job you walk away from after every shift,” she said. “It is a lifestyle you commit to as an officer and a family.”
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