The country music icon released a video for his 2019 hit The Weight of the Badge on Thursday, which begins with a scene showing police officers hoisting the U.S. flag in front of the New York State Police Academy.
“You have people going out and doing work to defend their communities, and you know that each of these cops you know in your mind – one of them might not go home,” the cop says at the beginning of the video before the music starts.
“And we’ve seen that – I’ve seen it – throughout our careers,” the officer continues. “It seems to me that here, locally, where the cop didn’t go home. They kissed their loved ones goodbye and that was the last time they saw them. “
“And sometimes I think we’re not aware of the impact this service has had on our families, let alone on us,” the police officer added. “It’s a heavy weight. It’s a heavy weight badge.”
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The lyrics of the song paint a picture of the sacrificial officers they encounter every time they go on duty:
“It will be a long, another cemetery shift as he says goodbye to his wife and children. He lived his life just like his father, he drove under the weight of a badge. ”
The song shows respect to police officers and those who have “sworn to guard and serve,” and shows a montage of various pictures and videos featuring police officers and firefighters and their families.
The video also features interviews with family members of police officers, one who admits that the husband sticks “for a few extra seconds” when he goes to work because he knows that everything is a “possibility” at work.
In 2017 George Strait combined with a police officer to comfort a dying girl in West Texas. The iconic country singer responded to a request from Officer Fort Worth to comfort a young girl who adored his music.