A fallen Phoenix police officer is being honored in a unique way.
Officer David Glasser was shot and killed in May. However, the memories shared by his loved ones are among the many indicators that he left a lasting impression.
In fact, his kind, and giving heart inspired his mother, Judy Glasser, to start the David Glasser #8144 Love You Campaign. The program aims to remind people to say “I love you” more – because you never know when it’ll be the last time.
Judy said David would say “I love you” to his fellow officers before starting his shift each day. Some people were taken aback by those three words, but it never stopped him from letting people know he cared.
“They are big bad cops with guns, and they’re all saying ‘I love you’ before they leave for their shift every single day,” Judy said.
Officer James Byrd, with the Phoenix Police Department, said some people were “weirded” out, but regardless, he never stopped.
“There were still guys that were uncomfortable, but he would still say it,” Byrd said. “That’s just the way he was.”
David knew the risks. He valued his life because he knew that there could be a chance that he may never get to tell his loved ones again just how much he cared.
The time came sooner than expected, and David was killed while responding to a burglary.
“Our experience showed us that very quickly, without any warning, a person that you love can be gone,” Judy said. “I’m trying to encourage people to spread the love because these are the people Davie died for – this community, and the people around us.”