Celebrity stories go viral. The Royal Wedding went viral. Bad news goes viral. Many of those stories don’t deserve our time. They don’t deserve to be shared. They don’t deserve to go viral. Amy Caprio’s story is one that actually deserves to go viral!
For four years, Amy was a police officer in Baltimore County. Each day, Amy went to work to make her community a better, safer place for its residents.
This week, Amy put on her uniform, her badge, and her gun. She left her home to go to work and she never came home.
While at work, Amy was ran down by a stolen Jeep driven by a 16-year-old after she responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle. Four other teens were in the vehicle. The 16-year-old driver who hit Amy is now being charged with murder.
But this isn’t about how Amy died. This isn’t about the teens who are to be charged with murdering Amy. This is about Amy, who has been described as “smart, athletic and energetic, just the type of officer you want to hire,”a little quiet at times, but was always levelheaded, intelligent and never gave up on anything. She was also very empathetic towards everybody else she worked with and the people in the community,”She’s the person you’d call for help. She’s a person you relied on. She’s a person, when you hear she’s coming to your call, that’s who you want there. She’s compassionate. She was strong. She was Amy,””She was the best of best friends. I don’t know how she had hours in the day to be there for everybody. She just was one of those friends you just can’t imagine living without.”
This is about Amy. Her story, her legacy needs to be shared.
This is Amy. This is what needs to be shared.
Amy was a police officer in Baltimore County. Amy went to work wanting to make a difference. Amy put her uniform on every day, never second guessed it and left her family behind. She drove her police car, listened to her radio and took every call. She saw things that no human should have to. She stood proud and loved what she did. Amy never thought that her life would end.
Amy was a human. A human that deserved to live.
She has a family, a husband, a home. She had a world outside of the Kevlar, outside of the Glock, outside of the badge. She had dinner plans, weekend plans and vacation ideas. She had dreams and aspirations, AND A RIGHT TO GO HOME.
I didn’t know Amy. But I know many like her.
My husband has been a deputy for 17 years. I couldn’t tell you how many calls he’s responded to just like Amy’s last. How many times he’s approached a stranger to protect the public. How many times he’s put his life on the line. How many times our friends have done that. Honestly, I don’t even want to think about it.
But I can tell you a few other things. I can tell you what Velcro sounds like. The thump of work boots, a glock going into a holster, a badge hitting the kitchen table, what an impala sounds like coming down my court at 2am, and bullets in the dryer. (Yes, that does happen) And I can tell you the relief that some of these sounds cause. Why relief? Because I know he’s home.
We shouldn’t share the people that did this to her. We need to share her. Celebrate her. Remember her.
Amy will be laid to rest this week. I will watch my husband go through the motions. He will pull out his honor guard uniform, arrange all of his pins, make sure the ropes are perfect on his shoulder. He will shine his shoes, shine is belt, and find his hat. He will look for a new pair of white gloves, iron his dress shirt and stand tall with his brothers and sisters. Sadly, this is now the new normal for them. The final send off, the final goodbye.
As a spouse you never think about if they don’t come home. You can’t. You’ll drive yourself crazy. You live each day like it’s normal. Is it always in the back of your head? Do you have plans in case the most horrible thing happens? Yes. But you never dwell.
A few years ago we were Baltimore County. Harford County knows all too well what this is like.
I pray for her husband.