A Prayer For Officer Dornell Cousette
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

A Prayer For Officer Dornell Cousette, From The Daughter Of Another Fallen Brother In Blue

When officers are killed in the line duty, many bystanders forget to see past the badge. These are the men and women who protect our streets to keep us safe.

A Prayer For Officer Dornell Cousette, From The Daughter Of Another Fallen Brother In Blue

I want to start by shining a light on an officer who laid his life on the line. Tuscaloosa police officer Dornell Cousette breathed his last breath on the night of September 16. He was only 40 years old, with so much life left to live. He left behind two daughters and a fiancee. He was an encouraging role model for the kids in the community, an outstanding officer, and a man the pure heart to care for and protect others.

I remember going out to eat with a group of friends that Monday night. I saw in the news that Cousette had been shot and taken to the hospital. I sat there praying that he would make it through because the world does not need to lose any more earthly protectors.

Yet, hours went by before I received the call that broke my heart in two. I understood what would come next. This innocent man would be laid to rest, and his family and friends would begin the mourning of their loved one. He was brutally taken away from them doing his job. Officers families pray every day that their loved ones will return home each shift, but times like this come and it shatters hope.

The families have a missing part of their unit, but the rest of the world continues on without them.

I know this.

I have experienced this.

I had my family shattered in 2004.

My dad was killed in the line of duty, much like Cousette. Three officers, including my dad, were killed that day. I lost my dad, I lost my role model, and I lost all the experiences I could have had with him.

It broke my heart to hear that Cousette had two daughters. There are two more girls out here, in the world, that will have to finish growing without their dad. In both cases, two innocent men lost their lives, their family, their futures. They were left to live on in their loved ones' memories — but I'm sure Cousette's daughters would rather have their dad here than in a memory.

The loss of a brother, a son, a husband, a dad, a friend.

It all weighs down a person's soul.

It is like a piece of them has been ripped from their life.

When officers are killed in the line duty, many bystanders forget to see past the badge. These men are more than just their profession. These men are family, they are friends, they are the people who look forward to coming home to their families. These are the men and women who protect our streets to keep us safe. Unfortunately, this is the fourth officer killed in the state of Alabama just this year. These men and women protect our streets. Maybe, for once, we should protect them. I am calling to action our turns to keep our American heroes safe. If not for our officers, but for the families that will be affected by the loss of their loved one.

I want to close with a prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for Officer Cousette. I want to thank you for giving him the strength and courage to impact our streets. Thank you for keeping our other officers safe on the streets. I pray that our officers know they are looked over by you and your protecting hand is covering them with grace. I hope Cousette's family feels the comfort among each other at this time of trials. I hope the family is able to reflect on the good memories, instead of dwelling on the evils. I pray that the family does not feel alone, because their law enforcement family is backing them up and standing behind them. Every step of the way may be challenging, but I pray they are able to trust in your timing and guidance, Lord. I pray with my heart and all the love inside of my body that the family can feel a sense of peace. I hope they are able to see the hero officer Cousette was and is. He is watching over them in heaven. I pray they feel his presence.
Report this Content
Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

I love listening to Christmas music just as much as the next person, but when I turn on my local holiday radio station each year, it just feels repetitive. No hate to musicians like Burl Ives or Nat King Cole, but Christmas music needs an update. Personally, I'm tired of the same "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". So plug in your Christmas tree, make some hot cocoa, and listen to these amazing (and updated) holiday songs.

Keep Reading... Show less

With the holidays right around the corner, there are many things to look forward to. Time with family, friends, great food, overall seasonal joy... And now the fragrances from Jennifer Lopez.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Christmas Songs For Your Festive Playlist

I have no shame in starting to feel festive super early.


All of these songs are definitely popular. However, I have the strong opinion that having the songs on your Christmas playlist be popular is extremely important. Having everyone sing to the songs is most of the fun; it adds to the festivity of whatever you're doing.

Personally, I love to bake cookies and hum along as I cannot sing and no one should ever hear me. Whatever you do for the holidays, enjoy your festive time and the season!

Keep Reading... Show less

10​​ Songs That Made It Onto My November Playlist

Another month of finding new music during unusual times


A new month means new music! Like each month, I've collected my top 10 new songs or discoveries into a playlist. This November didn't have too many new releases, however, I did find a few and a couple of new discoveries.

Keep Reading... Show less

7 Christmas Ideas For Couples That You Can Still Do In The Middle Of A Global Pandemic

The holidays are such a fun time to celebrate with loved ones; here are a few activities to consider being a part of during this Christmas season.

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Whether it is a night in at home baking sweet Christmas themed goodies for Santa, or a night out exploring lit up neighborhoods, the holiday season should always be taken advantage of for cute activities!

Keep Reading... Show less

Every Track On Ariana Grande's 'Positions' Album Ranked

Ariana Grande has achieved major success with her new album and we're ranking every track.


Ariana Grande surprised fans in October, tweeting that her new album was being released. What followed was yet another number one peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album's title track and lead single, "Positions," also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With "Positions," Grande took a much more light-hearted approach than the confessional nature of its predecessor, "Thank U, Next." It was a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Now that the album has been out for a solid month, it's the perfect time to see how the songs rank.

Keep Reading... Show less

In the four Christmas' that I have spent with my boyfriend, I have realized one thing: boys are hard to shop for. Each year I have to rack my brain for gift ideas because when I ask my boyfriend what he wants for Christmas, he always says something along the lines of "nothing," which as a girl is hard to fathom since I literally give him a list each year before Black Friday.

After hours each year scouring the internet for the perfect Christmas gifts to get my boyfriend, I have come up with a pretty long and inclusive list. To help those girlfriends going through the same thing, I decided to put together some of the best gifts I have come across.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

10 Ways You Can Safely Enjoy The Holidays During The Pandemic

Even with a pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate.


It's almost December, which means that it's almost time for the biggest holiday season to arrive! However, it doesn't mean that COVID-19 has decided to disappear. According to the CDC, 147,840 new cases of COVID have been recorded in the last seven days.

States such as Kentucky have closed all of their restaurants, schools, and businesses until December. Some governors have started to advise caution when celebrating the holidays, too. You may be thinking, 'is there any way to really enjoy Christmas during the pandemic?' In fact, there are ways to still celebrate the holiday safely. Here are 10 ways that you can still enjoy the holiday season without canceling any of your plans.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments