By NAR 2015 President Chris Polychron
A year and-a-half ago, the untimely death of Realtor® Beverly Carter brought home to me that a person’s livelihood as a Realtor® should not put them in mortal danger.
As 2015 President of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), I made the safety of Realtors® a priority. Since then, the Realtor® community has come together to increase job safety for real estate professionals.
I also sought to express gratitude to our nation’s police officers for their contribution toward keeping our neighborhoods safe. During the 2015 Realtors® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, NAR honored police officers and made a donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
This week, we’ve witnessed the terrible shooting of three Virginia police officers and the death of 28-year-old Ashley Guindon the day after she was sworn in for duty. Ashley bravely entered a domestic dispute situation because there was a child in the house. Her decision was fatal, reminding us that many special people willingly put themselves in harm’s way to ensure our safety.
During her funeral service Prince William County Police Chief Stephan Hudson said that she lived and died for the service that meant so much to her. He said, “That was her desire; to serve, to be involved in the things that mattered, to give her life to something worth giving it to. And that’s exactly what she did.”
Her short life sets a truly inspiring example. We, at NAR, would like to express our deepest appreciation to Ashley and her fellow officers for their service. Our sympathy and our prayers go out to the families, the survivors, and all those impacted by this tragedy.
NAR will continue working diligently to make sure members have the information and training they need to stay safe on the job.
Nothing in life is certain, but those who dedicate themselves to serving their communities, whether by opening the door to homeownership or protecting our neighborhoods, will know the satisfaction that comes from giving their lives to something worthwhile.