Having served in New York shortly after the 9/11 disaster, Lovin knows firsthand of the ordeals of law enforcement families.
“When I served, I saw New York at its finest and its worst. I served with a lot of fine officers from the 20th and 6th precincts. Then I went back in December and we took memorial statutes for those killed in the line of duty. It really meant a lot to those families and to those officers,” Lovin said, noting he will wear a black patch on a badge at the national ceremony in honor of fallen law and fire personnel.
“New York was life-changing for everyone who served there, that’s for sure,” Lovin said. “I have made five trips total. I did the memorial service there in 2002 at the 20th precinct, and I was there in 2003 and 2004 for the anniversary dates. How will this trip stack up to those? I don’t think I can answer that until I get back. I know this: Anybody who has ever been there, whether in uniform or not, if they’re not crying, something is wrong.”