4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
From the Book of Judges
Some things NEED to be said. Somethings about the New Orleans Police Dept and I do NOT mean about the two thirds who disappeared.
I mean about the one third who STAYED.
There has been so much finger pointing and blaming that I am afraid the true heroism of these brave men and women has been lost in the wash.
It is one thing to man your post when all Hell is breaking loose around you but when you can still count on the people on each side of you.
It is another thing entirely to STAY at your post when those on each side of you are not there when you look to each side.
Too bad we do not have a Order of the Wounded Lion in this country.
In years to come there can be no greater tribute, which could be made, than to point at one of these valiant police officers and say.
"They were on the Levee in New Orleans in '05 and they Stayed at their Post!"