Photo: Adam and Shane search a house in the movie "Courageous."
HOUSTON, Texas –– “It was as if the writer had been in my shirt pocket for the 30 years.”
That was the reaction of Dan Ramsey, a UM Men leader and a 30-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, following the viewing of “Courageous.”
“The movie is about four law enforcement Officers and their experiences of life and the realty of what is happening in our world today,” said Ramsey. “The truth is that this movie applies to all of us and whatever your career is or was.”
“In my years in law enforcement, I saw the best and worst in people. I saw the lives of our children in good times as well as the most horrific time,” said Ramsey. “The reality of drugs, homicides, single-parent homes, and children with no parents, is something we never talked about. We grew hard to those realties. I never took those things home. We wanted to shield our families from the hurt and pain of the world.”
Ramsey said that, as the men in the movie, he also had a pivotal moment that changed his life. “I know that I could have never made it through those years without God being there to pick me up and carry me through those difficult times. To see a close friend killed in the line of duty, or a close friend suddenly die from health issues, helps you to realize how quickly life changes.”
Ramsey and his wife, Nancy, encourage men to see the film regardless of their careers. “You will be blessed and you will see people and things in this movie that will touch your heart and remind you of your world. You will cry, you will laugh, and you will think of your own lives and where God is in all of that. God bless you all.”