Mad for…Jeremy

Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do no have the final say.

–St. (Pope) John Paul II

Jeremy Messer is a damn fine human being. He’s a plain-spoken, wise-cracking guy with a mischievous grin. He’s the husband to a beautiful woman named Beth who is pictured with him, above. His pride and joy are his two terrific kiddos, Jake and McKayla, and they are blessed beyond all telling to have a dad who loves them as much as this guy clearly does.

At first glance, Jeremy has been known to give off a bit of a tough guy, badass vibe. That would be fake news! This guy is a teddy bear with a big, gooey heart of gold. I first met him many years ago when he was helping to coach my son Drew’s little league baseball team. His son, Jacob, and my son Drew played baseball together. Sometimes we blame Jeremy for Drew’s weak sauce throwing motion, actually. The truth is, he was AMAZING with those Skiles Test boys back in the day. Since his wife, Beth, works with my husband at Somerset CPAs, we do keep tabs on the Messer family. Both Jeremy and Beth like smiling and sarcasm, and they laugh easily. What’s not to like?

Today, as I find myself remembering Sept. 11, 2001 and all that transpired that day, I find myself nostalgic and prayerful. Also, it feels right to thank Jeremy for what he does and the way he lives his life.

Jeremy Messer is a police officer. He’s an everyday hero.

Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)


My dear friends. I don’t usually ask for favors in this little column. However, today would be a great day for you to join me in my little gratitude crusade. Do me a favor? Be intentional today. Thank a police officer, fireman, first responder, chaplain, or another awesome human who selflessly serves the rest of us, keeping us safe from harm and helping at our weakest moments. These folks take risks to secure our safety and that of our fellow citizens. I am incredibly grateful for all of them and the noble, selfless work they do for the benefit of the rest of us. America is a great country because of men and women like Jeremy. #NeverForget

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