Sad, senseless, tragic

June 30, 2010

Two Tampa police officers were killed early this morning during a traffic stop. Shot in the head. Police know who killed them and believe they are closing in on the murderer. The Tampa community is in mourning.

In the past seven weeks, five California Highway Patrol officers lost their lives in the line of duty, two in a single day.

Cops die on the job every day, I’ll bet, somewhere.

How many of us would go to work every day knowing that we could be cut down just in the course of doing our job? That’s what they do.

Cops make a difference and to do that, they put their lives on the line every single day. For us.

Police officers have a front row seat to the greatest show on earth: the circus we call life. They see it all close up: life, death, people at their worst and at their best. If they’re lucky cops see things that inspire them, but more often they see horrific things, the darkest sides of life and death.

And still, they go home to their families, they parent their children, they’re good brothers, sisters, neighbors. Then they get up in the morning and risk their lives again.

Some don’t make it to retirement.

We take this for granted.

Let’s not take these officers’ sacrifice for granted. If you know a cop or even see one on the street, this would be a good time to say thanks for all he or she does.

My heart goes out to the families of officers who have died while keeping us safe. It’s a huge loss for them, a huge loss for their colleagues and a huge loss for their communities.

RIP, officers.

One comment on “Sad, senseless, tragic
  1. Good post, Carol. God bless the folks who risk life and limb for We the People. Surely makes a person hanker for righteousness among the folks.

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