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The Police Wife Life, An Urgent Cry For The Support of Law Enforcement Officers, by Melissa Littles

Updated on January 27, 2011

As I write this, it is Monday, January 24, 2011. In the past twenty-four hours, eleven police officers across the United States have been shot in the line of duty, three of whom lost their lives.

In fact, before I could finish this article, two more officers were gunned down in the line of duty bringing the total of officers shot in 24 hours to thirteen. Just days after two officers were killed in a shootout with a suspect in Miami-Dade, FL., two more officers in St. Petersburg were shot and killed. Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Offcr. Jeffrey Yaslowitz were shot and killed on the morning of January 24, 2011. Sergeant Baitinger had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife. Officer Yaslowitz had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Four Detroit police officers, including a commander, were shot Sunday, January 23, 2011, inside a station in the department's Northwest District. Commander Brian Davis suffered the most serious injuries. He was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Officer David Anderson, Sgt. Ray Saati and Sgt. Carrie Shultz were the others shot. They were all taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, treated and have been released. Police said Saati was grazed by a bullet to his face, and Shultz was shot in her vest, which stopped the bullet.

In Washington, two Kitsap County deputies were wounded in a shooting Sunday, January 23rd in the parking lot of the Port Orchard Wal-Mart store.

On January 9, 2011, Officer William Torbit was accidentally shot and killed by uniformed police officers after responding to a fight at a Baltimore, MD, nightclub. Officer Torbit, who was in plainclothes, began breaking up a fight between several females. As he broke up the fight he was attacked by a group of men. At some point during the struggle with the males, Officer Torbit drew his service weapon. Responding officers, not realizing Officer Torbit was a police officer, shot and killed him. A second officer was shot and wounded in the foot during the melee. Officer Torbit had served with the Baltimore City Police Department for eight years.

On January 20, 2011, Miami-Dade officers Roger Castillo and Amanda Haworth were killed while trying to serve a warrant on a violent fugitive. Detective Haworth had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 23 years. She is survived by her teenage son. Detective Castillo had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for 21 years.

On Saturday, January 1st, Deputy Sheriff Suzanne Hopper was shot and killed after responding to a call of a window being shot out at a trailer park in Enon. A standoff ensued in which another police officer from the German Township Police Department was wounded.
Deputy Hopper is survived by her husband, two children, and two stepchildren.

Ranier, Oregon, January 5th, Police Chief Ralph Painter was shot and killed after responding to a local car stereo shop in which a man was attempting to take a car that did not belong to him. Chief Painter is survived by a wife and seven children.

Lakewood, NJ, January 14th, 27yr old Officer Christopher Matlosz was on patrol when he stopped his patrol car to speak with a man walking along the road. As they spoke, the male took one step back, drew a handgun and shot Officer Matlosz three times, killing him.

Livonia, MI, January 17th, Officer Larry Nehasil was shot and killed in Walled Lake while conducting surveillance on two suspects wanted in connection with several burglaries and home invasion robberies. As a suspect fled out of the back of the building, Officer Nehasil pursued chase and was shot and killed. He is survived by his wife and two children.

As I mentioned already, we are only TWENTY-FOUR days into 2011. Our Police Officers are being gunned downed at an increasingly alarming rate. Fourteen officers and a K-9 dead in twenty four days. Thirteen officers shot in a mere twenty four hours.

HALF of the ENTIRE police force of Camden NJ was laid off in January. HALF of an entire force. Police departments across the US are laying off our officers due to budget cuts, or forcing our already underpaid officers to choose to take a pay cut in order to save their partner's job, while at the same time repeat offenders are being released back into the population over and over again to save on expenses in our prisons. How can it be more important to save money by allowing repeat offenders out of prison to commit more crimes and murder the officers who try to stop them than it is to keep officers on our streets?

There is no disputing that the mass majority of officers in this country who are gunned downed in the line of duty DO NOT LOSE THEIR LIVES TO FIRST TIME OFFENDERS. In fact, most of our officers who are injured or killed by gunfire fall at the hands of repeat offenders and parolees.

There seems to be a lack of awareness, or perhaps it is complacency, either way, how is it that we can get to a point in America where thirteen officers, who have spent their careers serving and protecting their communities can fall in a twenty four hour period, three fatally wounded, and not every flag be at half mast across the US? How is it that a total of FOURTEEN officers are dead before the end of the first month of the year and the entire country is not reeling and rallying together for our officers? How can there be headlines and comments across the US which merely say "just another sad day for Law Enforcement"? It is beyond sad. It is a gross injustice and it IS PREVENTABLE.

How can I say we can protect our Law Enforcement Officers from the risks of the job, the risks they sign up for, the risks they head into each and every shift? By removing the repeat offenders who are murdering the mass majority of our officers. And, by making it a mandatory life sentence to anyone who shoots or murders a police officer. The justice system is failing our officers by releasing VIOLENT criminals, allowing bond to be an option after an arrest for a crime against an officer, allowing partially served sentences for those convicted of assaulting or injuring an officer, justifying early releases due to overcrowding and not amending laws to protect our officers from repeat offenders. These officers are there to protect and serve. They willingly head off into unknown danger each and every shift, and they are faced with the knowledge that there are many who will be after them, purposely on a mission to take out an officer, as in Detroit this week and in a Lakewood coffee shop last year. These officers who work for little pay and under constant scrutiny from the public are walking targets with bull's eyes on their backs. Let me remind you, those officers are husbands, they are our fathers, our sons, our daughters, our mothers, our sisters and their fellow officer's partner. They have families at home, they have babies on the way, they have lives and loves and are human beings. They are being gunned down, murdered, slain inside their own police stations, killed on the side of the road in routine traffic stops, executed while sitting in their patrol cars filling out paperwork.

And yes, there are those who hate the police, who have been done wrong by a bad cop, who have seen and experienced the bad side of the police force which does exist. That is, in comparison, a minuscule minority of all police officers. There is good and bad in all professions. There is no excuse for allowing an extremely small percent of corrupt officers to influence America's perception that the murdering of our officers at the rate of one every other day is "just another sad day in law enforcement", an expected risk, a justifiable number under any circumstance.

An awareness needs to be brought back to the citizens of the United States. An awakening as to the need to support our Law Enforcement Officers, to recognize everything they face for each and every one of us on a daily basis. We need to remember all the things they are there for, all the things they do to protect, to serve, to help, to mentor, to volunteer. Police Officers are on duty for every single American (and non-legal residents) twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Regardless of your income, your race, your social status, your neighborhood, your occupation, if you dial 911, they will come. They will help a prostitute get away from their pimp as quickly as they will help a doctor in a Porsche change a flat tire. They will walk into a domestic call to save you from your abuser just as quickly as they will help a young child who is lost in a store. They will approach a known convicts home to serve a warrant as quickly as they will stop to help you with directions. They are not there to selectively protect and serve, they are THERE. They are our Police Officers. They are our protectors. There is no other number to call. There is NO ONE else to answer that duty. You cannot call your Mayor or Governor or Senator to help you in a crisis, but you can call a Police Officer. Each and every one of us need to call our Mayor and Governor and Senator's and DEMAND that full, stiff, long sentences be mandatory to first time offenders who assault an officer and at least a life sentence be mandatory for those who murder an officer.

It is becoming a "normal" view of Law Enforcement to hear of another officer down each day. It is becoming "just another day" in the life of an officer to lose a partner. It is becoming "just a risk" that a wife will not see her husband, a child will not see their father, a mother will never kiss their children again. It HAS become a sad fact that any officer down is considered merely a statistic.

I call on each of you who read this to take action, even if it is within yourself, to remember what our officers mean to this country, to remember why we are allowed the luxury of peace on our streets and ask yourself where you would be without them. Then try to realize that an officer's family lives each day asking ourselves where we will be if they do not come home.

I love my husband. I don't want a life without him. I certainly don't want to lose him to someone who should be behind bars to begin with. The girls need their father. My son needs his Daddy. I need everyone to know he is not just an officer, but he will always be a Police Officer to you before he is afforded the option to come home to me.

Please pray for the families who have lost their loved ones this January, and to those who are at their bedsides praying for a chance to bring them home.

Be grateful for our Officers.


And another Officer down.

January 26, 2011. Indianapolis, Indiana. 29yr. old Officer David Moore succumbed to gunshot wounds suffered on 1/24/11.As Officer Moore approached the car at approximately 9:00 am, he was shot four times by the driver who fled the scene. A 60-year-old parolee has been arrested in connection with the crime. Officer Moore had served with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for six years. He is survived by his parents. His mother currently serves as a sergeant and his father retired as a lieutenant with the department.


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      Gary Malmberg 2 years ago from Concon, Chile

      As a retired officer, brother to another, uncle to yet another, and like family to so many more, your words hit home in a special way. My best to your family.

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      Ginsana 5 years ago from Colorado

      As a dispatcher I know the real dangers, as a wife a police officer I fear the unknown. Thank you for the article and I wish that every one blue makes it home to their families!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I suspect this applies to police officer husbands as well. Voting this Up and Useful and linking it to my police officer job hub.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      The fact that this many officers are dying and nothing much is changing is absurd and terrible. It's just plain insanity to be killing each other like this. The system is just set-up wrong and problems aren't solved, they are just temporarily disabled.

      All the best.

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      AshleyG. 6 years ago

      I am the wife of a police officer and on December 30, 2010 a gunman fired 5 shots at his police station and squad cars outside the station in Bryan, Ohio. 2 rounds went through the doors into the station where officers were getting ready to start their shifts. The officers responded asking him to drop his weapons ( an assult rifle) and he then fired shots at the officers and they returned fire injuring him and getting his weapons away. The officers and dispatch that was on station at the time the shots were fired all were unharmed. Thank GOD! But this being a small city we never guessed we would have seen a day where our law enforcement was under attack like this. It's so sad that the very people these officers would protect at all costs would turn their backs on them. I pray that each officer gets to go home each night to their families.

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      Melissa VL 6 years ago

      Thank you for writing this!

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      Audrey Selig 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Your article is well written and.researched. What is happening in the US? Thanks for sharing I live in Ok City I will look for your other hubs.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Do they not realize that laying these officers off it is putting the other officers lives in danger.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great hub. I am so glad you bring this awareness out. We all need to share your hub. I will share and I ask everyone else who sees this to share it so we can change this issue.

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks for this Melissa. It really made me stop and think and on top of that is a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to the people who keep us safe.

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      i love my police officer 6 years ago

      all my prays goes out to good police officers and their familys

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      Lubowa 6 years ago from Uganda

      This is an owesome and original hub. Mellisa, you have done a wonderful job of documenting what really goes on in our societies.

      Many of these really go un noticed because they are not given attention. But these are people who are important in society and the people (Kids and wife) they live behind need attention and care.

      I have always advocated that police officers, teachers and doctors be given a higher pay. But they are always the ones facing job cuts. My teachers and doctors are better off than our police officers in terms of pay. But they all do a wonderful job and need to be honored.

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      Mike Aragon Jr. 6 years ago

      Good article

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      Frances Lynn Sellers 6 years ago

      Thanks for writng an article that helps us all to remember what these young men give up to PROTECT our homes & families. I have three police officers in my family & all three are my nephews, two work out of Las Vegas-one is a Homicide Detective & the other is a Sargeant, my other nephew lives in South Carolina & is a Deputy Sheriff in Darlington County. I Love these young men with all of my heart & their wives & their children also, they have a huge piece of my heart & my undying gratitude for what they are trying to preserve. Thanks, Jason, Shane & Michael for all you do!!

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      Matilda 6 years ago

      Thanks Melissa for this beautiful observations about the risk our husbands take to serve the public - protecting property and persons.

      You may not know it but the same treatment is given to them all over the world. They are hated by men of the underworld. They look upon them as intruders into their businesses - from drug dealers, money doublers, thieves, rapists, and just name every evil.

      Luckily, our husbands are so courageous and will not step down. These guys are cowards. They cannot withstand our husbands. We pray for our husbands to continue with these goods works for without them crime will overshadow the world and the world will not be a safe place to live in.

      I will sing to them eventhough we are aware of the danger facing us and family:

      COURAGE BROTHERS DO NOT STUMBLE, THOUGH THY PATH BE DARK AS NIGHT, THERE IS A WAY TO BLESS THE HUMBLE, TRUST IN GOD AND DO THE RIGHT. God is always on our side. This is the job you have to do. God bless you and your families.

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      Raul 6 years ago

      It suggested I read this article by a very good police officer and trainer. He was correct, the article is awsome, though I believe it sings to the Choir. What is needed, and will do so, is to forward this to my state representatives and those elected from my state to Washington. This article needs to go outside of the LE Community and I will do what I can to get it that community. A leo to many is like the spare tire in the trunk or beneath the vehicle we drive. We never check on it until it is needed and then we find that it has gone flat or is unserviceable. What I mean by checking that 'spare' is acknowledge the LEO's in our community, support the efforts of the agencies, the LEO's and the families of the LEO's when in need. There are many LEO's who qualify for food stamp assistance. It is such a shame that we pay more for someone to unplug our toilet than we pay someone to protect and serve or educate our children. Keep up the writing!

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      Elizabeth 6 years ago

      As the Mother of a police officer and the grandmother of his little boy I am saddened by the tragic loss of our officers. My son lost his good friend, another officer, while doing drunk patrol at a stupid football game. I am both deeply saddened at the loss of our officers and constantly fearful for my son. This job is never "routine" but it is amazing how many officers are lost doing their "normal" job. I want to protect rights under our constitution but I do feel we need to really toughen up the legal system ...look what happened in Cheshire Ct. from released offenders - the Petit family members were innocent victims too. We ALL need protection from the scum out there - The police officers are the ones standing between us and them!

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      MattCVPD 6 years ago

      Thank you for writing from the heart. I'm a police officer in southern California and I know that my wife feels the same way you do. It was hard reading the last couple of paragraphs. Please Pray for Officer Moore and his family. He past away this morning from gun shot wounds he suffered over the weekend. God bless

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      colleen 6 years ago

      Thank you that was awesome,my husband did 20 yrs in nyc and now is on st lucie countie sheriffs in fla. And I now have my 19 year old son in the police academy and my father who was shot and killed in 1974 as a police officer in nj, so I know what these poor families feel goyd bless us all

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      Aleesha  6 years ago

      Thank you for voicing what so many of us Police Spouses feel to our core! :) May God put a veil of protection around all of our Officers and their families and open the eyes and hearts of our communities.

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      Vickie 6 years ago

      Thank you for the very touching article. My niece is a police officer in Grandview,MO, and she has two daughters. I could not imagine my great-nieces living the rest of their lives without their mother. I don't know what it is going to take for this country to do something to protect our officers from the repeat criminals and just plain meanness out there. I just wanted you to know that I appeciate everything the police officers do to protect me and my family. God bless to the families who have lost a loved one. My heart truly hurts for them.

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      Lacy 6 years ago

      Thank you for writing this!! I worry everyday that my husband may not come home and my girls need their daddy!!

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      earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      It's the same scenario here in the Philippines. Some people don't respect police authority at all. Thanks for sharing, Melissa.

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Thank you for your wonderful article, and informing people of the grave situation law enforcement faces. I am a policeman's wife and an officer myself. We haven't had raises in 4 yrs, not even cost of living. Our department has not laid off but were thinking of it. Being a police officer is such a hard job, and I am not talking back breaking labor. I am talking emotional/physical tolls we have to endure. We are disliked by most of the public but then needed by the people that dislike us. I can not publically be proud of my profession for fear I will be shot, harrassed, or my property damaged. I am tired of articles about someone being shot by police and then the officers getting disgraced by the public. We chose a profession where we risk our lives, yes, but it doesn't not mean we have give up our lives for someone who may harm us.

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      Abizdid 6 years ago

      Thank you Melissa for this. God Bless all Police Officers and God Bless the Us of America

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      Rebecca 6 years ago

      Thanks for this. Ås a mother and wife of a LEO I have to say it makes me pissed (If I can use that word) as to all this news about LEOs being killed out there. Great Post and I'm glad to have come across this. Sharing with all I know.

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      Officers Mom 6 years ago

      Thanks for this, as a mother of an officer and a mother-in-law to another you really spoke the truth. The sleepless nights we all endure when they are out there is foreign to others who don't live this life. Will the public ever understand? I doubt it....criminals need to be treated as such and put away with no hope of harming again. Speak out and let your voices be protect those who protect us.

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      Scott Longman 6 years ago

      Many good comments.... however, all this hand-wringing does no good without cash. When this country decides to quit borrowing 2 BILLION a month for these ridiculous wars then maybe we'll be able to afford to put these criminals away. Loading up the penitentiary with the mentally ill and drug users and the illegals backs up the system and then we get the hardened criminals released to make room. Don't believe it? Go look into the California Dept. of Correction problems and you'll find exacty what I'm talking about.

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      Stephen S. 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your article Melissa. I am a 24 year old majoring in Criminal Justice. I will one day become a police officer. It's a sad thing to read about officers who are injured in the line of duty, mostly because of the lack of care, respect and integrity by the people who will be the first to call for help the moment they need something. Bless the families of the fallen, I am sure the Lord will reward them endlessly, especially compared to the way our country has rewarded them.

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      Lisa Mundell 6 years ago

      I was one of the wives who lost my loved one in the line of duty just over one year ago! I lost him to a repeat, violent offender! Thank goodness, my husband was able to return fire, killing the shooter and saving the lives of the other people in the home, in spite of ultimately losing his life! It was an unfair, unfortunate loss of a wonderful man, but he would have it no other way! He lost his life doing what he loved, serving and protecting his community and bringing offenders to justice! God Bless Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Kent Mundell E.O.W. 12/28/09

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      Don Crepeau 6 years ago

      Thank you for this article. My wife and I keep a blue light burning in our front window 24/7 to show our support for law enforcement. This is an idea we heard about from a local Radio show in Seattle. The Ron and Don show on KIRO FM. I would like to see this happen all over the country to show the Officers out there that put their lives on the line every day that this country supports them.

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      Jami Williams 6 years ago

      I am married to a 20 year Detective and the daughter of a retired officer who now puts on a different uniform an serves with our County Sheriffs Department. I have always worried about their safety, but lately this is just insane!! Something has to be done to protect these men an women who are willing to protect a total stranger! I find myself fearing for their safety on a daily basis! The thoughts we spouses usually try to put out of are minds are now first an formost in our thought!! What will I do if something happens? How will I take care of my family? How can I go on without my spouse, father,mother son, daughter,friend or loved one? We will be the ones going crazy with worry. Something has to to change to protect these men an women more in an effort to save their lives!

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      SherriVP 6 years ago

      Melissa, thank you for speaking our for the PW's. And God Bless our Police Officers. I pray they always get home safely.

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      Jlakey 6 years ago

      Thank You

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      Kwenbee 6 years ago from Delaware

      This is very timely for people in our area. We live in a very small, rural community, and it is rare to have our local law enforcement shot and killed (more often here they are killed in motor vehicle accidents). However, last year, a young officer working for the town of Georgetown, Delaware, was shot and killed, also during a routine traffic stop. What makes this timely is that the murder trial for his shooter began on Thursday and it is on the news every day.

      Officer Chad Spicer left behind a wife and three-year-old daughter who will not know the daddy who gave his life to protect the citizens of her town. My heart goes out to all law enforcement family members who must kiss their loved ones goodbye not knowing if some low life is going to keep them from coming home.

      Thanks for writing this.

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      GMS 6 years ago

      Great article, great perspective. Let's pray the attacks stop-stay safe out there-your spouses and children are looking for you to come through the door everyday!

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      MG-Savannah, Ga 6 years ago

      I am in my 36th of a year law enforcement career. I don't recall it ever being this bad. I have lost frinds in the line of duty. Since I have been here in Savannah, I have had the privelage of being an active member of an organziation that cares for the families of fallen officers. "200 Club of the Coastal Region" Within a short time after an officer is killed, with complete and total sensivity towards the family and brother and sister officers of that area, and through a coordinated effort with the chief of the agency that the officer is from; we show up at the family residence and present the spouse with a check that holds the family over through the hard times and then, take care of all educational costs for the children through college as well as many other costs during the adjustment phase. I am aware of other "Clubs": such as this in the country, but there should be one in every region of the country.

      It is challenging to set up such an organization (non-profit)but once it catches on there is no stopping the good it does.

      It is an incredible way to pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters.

      Anyone intersted in more information feel free to contact me at

      Nice Article. Well done.

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      Ashley Garza 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for writing this article. I'm so glad to hear positive words being said about our police officers / husbands. The constant ridicule gets really hard to take and hearing these words from people and knowing that there are people out there who respect them and understand what they are doing out there and how dangerous the job is. We live in a small community but there was recently in the last month a man who came into town and started opening fire on the police station and then the officers as they tried to stop them. By the grace of God none of the officers were hurt and only the man shooting was hurt. He did this in a neighborhood where people live and sleep and were going on with their lives inside their homes not knowing that at any minute a bullet could have went through the wall changing their whole world. These officers put their lives on the line to protect this community,they put themselves in the line of fire to keep them safe. They are husbands, fathers, sons , friends, etc.... but they put that second to their duties as protectors of the community and yet I still hear negative things being said about them throughout the community. It makes me angry every time I hear it I want to look those people in the face and ask if they realize that these officers would go above and beyond to protect them but instead I take a deep breath and tell myself " this is what it is to be the wife of a police officer" I really don't think I will ever understand why they are always considered the bad guy, the enemy, or the people who are just out to get you. They are TRUE AMERICAN HEROS and should be treated that way. again thanks so much I really believe that your words come from the heart of a wife who watched their husbands walk out the door into a world of crazy people knowing what could happen and praying for their safe return.

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      breishere 6 years ago

      This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for speaking out for the wives.

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      Kristen 6 years ago

      Thank you very much for that! My husband and I are both police officers and our 9 month old daughter needs us to come home safe! I don't think anyone could have summed all that up better than you!! You have definitely touched me. Everything you have said is so very true. People forget we are human too. When I respond to jobs You treat people how you would want someone to treat your family member. I really appreciate your story and we will pray for a safe tour for your husband everyday and that he comes home to you and your family safe. God bless you and your family! :)

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      Dispatcher345 6 years ago

      You have brought me to tears reading this. My Officers are my family and I love them all. I am soo thankful my Officers have been safe so far and I pray every day it stays that way.

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      KBryan 6 years ago

      Can this be sent to Every Governor of Every State in the Nation??? Please!

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      Cop in fl  6 years ago

      I am a police officer in Fl ...what does not make any sense to me is why the state spent so much money advertising their 12-20-life campaign if they fail to comply with it. The suspect in the Miami shooting had THREE armed robbery charges two of which were never filed....and why because a lawyer may not WIN THE CASE? I know that judges are immune which I agree with but to sentence a person to a year for robbery is ridiculous. Someone needs to look into these sentences and find out Why? Because for me there is no reason good enough for the families of the fallen officers. I agree there should be a mandatory death penalty. This is gotten way out of control and something needs to be done!

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      Kimberly 6 years ago

      Melissa, thank you for opening eyes to a disturbing trend that seems to be getting more and more common. People don't seem to have respect for anyone these days including our beloved officers. I was fortunate that a great dispatcher protected my husband from becoming sucha statistic. We MUST, as a country, STAND up against these evil individuals who have no regard for anyone, especially a law official. Can we start a petition to Obama or to each individual city that runs departments? I want to help protect all of those who keep our families and communities safe !

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      Aimee 6 years ago

      Thank you for this. I have seen this many times today and have just shared it myself. Being the wife of an officer in Washington State, I have found it the "norm" to go to funerals for fallen officers lately. Something has got to change to help protect our officers.

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      shanna  6 years ago

      As a police offaltos wife and also a police officer myself, the attack on law enforcement is being felt across this country. It never becomes the norm to hear officer down, it never becomes norm to feel your throat drop to your stomach as bullets fly pass you. I kiss my soulmate everyday knowing that he may find his fate at the hands of a scum bag but ironically he feels the same thing when I leave for my tour of duty. God Bless us who wear the badge and also our families who stand by us!

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      Tinkerbellslove  6 years ago

      What a wonderful piece it concerns me how bad its getting, thank you for speaking out for all of The Police Officers wives.

      Im greatful for the past 10 years that every night that the garage door opens.

      From one Police Officers wife to another my deapest condolences to all of the families who have lost a loved one.

      God bless all Law Enforcement Officers, wives, children, family friends.

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      Well said! Thank you so much for writing this!

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      DebC 6 years ago

      Thank you for your words!! As a wife of a deputy, I worry about the safety of my husband. It's not so much the 'bad boys' I worry about though, it's the darn press and social media that make the environment even more deadly for our law enforcement community!

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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Nice article ..thanks for sharing

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      Jules 6 years ago

      I agree with the institution of harsher penalties for injuring an officer. However, the death penalty is barbaric and has never been an effective deterrent against (felonious) crime. We cannot expect forgiveness from God when we practice and legalize barbarism (abortion included). We essentially teach that some sins cannot be forgiven and remove a person's choice to seek forgiveness when we condone and legitimize murder. Let's lift up all law enforcement officers in prayer this month. If you're Catholic, please pray a Rosary for their safety.

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      Emily Barker 6 years ago

      Thank you Melissa for speaking out for all Police Wives. God Bless our Police Officers (our husbands and wives), and the wives or husbands at home. ~ Kuddos to you. : )

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      John 6 years ago

      There was also a Police Officer shot and wounded in Cleveland Ohio. Not one of the National Media Outlet has mentioned him once. He was shot and wounded on January 20, 2011.

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      Natalie 6 years ago

      Wow... you brought me to tears and said everything that I've been thinking for the past 5 years. Thank you...

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      Debby Fedder 6 years ago

      Yesterday Indianapolis PD also had an officer shot 4 times. He is in critical condition. He was shot during a triffic stop of a stolen vehicle.

      It is terrible what has happened in the past 24 days. I too am married to an officer and it scares me how things are getting out of control.

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      Shannon 6 years ago

      Thanks, Melissa, for speaking out on behalf of all of us police wives. I've once again passed on your article, hoping to bring awareness to what is happening to our officers, and to plead for action. Thank you for speaking for us all.