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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Friday, August 19, 2005

Two APD Officers Killed

Two Albuquerque officers were killed in the line of duty last night. Their names have not been released but preliminary reports indicate they were both seasoned officers with twenty years of experience each. According to news reports, the man alleged to have shot the officers was being picked up on the request of a Medical Doctor because the man was mentally ill. It appears the police have a suspect in custody.

Every day police officers report for duty, the reality is they may never come home and they know that. Yesterday, the worst tragedy that could happen to the family of a police officer has visited two homes in Albuquerque.

My prayers go out for the officers, their families and all other police who put their lives on the line every day. Being a police officer is a tough job but, they all do it because they want to and they all know the risks. They show up for work anyway. They do it knowing that they may have to pay the ultimate price because to have such a job is a privilege and an honor.

May these officers' deaths serve as a reminder of the solemn duty conferred upon police to uphold the law with integrity. May we all appreciate the grave responsibility that police officers have as they patrol our streets and keep vigil over us all. In honoring their sacrifice this way, we acknowledge these two officers have not died in vain.


At Fri Aug 19, 09:37:00 PM MDT, Blogger johnny_mango said...

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to you and your brother officers...both active and retired. Their deaths affect all of us. But hopefully it will be their lives that we remember more.
Jon Knudsen

At Fri Aug 19, 10:43:00 PM MDT, Blogger Beaver said...

We often rant about police officers and how they abuse the power granted to them. Because they apply law, some citizens do not see them as the most pleasant people to be around (I mean, who likes to be pulled over ?).

We seldom pay tribute to their courage and the hard work they do daily on the streets. Nevertheless, they are a vital pillar of society as we know it.

Please accept both my sympathies and my thanks.


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