The shooting of SGT Gale Stauffer and Joseph Maher influenced me greatly on a personal level. Being an officer in the same county as them we have came into contact with each other several times over the years and I knew them both. On the day it happened I was on my way to work an off duty job at the mall and had my 911 radio with me. I heard the call go out advising of the bank robbery and also the vehicle description. I heard Stauffer and Maher sign out with the vehicle matching the description, then nothing, till someone keyed up on the radio and called out officer down. At that time no one knew of an exact direction of travel or even an accurate vehicle description. I felt as I was kicked in the stomach and cold chills went all over my body feeling numb as I drove on into work knowing that I was not able to help track down the person or persons that committed this horrible act. As a law enforcement officer I am trained to serve and protect and that day, I felt helpless because I could not fulfill my duties and protect both officers from harm.
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...ng targeted because of my uniform. I would have never thought in nineteen years of my law enforcement career that I would targeted for just wearing my uniform. Although, there is no motive released in the Texas shooting it seems this was a hate crime. The officer was shot execution-style so he never knew it was coming. This shooting hits home because of what happened in our own community.
These three events have impacted me greatly in everyday life, to live life to the fullest and to end the day without regrets. My prayer is one day our nation will bring this hate on police officers to a halt and go back to looking to us for help and protection. We are here to serve and protect. We have families at home too. We also live your normal everyday life outside our careers just like every other individual. As a nation, we must come together and love one another.
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