End of Watch

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Yesterday brought the news that for the second time in less than two weeks police officers this time in Baton Rouge Louisiana, had been targeted by deliberate, hostile gunfire. Three officers were killed, three were wounded, one in critical condition.

Scott Erickson a former police officer had this to say,

“Having spent over 18 years in law enforcement, the recent attacks on law enforcement officers cause me understandable grief and concern. But it also raises further questions as to just how the modern-day police officer will be able to cope — and function — in the coming days, weeks, and months. 

Being a police officer is already hard work. It’s dangerous and thankless. For most officers, though, it’s a calling — a desire to serve one’s community. 

But given recent events, what once could be thought of as “routine” in police work must now be considered potentially extraordinary. 

What feelings must resonate within the patrolman who is responding to a call of domestic violence or simple larceny? Am I the next target? Is this really a routine call for service or is it an ambush?

No longer can the patrolman simply worry about the reported crime itself but rather he or she must approach these events as though they are potentially walking into the next Dallas or Baton Rouge. 

And that is no way to function as a police officer. The stress, strain, and uncertainty would be unbearable. 

Officers being ambushed by criminals is nothing new. America saw it up close and personal on December 20, 2014 when NYPD officers Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in their patrol vehicle during the height of anti-police sentiment in the wake of the death of Eric Garner. 

But today feels different. 

What we are experiencing right now no longer feels isolated. It no longer feels extraordinary. Sadly, this extreme violence against our men and women in blue is beginning to feel routine.

And that is particularly frightening.

Our society cannot operate — cannot function — when we normalize this type of violence against the very people dedicated and tasked with upholding the rule of law. 

No matter your background, political leanings, or your broader ideology, every single American must collectively stand up and say enough is enough. 

Mr. Erickson is right.

It is time to show our support law enforcement and be vocal about our support. It is time to pray for the safety of those who rush to the danger not away from it. And so that we do not just view these brave men and women as names and statistics, I have provided the names and photos of those who have lost their lives in 2016 alone to hostile gunfire. They are grandfathers, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends. Many had served in our military to protect our freedom. As you read through the list think about those in your city and community who go out every day to protect and serve. And pray for them and for our nation……

Corporal Montrell Jackson | Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Corporal Montrell Jackson-Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola | East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola-East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana

 

Police Officer Matthew Gerald | Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Police Officer Matthew Gerald-Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

Police Officer Douglas Scott Barney, II. | Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

End of watch-January 17th 2016

Douglas Scott Barney, II.-Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah

 

Police Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. | Danville Police Department, Ohio

End of watch-January 17th 2016

Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. -Danville Police Department, Ohio

Sergeant Jason Goodding | Seaside Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Friday, February 5, 2016

Sergeant Jason Gooding- Seaside  Police Department, Oregon

 

Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer | Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch: Monday, February 8, 2016

Deputy Sheriff  Derek Geer-Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado

Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon | Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon-Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland

Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey | Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey- Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland

Major Gregory E. Barney | Riverdale Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Major Gregory E. Barney- Riverdale Police Department, Georgia

 

Police Officer Jason Moszer | Fargo Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Police Officer JasonMoszer- Police Department, North Dakota

Special Agent Lee Tartt | Mississippi Department of Public Safety - Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

End of Watch: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Special Agent Lee Tartt- Mississippi Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi

Corporal Nate Carrigan | Park County Sheriff's Office, Colorado
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Corporal Nate Carrigan- Park County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado

 

Officer Ashley Marie Guindon | Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Officer Ashley Marie Guindon-Prince William County Police Department, Virginia

 

Police Officer David Stefan Hofer | Euless Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Police Officer David Stefan Hofer- Euless Police Department, Texas

Police Officer I Jacai D. Colson | Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2016

Police Officer I Jacai D. Colson- Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland

Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs | Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, March 18, 2016

Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs- Greenville Police Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz | Howard County Sheriff's Office, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz-Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana

Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer | Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer- Virginia State Police, Virginia

Police Officer Steven Michael Smith | Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Police Officer Steven Michael Smith-Columbus Division of Police, Ohio

Detective Brad D. Lancaster | Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch: Monday, May 9, 2016

Detective Brad D. Lancaster-Kansas City Police Department, Kansas

Police Officer David Van Glasser | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Police Officer David Van Glasser-Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr. | Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.-Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts
Agent Gilberto Colón-Leon | Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
End of Watch: Monday, June 13, 2016
Agent Gilberto Colón-Leon-Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Deputy Sheriff David Francis Michel, Jr. | Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Deputy Sheriff-David Francis Michel, Jr.Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana

Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens | Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens-Dallas Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol | Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol-Dallas Police Department, Texas
Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith | Dallas Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith-Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa | Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa-Dallas Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson | Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson-Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas

Statistics compliments of “Officer Down Memorial Page” http://www.odmp.org

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