Sunday, January 2, 2011

December Muster

Every month, the Ann T. Hathaway blog remembers law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty the previous month. Once again,  we must count the costs of safety and security in human life.

Each of these deaths is untimely. Each loss affects the family of the fallen, their friends, their colleagues, and their communities. They affect us all.

--David DeLaittre--Dewayne Crenshaw--Brandon Coates
--Wesley Whitmore Jr.--Bryan Terry--James Lister--
--Andrew Rameas--Cliff Rouse--Ann O'Donnell--Michael Schaefer--
--John Maguire--Chadwick LeCroy--Jillian Smith--

I learned about these officers on the Officer Down Memorial Page.


suz said...

Far too many.

Ann T. said...

Dear Suz,
Thanks for coming by to note the fallen.
Ann T.

Bob G. said...

Here's to praying we see NOWHERE NEAR the 160 (total from 2010) fallen heroes on our streets.
That's 160 too many.

Stay safe.

The Bug said...

We had one in western Ohio yesterday - she was a mother of two just beginning an investigation into shots fired. Didn't even have time to draw her weapon.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
Thank you for stopping by and giving us the overview.

I read the article you mentioned in your blog--a rise in deaths this past year of 37%; a rise in multiple deaths and "ambush" killings; and a rise in traffic deaths due to less personnel on the street and more officer fatigue.

It's time for all of us to realize our security is not free. It has never been free. It has always been paid for.

Thanks for being a friend to this blogger and furthering this effort.

Very truly yours,

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
So soon. You bring this thread the personal, and that is what this post ultimately is about--personal loss, as well as society's loss.

Thanks for noting the fallen, and coming by to make it real to us. I want to weep at the tragedy.

Hugs to you,
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

To My Readers,
Slamdunk has written a post on the death of Officer Jillian Smith of Arlington Texas, who is the last officer named in this post. It is a short but important read for all of us.

Please go take a look.
Ann T.