A police officer in a neighboring city was killed last week while making backup for another officer on a routine traffic stop. The other officer pulled over a car for a minor traffic offense and was talking to the driver. As Officer Holly approached the car, a passenger in the front seat got out and shot him before he had a chance to react. As the killer fled, the original officer shot and wounded him. He's now in custody charged with first degree murder.
Officer Holly graduated a few classes ahead of me in the academy and was only 24 years old. My wife hates hearing about this kind of thing but it's a reality in this line of work and helps remind me to be extra cautious.
At his funeral service, his mother related a conversation she had with her fallen son a few months earlier. She asked him why he wanted to be a police officer when it was such a dangerous job. He replied, "Mom, I do this job so that you won't have to."
I never met Tony but when I saw the motorcade of police officers leading the funeral procession, I felt like I was watching an old friend pass by. He was known for his kindness, humor, dedication, and honor. I can't imagine the grief and anguish felt by his family and friends.
A school principal and former police officer posted a great comment in a local newspaper addressed to citizens being pulled over by police.