Another Friday night, another officer shooting incident. There were 64 officers shot and killed in the line of duty in 2016. They spanned the nation, from the Dallas 5 to Ashley Guindon the female officer shot on her first day in Virgina, to Officer Darrin Reed in Arizona, to Officer Ron Tarantino from Auburn Massachusetts, and many more.
That last one hit really close to home. The Husband’s partner was classmates with Ron at the Boylston police academy. Each class has roughly 3o members. They spend every day for 8 weeks together, drilling, training, and learning. You build a strong bond with your classmates and when one falls everyone feels the loss. That’s one of the great things about being a part of the blue line family, the bond of that family runs blood deep. Each loss is felt deeply by each officer and their families. It could have been our officer, our husband, or son, or brother, or father. As Law Enforcement Officer’s wives, we live with that fear every day. Every time they walk out of the house in their uniform, they become targets.
Our Officers do not make the law, but they have sworn to uphold it even if they don’t agree with it. But they are not machines, they bleed and feel and love and they have family waiting for them to come home. They work long hours, missing holidays, birthdays, special events, etc. They see hear and witness things that even your worst nightmares couldn’t conjure, and when one call is over, they have to push it aside and move on to the next one.
Tonight’s incident is no different. An officer from a nearby city, shot while on duty. No name has been released but you can guarantee that somehow they will be a connection to my LEO. You see, when you join the blue line family, the 6 degrees of separation becomes even smaller. You or someone you know has had a training together or met at an event.
So I will lay here tonight, thankful that my LEO is laying next to me, and praying for the latest officer and his family. We’ve got your 6.