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January 26, 2009

Cops say bearing news of a loved one's death is 'hardest part of the job'

Editor's note: PoliceOne columnist Dr. Laurence Miller says that there is no easy way to tell someone their loved one has died, but there are ways of making it easier on both the victims and the notifiers. Read The worst possible news: Death notification and body identification for law enforcement officers for recommendations that apply generally to dealing with surviving family members of both deceased civilians and fellow officers who have died in the line of duty.

By Wayne Drash

ATLANTA — Police Lt. Keith Meadows won't ever forget the first time he had to deliver the grim news. A mother was crying hysterically on the other end of the phone line wanting information on her son's fate. Meadows knew her boy had just been killed.

Full story: Cops say bearing news of a loved one's death is 'hardest part of the job'

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