Helping a wounded SWAT officer on their road to recovery
Because of their equipment, many SWAT officers survive the violent attacks but find themselves on the long mend
Eleven officers were recently shot in a 24-hour period and there was discussion in the national news about the possibility that police officers are being targeted. It is a fact that police officers have always been and will always be targeted. They have been shot, stabbed, punched, and kicked, throughout history. But it seems that unless 11 are killed in a 24-hour period, the national news reserves very little print space or airtime on officers who are killed or wounded in the line of duty.
For example, few outside of San Antonio saw the headline “Texas gunman shoots 4 SWAT officers serving warrant,” in November of 2010. Unless you were paying attention or lived in the Greater Metropolitan Philadelphia area you may not have heard about the two SWAT officers hit by gunfire when trying to apprehend a man who had shot a fellow officer.
Train for Danger
SWAT officers train extensively to win these confrontations and when one of our own falls never to rise again, hundreds gather to dutifully pray and honor the fallen. This is as it should be.
But what happens to the wounded? Life moves on for the department, while those who are wounded struggle for weeks and months, sometimes for a life-time to recover from their wounds and the trauma of a their near death experience. Too often they are forgotten.
Since there are no cards for such an incident here once again are some words for you to share with them from PoliceOne.
Ode to the Wounded Warrior
You raised your hand and stood there proud,
You picked up the gauntlet and served with pride
Then came that day, when came the test
You faced knife, the gun, or the flash of steel
Your example will help them face their test,
Thank you for your sacrifice and example of courage.
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