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July 18, 2011

Cadets and trainees attending LEO funeral services

Submitted by:
Marc Holden
Jacksonville, NC Police Department, North Carolina

All officers know that at any time, you may be required to give your life in the line of duty. Any new officer that has not attended a law enforcement officer’s funeral needs to take that opportunity to both pay their respects and take in that this isn’t a job but a lifestyle choice. As a PTO/FTO I request that all of my trainees attempt to attend at least one fallen officer’s services.

For those who have paid their respects to a fallen officer that they know, or that they have never met, you know exactly what I mean. I find that this is valuable for trainees as they make the choice to take on this career and care for the public trust. Kind of drives it home. I know that one day I may give my life for someone that I don’t know and hope that a PTO/FTO would use my funeral services and story as a training opportunity.

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