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P1 First Person: The midnight warrior

By Deputy Michael S. Zimmerman
La Porte County (Ind.) Sheriff's Office

Officer Down... Two words that haunt the thoughts of every officer. Two little words that every officer prays they will never utter and their comrades never hear. No matter if you have been on the force for twenty days or twenty years, those words send a shutter to the soul and a sickening feeling to the gut like a hard sucker punch. That’s just what it is, a sucker punch. An event that no one was planning for yet, it occurred just the same. It is an announcement of danger, a demand for assistance, a cry for help, a plea for mercy, and a voice of fury like no other. It is an alert, a wake-up call to all those listening. Two words that evoke almost every range of emotion including fear, rage, sorrow, confusion, and even a little joy... “Thank God it wasn’t me.”

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