Thursday, July 6, 2006
Thanks to law officers
Thursday, I attended the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon and was a bit late. When I arrived, Rep. Tommy Woods led the prayer, and immediately asked God to be with the two Olive Branch police officers who were shot early that morning.
Thursday had been rush, rush for me. I had not heard the terrible news from our neighboring county.
In his prayer, Representative Woods also asked God to be with and protect all of our law enforcement officers. It is a prayer we should all pray, and often.
These shootings in Olive Branch make us stop and think more about the hazards of being a law enforcement officer. They also cause us to realize that violent crime is no longer in the big cities. It can happen here, too.
Memphis is growing. Its borders have expanded and keep expanding to nearby counties and cities. With the growth comes great economic development opportunities, but with it can also come an increase in crime.
Olive Branch officers Doug Stanek and Mark Ayers were shot after approaching a car parked along a curb outside Porter Paints, 8463 Goodman, according to news reports. Ayers was still listed in critical condition over the weekend. Stanek was treated and released. Stanek, following procedures to perfection, kept his partner alive with cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The paint store the car was near had been hit twice in the past month by burglars, and the store manager had requested extra patrols. The officers were suspicious of the car, parked there about 4:30 a.m.
Officers, on a daily basis, put themselves into potentially dangerous situations in order to protect and serve the communities in which they live. They constantly educate themselves about the dangers they might face and how to minimize those risks.
The risks are many – from drug stings to domestic disturbances to routine traffic stops.
Here’s a “Law Enforcement’s Prayer,” taken from the Internet and written by Denise R. Rojas in 2004.
Holly Springs, Byhalia, Potts Camp and Marshall County are blessed with dedicated, hard-working, well-trained and caring individuals who work with our sheriff’s department and police departments.
They are more than officers to us. They are our neighbors and our friends.
This holiday week, and through the year, please do not take these men and women for granted. Tell them how much you appreciate them. They’re putting their lives on the line for us.
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