At approximately 8:15 Sunday morning, a man walked into Forza Coffee in Parkland, Wash. and shot and killed four Lakewood police officers who were getting ready for their morning shift.
I’m not going to go into the details of what happened. You can read them here.
What I will say is that it is a sad day in western Washington. Only one month ago — almost to the day — Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton was also shot and killed in the line of duty. Add the shooting at Fort Hood and I just have to say it’s a sad day for this country.
Now, I personally didn’t know Officer Brenton, any of the soldiers from Fort Hood or the four officers who were killed today. Nor do I personally know anybody in law enforcement or the military. But I can honestly say my heart goes out to their families and loved ones during these times — especially with the holiday season just around the corner. I can’t even imagine what they are going through right now.
I’ve read stories about Sunday’s shooting online and have read comments left by fellow readers. While most comments express sadness, disgust and sometimes outright anger over the situation as well as condolences for the officers’ families, some comments express these feelings toward these officers and/or law enforcement in general.
I just have to say I had to shake my head in sadness when I read these comments. Love them or hate them, these men and women in uniform — law enforcement officers, soldiers, firefighters, etc. — put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us. The least we can do is show them some respect. It’s not easy knowing every morning when you walk out the door to go to work, you may not walk back in. That is not an easy thing to do and for these individuals to do this every day, well that is nothing short of admirable.
I know it may not seem like much, but to the loved ones of these slain officers and soldiers, I just want to offer my condolences and let them know my heart goes out to them. I don’t think I’ve ever had the courage to do what they did.
Their sacrifices will not go unappreciated by at least one individual.