- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are many heavy hearts laden with sorrow for the tragic death of Prince George’s County Police Officer Adrian Morris (“Prince George’s police officer killed in I-95 crash,” Web, Monday).

Only 23 years old and a member of the department for just 21/2 years, Officer Morris was fulfilling his lifelong career ambition serving as a police officer. Though his time in the department was short-lived and his young life unjustly cut short, Officer Morris died doing what he aspired to do since his days as a young Police Explorer. He was well-known within the department for his enthusiasm, and the impact of his death is great.

Officer Morris‘ injured colleague, who was in the cruiser with him and was lucky enough to survive the crash, now will deal not only with his physical trauma but the enduring emotional impact of knowing that Officer Morris succumbed to critical head injuries. For the surviving officer, the challenge to move forward will be difficult and the pain of the loss unrelenting.

The Prince George’s County Police Department possesses strength in numbers and tenacity in spirit, and it reaches out to others through community collaboration. Now it is time for others to reach out to the department. All parties mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant, and they grieve together. The mourning badges will appear, faces will be stoic but hearts will be profoundly hurting.

The word “thanks” is by no means enough to fill the bill for officers’ brave and heroic actions in a multitude of situations. The differences officers make, the hurdles they survive and the ultimate sacrifices of their lives affect us beyond what words can express. Officer Adrian Morris, rest in peace.

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct professor

Dept. of Justice, Law and Society

George Mason University

Fairfax

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