- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2010


Every time there is word of the death of a law enforcement officer or other criminal justice personnel, those of us who work in public safety are devastated by the loss no matter where it occurs (“Two killed in Las Vegas courthouse shootout” (Page 1, Tuesday).

We devote our lives and careers to assisting individuals, families and communities. We attempt to be proactive in preventing the victimization of innocent people, and strive to help restore the lives of those who have already been victimized, as well as those fortunate enough to survive their ordeals.

Sometimes the sacrifice made in the line of duty and civilian service is the loss of lives. In the Las Vegas shooting, a 65-year-old retired Las Vegas police officer who was serving as a contract employee was killed trying to protect others. His colleague, a deputy U. S. marshal, was seriously injured but is alive. The selfless, heroic actions of both men served the greater good in assisting to fatally shoot the gunman and protect those inside the courthouse.

Though we all deeply mourn the tragedy of another officer down, we also reaffirm our tenacity to remain there for one another, retain the ethical tenets of our profession and continue to make sacrifices for the greater good. For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, may they rest in peace.


Victim Specialist/Legal Assistant

State’s Attorneys Office, Prince George’s County

Upper Marlboro, Md.



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