- - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are heroes who walk among us every day, people to whom we could never be grateful enough that they choose to live a life of public service. These men and women serve and protect the public with little recognition for the incredible services they perform in helping maintain a civilized culture.

Among these heroes are firefighters, the U.S. armed forces, and of course, our police officers. These heroes never ask for acknowledgement for the good they do in serving our country, and unfortunately in these times, we seem to only hear about them through negative news reports.

Recently it was reported that police recruitment is down nationally, owing to the growing animosity toward our police. With the targeting of police that has occurred over the past few months, who can blame people? It is time we honor those who stand in harm’s way to enforce the laws of society. Can anyone really imagine the chaos that would ensue without these brave men and women? Each day they put their lives on the line, serving in areas many people would never go. “Serve and protect” is truly the code they live by.

When President John F. Kennedy Jr. said “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” he probably could not have envisioned an America where officers of the law could be under such attack, as they are today.

We should never miss the opportunity to say thank you to our police for their lives of service. Honor and pray for our law enforcement officers.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.

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