After members of the police department learned about a sixth officer killed in the line of duty in just a six-day span, they took to Facebook, posting a message yesterday that has already been shared over 17,000 times and received more than 1,600 comments. The opening of the post alone has the potential to leave a person in tears.
The post from the Bangor Maine Police Department, begins with a harsh reality, saying, “Not a great week to be a cop, more importantly, not a great week to be the wife or child of a cop. Six cops killed in six days.”
“I strongly believe that these dead mean were extraordinary human servants,” the post continued, “who did something that a high percentage of the population would never do; show up on time, regardless of the call or situation, and try to make things better.”
“They didn’t tell the caller that they would be there sometime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. the following Thursday,” said the post. “They responded immediately.
“While they knew it was always a possibility to be cut down by gunfire, they did not know it would be that very day.”
“Doing a job in which they had every intention to make things better for someone… they were unconsciously making things worse, that very day, for their own wives and children.” the post added.
The message then included the known information about the six law enforcement officers who were killed during the six-day period: “Colorado- Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick. Texas- Officer David Sherrard. Georgia- Officer Chase Maddox. Ohio- Officer Anthony Morelli, Officer Eric Joering. And in South Dakota- an Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Officer’s life was also cut short yesterday, according to reports. Cops.”
The Oglala Sioux Tribal Police Officer was later identified as Brian Gerrard Garrett, according to US News & World Report.
“I am not requesting thoughts and prayers, just consideration for what they did when called to act. Cops, continuing our ‘generous return policy’ for the foreseeable future. You call, we come. You call again, we will return.”
The Facebook post then closes, “Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another. We will be here.”