Sunday, May 15, 2016, kicks off National Police Week. This is a time when we should pause to remember those heroic police officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice toward keeping their respective communities safe.  The families of those who died in the line of duty can be extremely proud of their loved ones but we know the pain of their loss never totally subsides. 

Being a police officer has changed immensely over the past 50 years.  Some of the standard equipment has gone from a nightstick, a slapjack, and a small note pad, to in-car computers, dash cams, body cams, Tazers,  pepper spray and even a computerized traffic ticket. 

But there is one thing that will never change. Those who wear the badge do so because they take pride in their work, have a burning a desire to keep their communities safe, and are willing to put their lives on the line to protect others...and for those reasons, we should be grateful to the men and women willing to step up and take the oath...we should applaud their courage! 

May God Bless our Police Officers and keep them safe!

Robert Sterling Hecker