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Dec.26, 2014

Thank a cop for their service and sacrifice

At this time of year I always reflect back on my 36 years of law enforcement and realize how fortunate, blessed and proud I am to have spent my career in this honorable and noble profession.

I am proud that I have spent my entire adult life helping others during what is sometimes the worst times of their lives.

However, this year is different. This year as I reflect back on my career and think about the thousands of police officers who have died in the line of duty, I think of all those families who are suffering through the holidays without their father, mother, brother, sister, aunt or uncle who paid the ultimate price and died in the line of duty.

Especially this year when there is so much hatred and mistrust for our men and women who are entrusted with the safety of our communities, I am saddened that more people aren’t standing up and speaking out for our officers who day in and day out put their lives on the line so everyone can feel safe at night when they fall asleep.

How about this year when you see an officer working on the holidays, instead of thinking about what happened in Ferguson and New York, think about how fortunate you are that we have these brave men and women patrolling our streets who will gladly run into a gunfight or stand in harm’s way to protect you and your family.

Better yet, instead of just thinking of it, walk up to the officer and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

Craig Junginger

Gresham Police Chief

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