Police put there lives on the line every single day. No officer ever truly knows if they will make it home that night....
Please Jeff. While this is certainly true for some members of the force (drug/gangs, OC, etc), it is also a vastly overstated and tired mantra.
Do fraud squad detectives really fear making it home any night? What about Marine Unit? Court Services? Parking Enforcement, etc? Do they really not truly know if they will make it home that night? Come on man.
First of all, if that were true we'd be discussing a lot more than 2 on-the-job deaths in 10 years.
Secondly, much of that risk is mitigated by the incredible layers of protection every cop nowadays seems to enjoy; from near-military levels of body protection, kevlar vests, shields, Glocks.....not to mention the intangible layers such as political protection, a powerful union and great lawyers.
And third, it's not like police are the only people who face on-the-job risk. Everyday I see construction workers, powerline technicians, window cleaners and taxi drivers who can die at work also. And sometimes they do. Without the glory.
I know that policing is not an easy job in most cases. I know also that there are definite risks involved, and that we should be grateful for their good work.
But please let's stop mythologizing the police, especially on the rare occasion that one is killed in the line of duty.