Take time for police officers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Greenville residents are still in mourning over the recent death of Police Sgt. Tony Jeffery Holder. After 20 years of faithful service, Holder retired from the Greenville Police Department only one week ago, and almost 300 people paid their last respects to him and his devotion to the City of Greenville on Thursday.

Working as a police officer is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Officers put their lives on the line everyday and upon leaving their home, they never know what or who they may face while on duty. They also never know if they will see their wives or children or mothers or fathers at the end of the long day.

Admiration and respect should be given to all officers of the law as well as our constant thanks. A police officer once said, "Most officers join the force because of their genuine desire to serve and protect their family and friends -- their community."

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Without officers of the law, who would protect the children, the grandparents, the families of the community? It is an occupation that demands respect and thanks, and members of a community should give it daily.