Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 21, 2014

Thank you, law-enforcement

VALDOSTA — In today’s editions, you will find a story about the Rotary Club’s Law-Enforcement Awards Dinner held last night at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

For the seventh year, the Rotary Club paid tribute to officers whose service went above and beyond the call of duty while raising funds to help law-enforcement officers in their hours of financial need.

The dinner has become an annual tribute to the men and women who are members of that thin blue line. We some times forget their service and sacrifices.

While the majority of the public read reports about crimes, area law-enforcement experience them first hand. They witness the immediate results of violent tragedies.

They don’t stand idly by either. Arrests are made in many of these cases within hours or days of the incidents.

Still, theirs is often a thankless job. Adding insult to injury, folks often heap the blame for violent crime on police officers.

They patrol days and nights. They willingly enter into unknown and dangerous situations. They step into scenes from which most people would flee.

So, the LEAD ceremony may have been last night, but it’s never too late to thank our area law-enforcement officers.

Thank you for all you do.

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