Today Athens, GA is in a state of somber and retaliation. It’s incredible how these officers can work so hard during a time of such sorrow for them. On Tuesday afternoon, one officer was shot and killed and another wounded. And since then, the Athens-Clarke Police Department has been searching high and low for the gunman who is now being referred to as the cop killer. It’s been an awful long time (thank God) since this town has lost any officers, and it’s been even longer since one was lost to a bullet (1936, I believe).
Tonight we took cupcakes to the police department. And I’ve never seen such a sight. There were so many police cars and people and officers and news crews and and and… I can’t imagine how any of them are functioning never mind avidly searching. My heart breaks for this town.
This all gives me such a new appreciation for service men and what they sacrifice. We hardly think about that anymore these days. When we see police all most of us think is to slow down and let them pass in fear of getting pulled over. But I have friends who are policemen. I have family who are retired police men. And today some of my friends were called into Athens (they live in a surrounding county) to help with the search. And I’d by lying if my heart wasn’t tight all day long.
All I can really say is that I hope the search is over soon and that all our men (and women!) stay safe. Go get ’em!