Wednesday, June 13, 2007

THIS is one of the reasons I worry ...

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I subscribe to a website called Police Link and as part of that, I get Line of Duty Death Notifications in my email box on an extremely way-too-frequent basis. This is the one I got today and this is why I worry not just about Patrol Officers but Sergeants, Lieutenants, and on up. As a police officer, you are never out of danger no matter how high your rank.

Chief of Police Randy Lacy
Clay City Police Department
Kentucky

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Biographical Info
Age: 55
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody

Chief Lacy was shot and killed by a prisoner who was sitting in the back seat of his patrol car.
Chief Lacy was transporting a suspect that had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The prisoner was able to produce a gun and shot the chief in the back of the head.
The suspect was taken into custody following the shooting.
Chief Lacy had served as a law enforcement officer for 23 years, and had served as the Chief of Police in Clay City for three years.

Rest in peace, Chief Lacy; and to anyone and everyone out there who serves the public in an emergency capacity - from police to fire to EMS to our military - take care and stay safe. Please.

8 comments:

  1. that is so sad. I feel for his family. My dad was a fireman and we always worried.

    My thoughts are with his family.

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  2. A good - but a very unsettling - reminder of how difficult, how dangerous police work really is as well as being a fireman, an EMT -anyone who has to deal with the more unsavory elements of life in order to keep the peace and protect all the rest of us.
    We should all feel indebted to this man and all the many others who, like him, gave his all in the line of duty.

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  3. OMG. How awful. I can't imagine what his family are going through. 23 years on the force... wow.

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  4. *Sigh* I cannot imagine the pain that his family is experiencing. What a powerful post, Linda!

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  5. Chief Lacy ended his watch in the arms of God--direct express. I pray that those same arms that are encircling his family, friends and fellow officers may be felt strongly tonight and in the difficult days to come, and that they may bring some solace to those he loved and who loved him in return.

    There are countless heroes suiting up everywhere tonight. Rank makes no difference, nor does the precise nature their service; cops, firefighters, military, EMT...shucks, maybe even the lil 'old lady behind the perfume counter at Macy's has had her moment. If your moment arrives, it comes regardless of human details like rank or occupation.

    If your moment comes in the service of others, your life is a blessing to all. Thanks Chief. The rest of y'all take care.

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  6. What a terrible think to happen, I feel for his family.

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