Mourning but moving forward
Re “Deputies and their families deserve our heartfelt thanks” (Editorials, Oct. 25): The law enforcement community is heartbroken. What began as a normal Friday ended with the tragic deaths of two deputies. A routine call ended two lives, and two families will never be able to put the pieces together.
I’ve been a sheriff’s deputy for nearly 30 years. I prepare for bad days, but there are no preparations that bring comfort to such loss.
I am also the president of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, representing 67,000 public safety members. In our line of work, we can’t dwell on the risks. It is not hyperbole to say we leave our families every day not knowing if we will return. But my job – our job – is to protect and serve, to ensure our neighbors live without fear.
Cops aren’t perfect; we make mistakes. We understand thoughtful discussions must be had when those of us in uniform fall short. We are part of our communities, and accountability is part of the contract we make with our neighbors.
We don’t expect thanks. We simply want you to know that when you need us, we will be there. That being said, the editorial was shared, and the kindness mattered.
We mourn this loss today, tomorrow and every day thereafter, knowing these were not the first deputies lost too soon, and these will not be the last.
The unfathomable irony that Placer County Deputy Michael David Davis Jr. should be killed in the line of duty 26 years to the day after his father lost his life protecting our streets will never be forgotten. The Davis family is owed a debt of gratitude no amount of thanks can provide.
We are grateful for the elegant words of appreciation the editorial board expressed for our colleagues lost last week and the officers responding throughout the area. Our strength is in the unity of our officers, our families and the communities we serve. Together, we can move forward.
Mike Durant, Sacramento