Today, I will not answer the radio call that your boyfriend has come home drunk and is beating you again.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized.
Today, I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murderer or a car thief.
Today, I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident.
Today, I will not save your child that you locked in a car or the child you were too busy to watch who went outside and fell into the swimming pool, but that I revived.
No, today I will not do that.
Today, I was suspended from duty for doing my job, because the media, liberals, a community organizer, a lawyer who formally represented terrorists and is the US attorney general and a mayor who ran on an anti-police agenda, who are all advised by a drug dealer, liar and income tax cheat. AND, all who know nothing about Policing, have vilified my profession.
Today, I was killed by a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway.
Today, I was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they had a taillight out.
Today, I was killed in a traffic accident rushing to help a citizen.
Today, I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a known drug dealer.
Today, I was killed by a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was too busy.
Today, I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery.
Today I was killed doing my job.
A chaplain and an officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or a child that their son or daughter or husband or wife or father or mother won’t be coming home today.
The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast today but most people won’t know why.
There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps and bagpipes will be played as I am laid to rest.
My name will be put on a plaque, on a wall, in a building, in a city somewhere.
A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will mourn.
There will be no cries for justice.
There will be no riots in the streets.
There will be no officers marching, screaming ‘no justice, no peace.’
No citizens will scream that something must be done.
No windows will be smashed, no cars burned, no stones thrown, no names called.
Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.
I was a Police Officer
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Line of duty deaths are a harsh reality that LEO families face every day. While politicians and media outlets vilify officers, they still go to work day and night risking their lives. Many in this country have forgotten that there is a human being behind the badge.
A Texas police officer was killed and another was seriously injured when their cruiser was hit by a wrong-way driver at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Beaumont Police Department said Officer Sheena Yarbrough-Powell, 23, was killed when a wrong-way driver hit her cruiser, and another officer was seriously hurt while they were driving on Cardinal Drive, near the Highway 347 overpass.
The police cruiser was hit head-on by the driver of a Ford Mustang, according to Beaumont Police spokesperson Officer Haley Morrow.
Yarbrough-Powell was pronounced dead at the scene, Morrow said.
The second officer, who was driving, was rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition. He is now in stable condition and has had surgery since the crash according to Chief Jimmy Singletary.
The driver of the Ford Mustang was also taken to the hospital.
At a Sunday afternoon news conference, Chief Singletary said Powell was a Lumberton native and had been with the force since 2018. She had been married for only 10 months.
The Beaumont Police Department posted on Facebook:
“It’s a sad day for The Beaumont Police Department and the community that our Officers proudly serve.
“At 2:30 this morning, two Beaumont Police Officers were traveling Northbound on Cardinal Drive, near the Hwy 347 overpass, when they were struck head-on by a wrong way driver.
PRESS CONFERENCE: 23-year-old Sheena Yarbrough has been identified as the officer killed in Sunday’s crash. She was sworn into the police department in December of 2018 & was married for 10 months. Her partner (driver) underwent surgery & is in stable condition. #12NewsNow pic.twitter.com/mreymyATvG
— H. Tyler Seggerman (@TylerSeggerman) August 9, 2020
“One Officer was transported to the hospital with severe injuries but is stable. He underwent surgery early this morning and has since been released. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him but we will be with him every step of the way.
“Unfortunately, his partner did not survive her injuries.
“Officer Sheena Yarbrough-Powell, was a 23 year old Lumberton Native. She was hired by the Beaumont Police Department as a Police Cadet on August 13, 2018. On December 20, 2018 she was sworn in as a Beaumont Police Officer.
“Sheena was assigned to 4th Watch Patrol. She had been married for just 10 months.
“There’s no doubt that it’s an extremely difficult time to be a Police Officer but it’s also an extremely important time. Our Officers and Dispatchers have done a remarkable job during this difficult time but today, we are hurting.
“The next few days, weeks, months and years will be difficult for Sheena’s family, both blood and blue but we will get through this together with the help of our community.
“I would like to say thank you to the State Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety for responding and leading the investigation of the crash.
“I would also like the thank the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lamar P.D. for stepping in and answering our calls for service while most of our Officers were on the scene of the crash.
“Also, I want to ask our community to not only keep Sheena’s family and the police department in your prayers but Beaumont EMS and Fire Department. Police, Fire and EMS go hand-in-hand.
“We are all first responders and our paths cross multiple times throughout our respective shifts. So this loss is hard for them too.
“We have already started to feel the outpouring of support from the community and it means more than you know. There will be more information released as we plan the services to honor Sheena’s life.”
Yarbrough-Powell’s death marks the 18th officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Beaumont Police Department.
A list of all Beaumont police officers killed is noted on the Officer Down Memorial Page, with the first one being Deputy City Marshal William E. Patterson dying from gunfire on Sept. 25, 1881.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the recent crash.
Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames told 12News Sunday this is the second officer she has lost since taking office in 2007:
“My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends left behind after such a needless tragedy. There are no words that can comfort grieving at a time like this, but my hope is that you know how many people in our city grieve with you. Our entire city hurts when we lose a first responder.”
We recently reported on another officer who died in the line of duty in Detroit, Michigan. Law enforcement lost another hero on May 31, 2020, when Officer Waldis “Jay” Johnson succumbed to his injuries sustained in April 2017 when he was shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence call in Detroit.
A 14-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department at the time, Officer Johnson was shot on April 30, 2017 when he and his partner responded to a call at the Oakman Apartments in the city, located on the west side.
They had been dispatched to that location on the report of a domestic disturbance.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Johnson and his partner had approached a common front door to the apartment complex, which was locked. After a few minutes, a man who was unrelated to the call for service came downstairs.
Johnson was immediately met by a tenant with a gun, who pointed it at Johnson. A struggle ensued for control of the firearm. Johnson let go momentarily to get control of his gun, and both fired at the same time. Two bullets struck the suspect from Johnson’s gun; however, Johnson was shot once in the head. Johnson’s partner, Officer Darren Weathers, fired back and killed the suspect, James Edward Ray, 46.
Johnson suffered a traumatic brain injury and remained in rehab until his death. He is survived by his wife, daughter and two sons.
On July 31, Trooper Caleb Starr, 33, was injured when his vehicle was struck head-on by an intoxicated driver in Michigan. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Starr was traveling west on Grand River Avenue, in Boston Township, responding to a low-priority call when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck his vehicle.
He had to be extricated from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, in Grand Rapids, where he remained until succumbing to his injuries.
Trooper Starr served with the Michigan State Police for less than two years. He is survived by his wife and two children
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