Very sad story, prayers go out to their families.
But to play the devils advocate here are a few quotes from wiki.
Despite perceived dangers, policing has never been listed among the top ten most dangerous jobs in America. In terms of deaths per capita, driver-sales work such as pizza delivery is a more dangerous profession than being a police officer.
lol. touche. But I respond with this.
1) The reason officer deaths are as low as they are is because
of the tools, training, and procedures that we give them that many people find so offensive. Remove those tools, training, and procedures, and the death rate would be much higher.
2) I would be willing to bet that deaths from driver-sales work are higher because of traffic accident, many of which could have been caused by the driver him or herself. There was a large class action lawsuit against Dominoes in the early 90's for the 30 minute guarantee that they had because it was encouraging their drivers to drive recklessly to make the deadline.
Here are some not-so-fun facts:
•A total of 1,626 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 53 hours or 163 per year. There were 116 law enforcement officers killed in 2009, the lowest annual total since 1989.
•On average, more than 58,000 law enforcement officers are assaulted each year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries.
•The 1970s were the deadliest decade in law enforcement history, when a total of 2,286 officers died, or an average of almost 229 each year. The deadliest year in law enforcement history was 1930, when 285 officers were killed. That figure dropped dramatically in the 1990s, to an average of 160 per year.
•The deadliest day in law enforcement history was September 11, 2001, when 72 officers were killed while responding to the terrorist attacks on America.