The first half of 2016 has held controversial media coverage about police officers being attacked and killed across the United States.
In 2016, there have been 69 officers in the United States killed in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Eighteen of those deaths have been in the month of July. Most recently, three officers were shot dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was just 10 days following five officers being killed in Dallas, Texas.
But the Orem Police Department and Provo Mayor John Curtis are trying to turn the tables with positive stories from both the public’s and police officer’s side.
The Orem Police Department shared a post on their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon of a note from a kind stranger:
People continued to thank police officers for their service in the comments section.
Mayor Curtis also shared a positive story on his blog. While Mayor Curtis said the story was a few weeks old, he said it was a timely one. A mother wrote about an experience where her 24-year-old son lost consciousness on their way to Utah Valley Hospital, so the 20-year-old sold began to perform CPR while she called 911. An officer came and worked to revive the 24 year old, but he unfortunately passed away. She expressed gratitude for not only the officer’s time in trying to revive her 24-year-old son, but in the officer also comforting her 20-year-old son who was distraught at not being able to save his brother. The letter read:
“When I can, I would like to personally thank him, but in the meantime, if you would please pass along to him my gratitude for his kindness, compassion, strength and courage to emotionally and physically do his best to serve our family. He was our guardian angel that day and will always have a place in our hearts.”
Read the entire letter at provomayor.com.