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More Police Officers Being Killed In the Line Of Duty

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jul. 9, 2014 8:52 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 11:21 PM EDT
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Officers Death Rising
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Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia

When police officers leave their house in the morning, they know there is a chance they might not come home at night.

So far this year, the number of officers killed in the line of duty is going up.

"It's always in the back of your mind that you might not go home at night," Deputy Brian Hudson with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said.

Hudson has been a police officer for about one year, and knows how dangerous the job is. However, he said he couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"I've always had the desire to help people, and the desire to be in law enforcement. So that's why I’m here today," Hudson said.

However, helping people does come with a lot of risk. The National Fallen Officer’s Memorial said, so far this year, the number of police officers killed in the line of duty is up 11 percent from last year.

Hudson said that number sticks with him when he shows up to a call.

"You want make sure you know where everybody involved is at. You don't want to be surprised," he said.

Hudson said officers in West Virginia get top notch training, so they can protect themselves when they're out in the field. He said officers from all agencies around this area work well together to make sure everyone goes home at the end of their shift.

"We never want to go out, and lose someone. You want to go in with some assistance. Other deputies are going to be there, and other law enforcement," Hudson said.



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