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Two members of the New York City Police Department were shot and killed execution style Saturday, 20 December 2014 as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner.   We ask you extend your thoughts and prayers to these officers, their families, the men and women of the NYPD — and police officers everywhere as they fill with anger and grief.

Everyone who has ever worn the badge, or had a family member who wears one, knows  the ultimate sacrifice might be asked of them. We know that in an instant, any assignment can turn into danger, then death, then unending sorrow. When a police officer dies in the line of duty it is a tragedy for the entire community, but it is forever a memory of fellow police officers and their families.

The men and women who wear the badge are well aware of these risks. They train, they prepare, they are well equipped, but sometimes none of these things matter.

They have husbands, wives, children, mothers and fathers. They have dreams and goals and look forward to a long and peaceful retirement. But  cannot shrink from their duty.

Thet see the best and worst of humankind. They confront despair and overwhelming challenges; but still  carry on.

It is difficult to fathom the strength, courage and commitment which propel them to go out the door each morning. Perhaps it is because while they  face incredible difficulties they are also privileged to participate in some of society’s greatest moments — seeing good men and women stand up to those who would do them and their neighbor’s harm– people willing to take risks for each other.

Cops experience the grateful nod of appreciation from someone they helped, and feel the awe of children who want only to follow in their footsteps.

Set your politics aside and your prayers forward.

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