The whole state is reeling at the news of Somerset County Sheriff's Office Colonel Eugene Cole being gunned down by a suspect still currently at large. A tragedy that no family should have to deal with. And it has a tremendous impact on fellow officers as well. They all know what they're getting into when they join the force, but I'm sure they and their families all pray in the back of their minds that the worst will never happen.

This week, police departments nationwide are honoring officers who have been killed in the line of duty. I'm sure it re-opens old wounds to the soul for police officers every year, but remembering those who put their lives on the line every day for our safety and protection is certainly worthy of recognition.

Years back, Maine singer/songwriter Dick Curless wrote a song called "Somebody Killed A Police Officer Today" to honor peace officers everywhere for their willingness to do whatever it takes to keep us safe. Have a listen, and remember that a Maine officer died protecting us just today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fellow officers of Eugene Cole. And to every fallen officer that has done their best to protect this great country of ours.

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