enforcement officers are on the front lines everyday putting their lives at
risk to protect and serve our community.
"It weighs on
my mind every day, will this be my last day, will this be my last time seeing
my wife, will this be the last time I see my kids, we know when we put on this
badge daily, that day could be your last day," said Lamar County Deputy Ricky
One of the
biggest challenges that deputies face is not always having backup close by.
something by yourself, first off, first thing that runs through your mind, will
this be my last call," said Lee. "It may be 15 or 20 minutes before your backup
gets there, and you have to handle that situation the best you know how," said
shootings, accidents and other tragic events many times leave officers to
secure a scene before other first responders can tend to victims.
"I had one a
couple years ago where I had a classmate, I was going home from work and she
was involved in a car crash and it actually killed her, and that stuck with me
the rest of my life," said Lee. "To see that with someone you grew up with and
went to school with, and to see them not make it, it weighs on you pretty
hard," said Lee.
things constantly that most people generally hope to never see.
home to my family, and then losing a life of an individual that I could have
saved weighs on me the most," said Lee.
responders in this field lean on family members or other officers to deal with
the stress and emotional strain the job takes on them.
what we signed up to do, and we realize it's a dirty job, but some has to do
it," said Lee.