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First on the Scene: Law enforcement

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Law 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 Lee.

One of the biggest challenges that deputies face is not always having backup close by.

"Responding to 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 Lee.

Responding to 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.

Officers see things constantly that most people generally hope to never see.

"Not coming home to my family, and then losing a life of an individual that I could have saved weighs on me the most," said Lee.

Many first responders in this field lean on family members or other officers to deal with the stress and emotional strain the job takes on them.

"We realized what we signed up to do, and we realize it's a dirty job, but some has to do it," said Lee.

 

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