American police officers comes in all shapes and sizes, yet every one of these brave enforcers are willing to do whatever it takes to serve their community, including putting themselves directly in the line of fire.
It’s an unfortunate reality of the world that we live in that the respect once held for officers of the law is slowly eroding. Street and gang culture were early adopters of the disregarding of legal authority, followed soon after by a wide swath of America’s underbelly. Now, with hate groups such as Black Lives Matter pushing their own radicalized, racist, and anti-cop agenda on the impressionable young minds of millennials, attacks focused directly on law officers have become increasingly commonplace.
Being a police officer in 2017 is a courageous endeavor, certainly, and not every officer makes it through the day in one piece. That is precisely why the bravery of these devoted public servants must be applauded whenever possible. The story of Officer Kasper is no exception.
“Authorities say a man was shot and killed after two separate shootouts with South Florida deputies while a police dog took a bullet during one of the shootouts.
“The Palm Beach Post reports that 46-year-old Philip O’Shea died Friday evening. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says O’Shea had an extensive criminal history and was wanted in Raleigh, North Carolina, in connection with a May 2 motel robbery.
“PBSO K-9 Officer Kasper took a bullet in the gunfire that was meant for his partner, Bradshaw said. K-9 Officer Kasper is in surgery and is expected to survive.”
The suspect in the shooting was killed by officers during the altercation, but not before Kasper was struck in his left hindquarters by one of the assailant’s bullets. The German Shepherd mix K9 officer’s wounds, thankfully non-lethal, will have the dog out of commission for some time.
Here’s to hoping that there are plenty of Milkbones in Officer Kasper’s road to recovery.