YORK COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The wives of York County law enforcement officers held a vigil at the Moss Justice Center honoring officers who were killed in the line of duty across the country.
“We see it all the time and we always hope and pray that it doesn’t happen to you. That it’s not one of your family and this year it was,” said Lisa Moseley whose husband is a Sergeant with the department.
So far this year, 36 officers across the country have been killed in the line of duty. For officers with the York County Sheriff’s Office that number hits close to home. Detective Mike Doty was shot and killed in the line of duty in January, three other officers were injured.
Sheriff Kevin Tolson addressed the spike in officer deaths, he said, “It’s very concerning. We’re at a record number this year I think we’re at 63 percent over what we were last year, this time, and over half of our line of duty deaths are by gunfire.”
Dozens turned out to the vigil. A poem was recited, a prayer was said and Taps was played next to the fallen officer memorial. Wives of the officers said they wanted the community to be able to honor officers who gave their lives protecting their communities and thank those who are still putting their lives on the line every day.
“I think across the country you see people that have been ambushed, who have been targeted just because they are police officers so this is an opportunity to see them, to thank them for their service,” said Moseley.
York County officers celebrated those who are now able to return to duty while still mourning the death of Detective Doty.
“I experienced one other early in my career and you don’t forget it. It does get better, it gets a little easier, you do heal but you don’t get over it. It’s a constant reminder of what can happen that this job is for real, that there are real dangers,” said Sheriff Tolson.
FOX 46 asked Sheriff Tolson if any changes were being made given the rise in officer deaths and he replied, “Unfortunately you can’t train against evil and evil will always exist.”