SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Two New York officers killed execution style while sitting in their patrol car. A day later, a veteran officer in Tarpon Springs, Florida also gunned down and killed. Although those who serve and protect in South Mississippi do not know the officers who lost their lives, they are affected by the tragedy.
"It's heartbreaking. It truly is," Biloxi Police Sgt. Thomas Goldsworthy said. "And our hearts go out to that agency."
"It's very sad. I don't know those two officers, but the brothers in blue, sisters in blue, anytime you put on this uniform, it's a different type of family," Gulfport Sgt. Damon McDaniel said. "It's kind of hard to explain, but when you are wearing it you know what it's like."
Sgt. McDaniel said his department knows all too well the pain of losing one of their own.
"For us to lose an officer, whether it be a car crash or a violent crime such as this, it affects all of us nationwide," Sgt. McDaniel said. "Even when we lost Sgt. Curry in 2008 in a car crash, it affected us, and it still does today."
Sgt. Goldsworthy has been an officer for nearly two decades and admits the job is not always easy.
"We see things most people every day don't see or even know about, and we do the best we can," Sgt. Goldsworthy said. "We have to go home and a lot of times we don't share that with our family, because we don't want them to experience what we have."
Decisions officers sometimes have to make are not always popular.
"No one really likes to be arrested. It is what it is," Sgt. McDaniel said, "and that is why we are out here enforcing the laws. "Every time they put on the uniform, they know their responsibilities and they know what is on the line.
"We try to rely on the training that we have in order to survive another day." Sgt. McDaniel said. "Does it make me decide or second guess this profession? No, it does not. It makes me even more proud to be a policeman."
"It's a calling. We as officers we love it. My kids, I do it for them," Sgt. Goldsworthy said.
Anytime an officer is killed, Biloxi Sgt. Goldsworthy said the chief reminds the force to always be on their toes and pay attention to their surroundings even when doing something as simple as sitting in a patrol car filing a report.