Philadelphia officer shot to death while buying a gift for his son – CNN.com

Everybody knows that when you put on a badge, you may not make it home that day . . .

Philadelphia officer shot to death while buying a gift for his son – CNN.com

Every officer of every Department and/or Agency knows when they pin on their badge, that there is a possibility that their day could end without them ever returning home againmourning. Every Cop knows that they may have to face a life threatening situation in the performance of their duties. Every Cop knows they can be hurt, and even killed just doing their job. But, no officer is ever prepared to die in the line of duty. There is always something yet wanted to be done, a wife to tell you love her, a child to tell a bedtime story to, a fellow officer to joke with one more time, and I can continue on and on. This officer who became involved in a robbery situation had plans of buying his son a gift  and enjoying the son’s birthday in 2 days.

The officer fought a good fight and dies honorably, respected by all that knew him and many that didn’t. But, I’ll bet the thing he wanted most was to live and share his son’s birthday. The officer had stopped at a store to buy his son a gift because he was proud of his son whose birthday was just two days away and encountered two gunman with intent to rob a GameStop store. A firefight between the two gunmen and the officer lasted about 30 to 40 seconds during which 50 rounds of ammunition were expended by the criminals, hitting the officer 4 times while the officer continued to do battle against the criminals until the 4th shot fell him hitting him in the head. The officer until that point although hit by gunfire from the criminals multiple times continued to exchange fire with both criminals.

The officers actions intentionally took the gunfire away from store employees and other shoppers and the subject story does not say anyone other than the officer and one of the criminals being harmed. Officer Wilson died a hero, a good cop, and an example of how sometimes cops do not make it home from work

 

I Never Dreamed it Would Be Me

(By Sgt. George Hahn, LAPD, Ret., engraved on the Peace Officer Memorial in CA, across from the west steps of the Capitol Building.)

I never dreamed it would be me,
My name for all eternity,
Recorded here at this hallowed place,
Alas my name, no more my face.
“In the line of duty,” I hear them say;
My family now the price will pay.
My folded flag stained with their tears;
We only had those few short years.
The badge no longer on my chest,
I sleep now in eternal rest
My sword I pass to those behind,
And pray they keep this thought in mind.
I never dreamed it would be me,
And with heavy heart and bended knee;
I ask for all here from the past,
Dear God, let my name be the last.

Rest In Peace Officer Robert Wilson III . . .

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