A total of 145 law enforcement officers across the country died in the line of duty last year, the highest total since 2011.
"One average one American law enforcement officer is killed every 53 hours somewhere in the United States. Last year 145 law enforcement officers made the ultimate sacrifice. That is the highest total fatalities since 2011," Police Chief Michael Wynn said.
Police throughout Massachusetts on Friday stood outside of their local elementary schools waiting for the students to arrive. Once the children piled off the bus, the officers were there greeting them with high fives to start their day.
Kevin Stant and Samantha Haines were confirmed by the Select Board as reserve patrol officers for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year.
Chief Michael Williams introduced the officers, whom he said had completed the reserve intermittent officer training course. They also successfully passed the interview process and background check.
More than 60 people, 40 of the first-responders, were on the scene for the mass casualty incident drill being hosted by the Northern Berkshire Emergency Planning Committee at the former North Adams Plaza on Curran Highway.
"There's going to be a lot of activity, emergency responders will be coming in hot with lights and sirens," cautioned Amalio Jusino, assistant chief of the North Adams Ambulance Service and coordinator of the drill, early Thursday morning.
Behind him, an obsolete bus don
So far in 2016, 35 police officers died in the line of duty.
Those 35 join the national total of more than 20,000 officers who died or were killed while doing their job. Last year, 128 officers "made the ultimate sacrifice."
"Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June.
Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students.
This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cance
Police Sgt. Brad Lepicier has responded to calls to find someone in dire need of medical attention. And he's rushed out to the cruiser to the Automated External Defibrillators and saved a life while he waited for paramedics.