Amanda Haworth. Roger Castillo. Thomas Baitinger. Jeffrey Yaslowitz. Steven Dodds. Ralph Painter. Christopher Matlosz. Suzanne Hopper. William H. Torbin Jr., Larry Nehasil.
You may not recognize the names, but soon each one will be etched in granite in some cemetery.
There is no other word to describe the apparent war against police officers that has left 14 families grieving for their sons and daughters, husbands and wives.
So far this month, 14 police officers have been murdered while doing the jobs in their chosen fields.
They have had their last call.
Police radios in five states -- Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon and Washington -- have echoed with the final call for the downed officers in their states.
The call is repeated; calling the officer by his badge number. Silence. Then it is repeated yet again.
The interminable radio silence is broken by the words that the officer is 10-7, 10-42, their watch has ended.
Cynthiana has 16 officers. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has eight. The Kentucky State Police also has a presence in the county.
Each day they pull on their bullet-resistant vests, pin their badges to their chests and buckle their guns around their waists. Then, they step through the safety of their homes into a workplace of unknowns.
The 14 officers killed in the line of duty, 11 of whom died within a 24-hour period, were doing the same things our officers do every day: They were on routine traffic stops and serving warrants; they were sitting inside their police stations or responding to a call of unknown trouble; they were driving alongside another vehicle or taking crime scene photographs.
Local officers have repeatedly said the most unpredictable calls are those for any domestic disturbance. There is always a question of whether there are guns in the house and if the owner of those guns would fire on an officer.
I’m thankful that our dedicated officers are willing to put themselves out there for the safety of this community. It’s not a job that just anyone could or even would do.
Sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours each of these men will call into dispatch that they are 10-8, in service. For those who make that call, say a prayer that when their shift is through, they will be able to return home to their families.
Sheriff Bruce Hampton. Det. Paul Olin. Det. Lance Hutchinson. Dep. Chris Shields. Dep. Dean Hutchinson. Dep. Nathan Gasser. Dep. Robert Peak. Dep. Nathan Olin. Dep. Steve McCauley. Dep. Tuan Kreer. Chief Ray Johnson. Assistant Chief William Denton. Sgt. Wilbur Gross. Sgt. Tim Wells. Sgt. Eric Kendall. Cpl. Walter Tapp. Ptl. Harold Whitlock. Det. Alan Judy. Ptl. Brian Hassall. Ptl. Jeff Thomas. Ptl. Michael Lyon. Ptl. Mike Kiskaden. Ptl. Joshua Carter. Rct. Nathan Linville. Rct. Joe Daniel.