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Originally published: 2013-02-25 13:38:17
Last modified: 2013-02-25 13:38:17

Our View: 'Preserve the dignity ... and respect the rights of all'

The shooting of N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Potts earlier this week reminds us yet again of the danger of a job in law enforcement. Just that fast: One routine traffic stop gone wrong, and a trooper is in Duke University Hospital recovering after multiple surgeries.

Potts' continuing recovery this week was hailed as "miraculous," by the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Kieran Shanahan.

Shanahan may not be far from the mark. Anytime a law enforcement officer is shot in the line of duty, but makes "it back to his cruiser ... able to give a description," as Shanahan reported, a miracle is in the works.

This incident also reminds us to once again thank our law enforcement officers for the protection they offer on a daily basis. 

And a special thank you is due to three new Boone officers for electing to enter a career that calls not only for sacrifice, but, as the oath proclaims, for duty discharged with "honor," "conscience," "dignity," "respect," "integrity," "honesty," "courtesy" and "regard."

Laudable terms, but terms that officers Dasnine "Petey" Hausley, James Lyall and Brian Woods, will juxtapose -- as all officers must be willing to do -- with the phrase "ready to confront danger" on a moment's notice.

We welcome these officers, and their service, to our community.