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The reality of being a police officer

PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The reality of going to work and not returning home can hit lawmen and their families hard. On any given day, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for people they don't even know.

Captain Tim Sarrett, with the Pearl Police Department, has been in 4 shootout's during his 27 year tenure.

Captain Tim Sarrett says every time an officer is injured or killed, it hits home.

"It's in every ordinary day you get up and think everything is going to be a good day," said Sarrett. "And then all of a sudden something happens that you are in the line of fire or you are in harms way."

Captain Sarrett said officers have a close and lasting bond and added that it's important to tell family and friends how much they love them, and appreciate them on a daily basis.

Sarrett said when tragedy occurs, there are many victims that suffer.

Officers in Mississippi often reach out for counseling from LEAP, The Law Enforcement Alliance for Peer Support, during troubling times.

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