Every time a police officer makes a routine traffic stop, they know they could be injured or killed while on the job. Every single year in the U.S., an average of 56,000 law enforcement officers are assaulted. More troubling – Every 53 hours a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty.
Today on POLICE RADIO, the voice of American Law Enforcement – is a lawman himself, who after witnessing the deaths of Law Enforcement Officers all over the country – decided he needed to do something to lend support to this growing crisis. He created “53 Hours”, a non-profit organization that is making a difference across America. Lieutenant Randy Sutton believes that the tide maybe turning in the “War On Cops” at least in terms of how the American people are now showing their support in ways never seen before.
“The rhetoric that’s going on around our country through the media and so on is extremely negative, and it’s our mission to try and change that,” Jon Folbrecht.
Jon Folbrecht is an 11 year veteran deputy sheriff in Martin County, Florida, the founder and leader of Heroes Memorial Foundation, a nationwide non-profit with the mission of Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Extreme Situations also known as H.E.R.O.E.S. The Heroes Memorial Foundation manages the popular Facebook page 53 Hours that reports news about law enforcement and corrections Heroes.
Jon is an active law enforcement and corrections adjunct instructor at the Indian River State College with multiple instructor certifications. He is also a US Army Veteran where he earned the rank of Specialist and was awarded the Army Good Conduct medal, Outstanding Volunteer Award, Army Service Ribbon, Army Parachutist badge and Army Parachute Rigger badge. Jon received an Honorable discharge from the US Army in 2002.
Also in today’s Briefing Room, Lieutenant Sutton explores the possibility that perhaps the ‘tide is turning’ when it comes to the perception of law enforcement today. He provides one such recent example from Ohio, where a server, Jessica Dunbar from Red Robin Restaurant was so moved by what 9 officers had experienced that day on the job – that she dug into her own pocket and picked up the entire tab for lunch. You can read more on this story here.