A Fight Gone Bad

He's alone on the beat, 2 a.m. – on duty since 2 p.m. and about to check out, drive home and sleep. The suspect is 19 years old, muscular, and very fit. The cop is strong, experienced and well-trained; a regular at barbell training, with a deep and varied athletic history across the years, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and CrossFit. He is also 46 years old, a husband and a father. His age is tipping the scale. The suspect, about to be questioned, turns and sprints. It's run like hell, fight like hell, a close-in battle, strike hard, hit the ground hard - suspect on top. GET UP!! FAST! Tactically! Quick moves coming at him and from him a dirty fight, too close, too fast; no help, everything-anything but pull the gun; breathing fast, digging deep for the moves, the training, the life-saving reserves — O2, stamina, strength and power to finally finish it.

The cop had 27 years on this 19-year old man and finally prevailed with no life lost. It's a wake-up call — he's usually "strong enough". This time it was way-too- close. He'll train harder now. He's looking at another decade, maybe more, to retirement and, as he ages, he's worried about his family and survival in terms of his life and life-altering injury when a fight goes bad.

Every time honest, smart, dedicated police officers everywhere put on their uniforms, strap on their gear and head out to work their shift, they never know what they will encounter. Every day is different — and special. They work hard to stay informed, alert, well-trained, fit and strong. They are ready to carry out their oath to serve and protect their community in spite of being demonized by the media, the residents who believe the media and, in some cities, the Mayor who inspires the media. 

- Mary Boudreau Conover