Gov. Mike Pence got it right when he called this a "week of heartbreak."

Pence was referring to the loss of three law enforcement officers in the line of duty over eight days.

Thirty-one-year-old Tipton County Deputy Jacob Calvin of Kempton died June 28 when his car crashed while he was responding to an automobile accident. Fifty-one-year-old Indianapolis Police Office Perry Renn died in a gun fight Saturday and 47-year-old Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield was found shot in his patrol car Sunday.

If we were to believe what we see on television police officers would fire their weapons at least once an hour, and their trusted K-9 partners would leap into action and bring the bad guys down. In reality, many officers retire having never fired their weapons - except at a firing range.

Make no mistake, though, police work is dangerous and stressful and when an officer reports to work, he or she never knows what dangers they might encounter.

Facing physical danger in a job means that you must put fears aside when you run into a situation from which others are fleeing, and consider the safety of others before your own.

We mourn with the families and friends of the officers who died.

Remember to thank those men and women who serve and protect us in the Courierarea.

You are appreciated.