Local Hero, Marine Veteran and Plymouth Twp. K-9 Officer Killed in The Line of Duty on September 13th 2012

Local Hero, Marine Veteran and Plymouth Twp. K-9 Officer Killed in The Line of Duty on September 13th 2012

For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we are grateful that such men and women were among us. For those who continue to serve, we honor their commitment. For those who return to civilian life, we honor their service. ~Author Unknown

There was something inside me pushing and pushing to write our local hero, friend, son, husband, father and brother, which gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life in the line of duty, a farewell letter.

When I heard this tragic news, I was overcome by a sick feeling in my stomach. My mind started to race with thoughts such as, was he alone, what did he go through, what are/will his fellow officers go through, his poor family and what they are/will go through for the rest of their lives. And of course, his partner, K-9 Nick who lost his best friend. It immediately brought me back 12 years ago when I was involved in my shooting. The thousand emotions that run through your body when you hear tragic news like this. No matter where it happens, however the feeling was different knowing that he was local and only lived 15 minutes from me in Gilbertsville, Pa.

There are approximately 800,000 Full-Time uniformed Police Officers that protect our country 24/7, 365 days a year. According to the Officer down Memorial Page http://www.odmp.org/search/year, so far this year (2012) there has been 83 in The Line of Duty deaths across the United States. However, when it hits close to home, it stops you in your tracks.

Officer Bradley Fox responded to a hit and run accident in Plymouth Township, Pa. where the suspect fled from his vehicle. Officer Fox confronted the suspect on a bike trail where he was shot in the head. Officer Fox’s K-9 partner Nick was also shot. Officer Fox succumbed to his injuries a day before his 35th birthday.

Officer Bradley Fox was a decorated Staff-Sergeant with The United States Marine Corp. He served two tours in Iraq protecting our country and freedom. He lost his life serving and protecting the citizens of Plymouth Township, Pa. He leaves behind an expectant wife of 3 months and young daughter.

This tragic event can and will cause effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for surviving family, friends and colleagues. I would recommend that you speak to a professional about how you’re feeling. Talk about it. Get it out of your chest. Do not allow anything to fester. My effects of PTSD didn’t affect me until 1-2 years later or at least that’s how long it took me to realize it.

Happy 35th Birthday to a great man who gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life in the line of duty. He was a great man, son, husband, father, Marine, Police Officer and friend . He will be sadly missed. May god bless him and his surviving family and friends.

My hope is that his name will live on forever in the hearts of his communities, fellow colleagues and Officers across this great country by changing the name of the Plymouth Township Police Department in memory of Officer Bradley Fox.

I’m John R. Salkowski, Founder of AchieveSuccessAcademy.com™, Retired Police Officer, Survivor of PTSD stemming from a shoot and kill robbery incident, Expert on Leadership, Success, Overcoming Adversity, Fear & PTSD. Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, Author of 3 books; Leadership in The Line of Duty™: 50 Leadership Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Who Has Been in Life and Death Situations, Leadership in The Line of Duty™: Success Thoughts and Quotes for Leaders and Nothing But Net: Top Secrets to increase your bottom line, Health, Wealth & Success.

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