Cops' Families Support Each Other

By: Katherine Cook Email
By: Katherine Cook Email

The impact of Officer Ken Jordan's death will long be felt by people all over Southern Colorado, especially those who say it could have been their husbands or wives who were shot that night. A reality that leads them to each other to for support. Tuesday afternoon, I met 7 such people-- all wives of Colorado Springs Police Officers. We gathered in Kristy's living room, after what the women say had been an especially tough week. Carrie's husband was involved in a shooting last year. She says she remembers how she made it through that difficult time.
"I got so many supportive phone calls from police officers and their wives-- they're our family."
A family that understands each other completely, said Melissa.
"When these tragedies happen, a lot of people will ask, 'how do you feel? Don't you worry about him every day?' I say no, I don't... you can't."
Everyone in the room agreed, saying if they focused on what could happen, they would go crazy. Instead, the women-- whose husbands represent a combined 82 years of law enforcement-- say they focus on what they can do.
"Lately, it's been an extra hug," said Kristy.
Melissa says she focuses on what is certain.
"We have 2 sons who idolize their dad because of what he does. That's part of it, so I wouldn't change anything."
Even the risks, fears and potential for loss.
"It's who he is," said Barbara. "He's such a wonderful person that we know we'll be okay, no matter what."


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