I felt really satisfied after closing this book. I felt a lot of things but that was the most overwhelming feeling. It's not often a book makes me feel like that.
I assumed, when I got this book, that it'd be an okay read and maybe would open my eyes to a few things. Well, it did that and more.
Like most people, when I think of the police I groan. I think speeding tickets and harassment over stupid stuff. I've never needed them to come to my aid for anything real serious so I never stopped to really think about them.
I see why some people can't understand that the "heroes" of our world are sports stars and movie stars and musicians. That speaks volumes about our world, sadly. :(
I read a few reviews, on this site and others, that said some of these stories were written like a police report. I'm not sure how many of those who wrote that have actually read a police report but that's neither here nor there. Even if it were true, I don't see what's bad about that. Uh, they are police officers, not authors, and everyone reading the book knew this, or should have known this going in. Why complain about it? What were they expecting? Great writing? Anyway, I didn't think that was the case at all. From my speculation on how a police report would/could read, I came in contact with ONE story that STARTED out with this sort of writing and that's it. Moving on....
I can't wait to read Sutton's next book and I think this is an awesome idea for a book - there should be more - tons more. It really made me think about the things these officers see and go through. And it's things that the average person, myself very much included could not deal with. I don't even have words to tell about some of the stories and it would do no good if I did - you have to read them yourself.
Lastly, I'd like to point out that these police officers, fire fighters, EMT's, etc. all do their jobs, saving lives and getting monsters off the street while we idolize a basketball star. Or Brad Pitt. That's something to chew on for a few minutes.
From the cover: After September 11, 2001, Las Vegas Police Sargeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforement officers - his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets police life. Hundreds of active and former officers from all over the United States responded: men and women from big cities and small towns.