End of Watch hits close to home

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – End of watch. Another police officer killed.

It’s not a call anyone wants to get.

But it was a call made in July 2011 in Terre Haute.

Another wife, waiting to hear from her officer husband, that day, was the longest of her life.

“That was a very hard day for all of us. He was out of touch. I couldn’t get ahold of him. I didn’t know exactly what was going on. Preliminary reports were already on the news,” said Mandy Ribolla, police officer wife.

This week, National Police Week, is centered out of Washington D.C. This week honors officers killed in the line of duty. Every year, Washington D.C. spends the week in tribute to those who’ve died.

“The officers that die each year are remembered there,” said James Ribolla, patrolman at the Terre Haute Police Department.

But it also hits close to home. The ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Their spouses never sure if this is the night they won’t come home.

“It’s very scary to know he’s out there working and to know that something has happened. You have no idea if he’s safe, or if his brother is safe. Not knowing what’s going on all the time, is very difficult,” said Mandy.

Nationally, 40 officers already faced death this year alone, more than 100 last year.

This one week set aside as a week of appreciation.

“For those of us who do this and are aware of what each one of those names and each one of those situations represents, it is important. It is,” said James.

And in remembrance of the fallen to make sure they’re never forgotten.

“It’s nice for those things to be remembered. For each one of those men, and each one of those families, it was the ultimate sacrifice,” said James. “They remain a part of our department.”

Putting their lives on the line every day to protect the innocent.

“There are days when we make people unhappy. It’s nice when the community is so giving to us. It feels nice to be appreciated,” said James.

One local non-profit organization is also helping appreciate our local officers.

For information on how you can help, send an email to thpdspouseauxiliary@hotmail.com.

There’s also a candlelight vigil coming up this Tuesday for our fallen officers at 8:00 p.m. at the Terre Haute Police Department.

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