In 2014, over 13,000 law enforcement officers were injured in the line of duty in the United States. While most of these injuries are minor, the serious injuries leave officers, families, agencies and communities at a loss of what to do next.
Here, we will tell the stories of officers whose day did not go as planned. A vehicle collision. A gunshot wound. A fall. All of these officers have something in common – they are still here… still fighting… and still living.
By sharing these stories, we can all better understand the impact that these traumatic injuries have on officers, families, agencies, and communities.
Officer Kenneth Baribault, Nassau County, New York, Police Department
||With just one hour left in his shift, Officer Kenneth Baribault could never have guessed the impact his last traffic stop would have on him that day in May 2008. While waiting for assistance with an arrest in his marked patrol car on one later-convicted drink driver, a second later-convicted drunk driver hit him from behind on the Long Island Expressway going over 90 MPH. The accident left him fighting for his life with a 10% chance of survival. But survive he did – with a traumatic brain injury and years of rehabilitation in his future. Thanks to the help of his family and the Nassau County Police Department, Officer Baribault has been able to stay connected to his fellow officers and retire when he is ready.
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