Editorial: Respect for those who answer the call

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 02:26 PM.

It is natural to flee from what we fear. It makes sense to get away from anything that may do us harm.

Yet, there are some who can put that fear aside and go toward the danger, and they do it on a daily basis.

Lt. Brian Borton, Sgt. Jim Fahnestock and Officer Loren Boone were shot last week during an altercation with a man who wanted to harm himself.

When the report of a man firing a gun came into the police department, Havelock officers didn’t hesitate. They didn’t flee. They went toward the danger, putting their own safety and lives at risk.

Borton was at home on his lunch break, but knew the address from where the call came was just a few houses down from where he lived.

Details of exactly what happened inside the room where the three were shot haven’t been officially released, but by all accounts, they entered the room to help. They wanted to prevent Berry from harming himself. As a result, they were injured.

The best news is that all will be OK, though Fahnestock required surgery to his left hand where he was shot.

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