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The recent deaths of two Nassau County police officers once again reinforces the fact that these police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the public every single day.

The first officer was struck and killed by a vehicle while responding to a call about an accident on the Long Island Expressway; the other was shot and killed on the Cross Island Parkway.

The public should be grateful for having such dedicated police officers; they have a very difficult job to do each and every day. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses are truly inclusive in the definition of what heroes are.

Athletes are not heroes; they do what they do because they enjoy it. They get paid way too much money, in my opinion. All of our emergency service people should be paid the maximum salary allowable for their profession, because they deserve every single dollar of it, and then some.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and colleagues of both of these brave officers. Capital punishment needs to make a comeback in our penal system; killing a police officer is a heinous crime, and those that commit such an act need to forfeit their own lives.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows



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