HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) The job of a first responder is a crucial one to communities across the United States.
But it is also dangerous. In fact, in the last two months, the deaths of more than a dozen first responders have made national headlines.
The helicopter crash in Clay County is just the latest example this year of emergency workers giving their lives while doing their jobs.
Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis died when he was ambushed while picking up tree limbs on an exit ramp of Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. Police continue to search for his killer.
Mingo County, West Virginia Sheriff Eugene Crum was gunned down in April while he was eating lunch in his cruiser. Police arrested Tennis Maynard for the crime. He’s pleaded not guilty.
Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson was killed while fighting a fire at a condo last month. Wilson became trapped inside the burning building and was unable to get out.
MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed in April during a confrontation with the Boston bombing suspects.
Out of 14 people killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April, nine of those were firefighters.
These are just a few examples of how dangerous the jobs of our first responders really are, and the bravery it takes for these men and women to die while protecting the communities they serve.