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The Daily Risks First Responders Take

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A Charleston police officer died this past weekend from what city officials say was "friendly fire."

The incident is now drawing more attention to the risk first responders face on a daily basis.

Local police officers say there's a lot more to it than putting on a uniform and going to work.

To the public eye, Marietta police officer Jon Blasko is a symbol of safety.

"It's a job, and a lot of people say it's just a job, but it does affect your life off duty too," Blasko said.

And for those who know him off duty, he's not just a police officer. He's also a friend, a brother and a son.

"Of course he tries to tell us what to do all the time now that he's an authority, but it doesn't do him any good," Blasko's father, Albert Blasko, said.

All jokes aside, Officer Blasko's father couldn't be more proud of his son.

"It makes us a little nervous, but we try not to show it to him," he said.

Police officers lay their lives on the line on a daily basis; and with that risk, it takes a special kind of person to wear the badge.

"I don't want to see anything get out of hand in this town. Any major crime sprees, or spread of drugs, home invasions, burglaries, thefts; that's a big part of it," Officer Blasko said.


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