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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  • by john Location: taylor on Sep 18, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    To Fed Up Tax payer, you're an idiot. Bullets can riccochet, things happen. The person they were shooting at had a deadly weapon called a 3,000 pound vehicle. When used against you that threat must be stopped. If you were an officer I'm sure you would have just let your fellow officers get run over. Idiot.
  • by Fed Up Tax payer Location: Wood County on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:03 PM
    So why were these police officers in a position to be shooting at each other? Weren't they paying attention to where everyone was? Apparently not or this would not have happened. And is it standard operating procedure to fire upon someone that rammed your vehicle? And the guy that they shot at was UNARMED!!!
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