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Letter: Collins injury illustrates danger

Suffolk Police officers and brass dominated the list

Suffolk Police officers and brass dominated the list of top county earners in 2014, accounting for 284 of the 300 highest paid active workers, according to the legislative budget office. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Newsday's story about Suffolk Police Officer Mark Collins, who sustained very serious gunshot wounds while on a routine traffic stop and investigation, gives stark evidence of the nature of police work [" 'Lucky and relieved,' " News, March 16].

In addition, in September, Police Officer Nicholas Guerrero was injured in a hit-and-run incident while conducting a similar type of investigation.

Police officers take an oath to protect all of us, even at risk to themselves. During my term as Suffolk Police commissioner, I saw firsthand what price officers from this and other departments paid at times to keep that pledge.

To echo the words of Police Commissioner Edward Webber, Collins is a hero, and we are thankful.

John C. Gallagher, Miller Place


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