The police who stopped the UCC gunman

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A lot of police have been getting a bad rap in the past year or so. A lot of it is definitely deserved but police who save lives should receive just as much if not more attention than those who are the bad apples.

For example take Sgt. Joe Kaney and Det. Todd Spingath of the Roseburg, Oregon, police department. They are the ones who disabled the Umpqua Community College gunman before he took his own life and they rushed into action with little regard for their own safety.

The two plain-clothes police veterans ran toward the gunfire without hesitation, even though they were not wearing bullet-proof vests and had no idea how soon more backup would arrive.

And when the gunman started firing at them, Kaney and Spingath did not stop until they stopped him.

Without these brave men there could have been many more deaths and injuries.

Men and women like this who put their lives on the line in a thankless job to protect the public need to be better recognized for their actions.

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