BESSEMER, Ala., (WIAT) — On any given day, in any police department in the nation, law enforcement officers like Bessemer Lt. Cortice Miles risks their lives. “You kiss your loved one goodbye and you’ll see them later. Or you may not return,” says Miles. He’s been protecting and serving for 20 years, and says hidden dangers come with the job. But he doesn’t let it interfere with his day.
The thin blue line runs even stronger in Alabama after Auburn police officer William Buechner was killed Sunday night while responding to a domestic disturbance.
The officer was allegedly gunned down by 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes. Two other officers were injured. (See related article in box)
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey says, “That is so tragic and so useless. I’m just heartbroken that a police officer was killed and I think two others were seriously wounded.”
Buechner is the third officer to be killed in the line of duty in Alabama this year, following the January killings of Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter and Mobile Police Sean Tuder. “that could have been any of us,” says Miles. Although situations like this is a reminder for Miles that being an officer can be uncertain, he thanks Buechner for his service and prays for his loved ones. The biggest respect we can give to the family continues to do the job that we are doing, and to do that job well,” says Miles.