After Losing One Of Their Own, Police Officers Go On 'Autopilot'

We have a job to do every day. We know every day that we suit up that this could possibly happen

Lynne Hayes-Freeland
July 18, 2019 - 12:56 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - When a police officer is killed in the line of duty, it sends ripples throughout the community affecting everyone but no one, outside the victim’s family, feels it more than law enforcement.

Pittsburgh Police officer, 36-year-old Calvin Hall who was shot in the back three times while reportedly trying to break up an altercation while off-duty succumb to his injuries Wednesday.

Hall was a two-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Department and before that was an officer in Braddock and at Point Park University.

Retired City of Pittsburgh Police Detective Brenda Tate tells KDKA Radio’s Lynne Hayes Freeland how the death of an officer affects their colleagues.

Tate says the death of Hall reopens old wounds for her because he was part of witness protection in 2004 and was in the middle of caring for the family of the three officers shot and killed in Stanton Heights.

Tate says the whole department goes into “automatic pilot”.

“Everybody sort of bonds together, however they still have a mission within the department,” said Tate. “We have a job to do every day. We know every day that we suit up that this could possibly happen.”

Pennsylvania State flags will fly at half-staff through sunset Thursday, City of Pittsburgh flags will fly at half-staff through Officer Hall’s funeral.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced for Officer Hall.

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