Police officers risk lives for the public

The reason media coverage is given to a fallen police officer is obvious. They’re frontline people, whereas construction workers are not.

Re: “Sympathy for all fatalities,” Letters, The Leader, Nov. 29.

While I wouldn’t doubt that Mr. Calder’s statement of sympathy is genuine, the overall tone of his letter appears to be slightly condescending (or perhaps corrective in nature) comparing the media coverage given to Surrey RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver’s death “on the job” as being more important than that of a construction worker who loses his/her life on the job.

It also appears to me  that Mr. Calder is comparing apples to oranges. The reason media coverage is given to a fallen police officer is obvious. They’re frontline people, whereas construction workers are not.

By frontline, I mean police put their lives on the line for the public every time they step into uniform. I doubt a construction worker puts his life on the line for the public each time he picks up a tool.

That doesn’t mean construction workers should receive less sympathy or media coverage if they lose their life on the job, however, I believe the reason I stated speaks for itself.

Unfortunately, by nature, the public is more curious about police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc., whereupon the media would tend to shine the spotlight more brightly than others.

 

Brian Batke, Cloverdale

Just Posted

Surrey mayor says city won’t repay $56M spent on LRT, but might pony up $40M in land transfers

There will be no tax increase for Surrey residents resulting from this, McCallum confirms

VIDEO: Surrey firefighters reach $1 million milestone in giving

For the first time in a single year, the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society raised - and gave out - more than $1 million

Fentanyl found at a Delta high school, district says

Warning issued after fake Xanax pills confiscated from a student were found to contain opioids

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre to close in February for ‘scheduled maintenance’

Fitness centre at the South Surrey facility will remain open during the pool closure, the city notes

White Rock councillors speak out on $100,000 art project

A hospital sculpture, paid for by city, draws criticism

MAP: Christmas light displays in Surrey, Langley and beyond

Send us pictures of your National Lampoon-style lit-up homes, nativity scenes or North Pole playlands

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Vancouver says court decision allows it to close illegal pot shops

The city says it filed 53 injunctions against businesses that were operating outside its regulations,

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Dress like Santa to ski for free in Whistler

Nearly 90 centimetres of snow has fallen since Wednesday, with more expected into the weekend.

Kazakstan’s U20 team takes 4-3 win over Lower Mainland university squad

Thursday night’s game is one of four the visitors are playing at the Langley Events Centre.

Fashion Fridays: How to change your beauty routine

Kim XO, lets you in on her style secrets each Fashion Friday on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read