When a 25-year veteran police officer got a call about a thug armed with an AR-15, shooting a group of teens at a house party, he wasted no time storming the scene and taking down the active shooter, saving many lives in the process. However, as soon as he returned to the police department, the local hero was immediately greeted with a letter of termination.
As leftist America rages against our law enforcement, our men and women in blue arrive at work each day knowing it could be their last. Still, they selflessly serve the communities that hate them for nothing more than their career path. Unfortunately, regulations by desperate departments haven’t made it any easier for our public servants to protect us, themselves, or even each other.
When Brier Police Officer Dan Anderson heard officers’ cries for help over his radio on July 30, he knew he had to respond quickly to a nearby suburban home in Mukilteo, Washington. Although it wasn’t under his jurisdiction, he felt a responsibility to his fellow officers and the innocent teens they were attempting to save.
According to Blue Lives Matter, Anderson rushed to the scene to find Allen Ivanov, 19, shooting at friends and classmates with an AR-15. Upset at Anna Bui, 19, over their breakup, Ivanov shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and 2 of their peers, Jordan Ebner and Jacob Long. After 18-year-old survivor Will Kramer was shot, Anderson arrived and took action.
As one of the first officials on the scene, the 25-year law enforcement veteran assisted his fellow officers in making entry to the home and taking Ivanov into custody before he could murder another victim. However, instead of gratitude for saving the teens’ lives, Anderson returned to find that Brier Police Chief Mike Catlett was so upset that Anderson left his patrol area that he fired him, KIRO-7 reports.
“I’m looking for work,” Anderson explained. “Chief (Mike) Catlett came in at about 4:30 in the morning on Monday morning in the last hour of my shift and told me it wasn’t working out and he let me go. When I asked him why, he said it was because I left the city of Brier unprotected to respond to the Mukilteo shooting.”
Chief Catlett justified the termination because Anderson was the only officer on duty in Brier that night, citing that he needed him on standby in case an incident occurred in that location. However, no such incident occurred. In fact, in the town of roughly 6,000 people, only one patrol officer is typically needed per night because Brier has very few cases of violent crime. Also, Blue Lives Matter points out that in the event of such a call, there are nearby agencies that were available to respond.
Still, Chief Catlett is standing by his decision, one that has forced Anderson to search for other work.
“I think [the chief] was trying to do right by the city of Brier and I agree with that philosophically but ultimately when officers are asking for help, how can you expect a good officer to turn a deaf ear to that?” Anderson asked rhetorically, adding, “I can’t understand that and if that means it’s time for me to find another line of work, so be it.”
Ivanov has since been charged with 3 counts of aggravated first-degree murder, 1 count of attempted murder, and 1 count of first-degree assault. Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe could also request the death penalty. However, while Roe seeks justice in Ivanov’s case, one hero officer is out of a job and perhaps faith in humanity as well.
We expect these men and women to put their lives on the line for no incentive other than mediocre pay and a personal sense of pride. Then, we mock, disrespect, and condemn them for simply doing their jobs. They are forced to toe the line with regulations that sometimes make their jobs even more dangerous and, if obeyed, could leave themselves or fellow officers injured or killed.
This police officer risked his life to save not only his brothers in service but also innocent civilians only to be reprimanded and fired. The most incredible detail is that he’d most likely do it the exact same way if he could go back in time, knowing he’d be without his beloved career — and for that, we say, “Thank you, Officer Anderson.”