This is why ‘first responders’ (which includes firefighters and medical teams as well) are to be honored for the roles they fill, placing themselves in harms way for the benefit of the citizens of their communities.
This has to be especially difficult, not only for the family of the slain officer, but for the woman who was set free due to his sacrifice.
‘He has fallen a hero’: French siege gendarme who replaced hostage dies
Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame was shot in throat by gunman Redouane Lakdim after exchanging himself for one of the people held in supermarket
The French gendarme who was shot after he swapped places with a hostage being held by a terrorist gunman has died.
Interior minister Gérard Collomb announced the death of Lt-ColArnaud Beltrame shortly before 6am French time on Saturday.
“We will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice. With a heavy heart, I send the support of the entire country to his family, friends and colleagues of the Gendarmerie of the Aude,” Collomb tweeted.
Shortly afterwards, President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement saying he was “deeply moved” to learn of the officer’s death from his injuries.
Beltrame was left fighting for his life after he was shot in the throat by Radouane Lakdim at the end of a four-hour supermarket siege in the sleepy town of Trèbes near Carcassonne in southern France on Friday.
The gendarme had volunteered to take the place of a female hostage being held by Lakdim, who had gunned down a member of staff and a customer at the store, after shouting his allegiance to Islamic State. Earlier, the 25-year-old had hijacked a car, shooting and seriously injuring the driver and killing the passenger, and had shot at a group of CRS playing football.