FWPD officer has heavy heart, but proud to be patrolling Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) –  Within the first few hours of Officer Jonathan Horne’s shift, several people came up and thanked him for what he does. The Fort Wayne Police Officer said he had a heavy heart at work after hearing about the death of five officers in Dallas the night before, but there was work to be done.

“You know, it was shocking,” Horne said.

A thousand miles away, Horne knows something like that can happen anywhere.

“It could happen,” Horne said. “We pray it could never happen and come to Fort Wayne, but it very well could.”

Even with more on his mind, he has to be aware of what’s going on around him as situations can change quickly for police officers. While NewsChannel 15 rode along in his car Horne talked about how it’s important to relax after a hectic day at work when he got a call about a burglary in progress over the radio. He put the sirens on and started to increase his speed.

In this case, the burglary ended up being a false alarm, but it’s another example of how quickly an officer’s day can change.

“We could be stopping in at the Starbucks just enjoying a nice cup of coffee, the next thing you know you have to be going hands on with somebody and fight,” Horne said.

Horne went home that night, something he’s thankful for every day.

“Those officers went to work that day just like I do, and they’re not able to go home,” Horne said.

Horne emphasized the focus over the last few years on active shooter training. So, he said if something like Dallas were to happen here they’re prepared.

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