If you are despondent about all the bad publicity you’ve seen this year about police officers, read In the Evil Day by Richard Adams Carey and you will be reminded of the thousands and thousands of officers who protect and serve us every day and what would happen to you and I if they were not there ready and willing to lay down their lives for ours.  In August 1997, an unstable man named Carl Drega went on a rampage in the small town of Colebrook NH.  Drega felt like he was  “picked on” by town officials because of code violations (which in reality he was cut a lot of slack) and was a thorn in their sides, always showing up at meetings and refusing to leave, asking for years old minutes of meetings and becoming enraged when they were not instantaneously available.  But he seemed to be just a pest.  Mix in the death of his wife and the availability of guns and bomb making materials to him and it was only a matter of time before he blew up.  When his rampage ended state troopers were dead, the newspaper editor was dead, a judge was dead.  Other officers were badly wounded.  Conservation officers, state police, and town police officers were all involved in trying to stop Drega – a lot of them weren’t even on duty, they just heard everything start over the scanner and everyone dropped whatever they were doing to go see how they could help their fellow officers.  Oh, and by the way, Colbrook police officer pay was so low at that time that officers qualified for food stamps!  This book is so sad on so many levels but should be required reading.

Stacy W