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Life Not Easy for Law Enforcement Officers' Wives

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RALEIGH — When people say goodbye to their spouses inthe morning, they never really know if they will see him or her at the endof the day. But for the spouses of police officers, that fear ismagnified. The shooting deaths of two officers Tuesday was just one ofmany recent examples of officers getting killed in the line of duty.

Kathy Linthicum is married to Raleigh Police Detective David Linthicum.They have two children. She says they talked about the dangers before theymarried.

Despite her fears, the couple married. Now, she worries about herhusband on a daily basis, but when Raleigh Detective Paul Hale was killedin July, she says it really hit home.

Amy Holloway shares Linthicum's concerns. Her husband is a policeofficer an was on bike patrol in downtown Chapel Hill in January 1995.That's when a gunman opened fire killing two people.

Amy's husband was not hur, but she still worries. Still, both womensay, you can't spend all your time consumed by anxiety.

Spouses of police officers have formed support groups in many areas. The common goal members is to get to know one another and share commonissues. In Wake County the Law Enforcement Support Group has recently organized.

Anyone interested in more information about the group can email.

Photographer:Keith Baker

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