We commend and endorse the resolution of the Watauga County Board of Commissioners to set aside April 28 to honor Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox, along with all officers, who risk their lives each day to protect and serve our community. We remember with them the three members of the Ligon/Barnes family who died that day and those who love them and mourn their loss.

These five deaths are among many that we repeatedly mourn because we have for too long neglected and underfunded measures to address deadly effects of serious mental illness. Sometimes the violence occurs at the hands of persons with serious mental illnesses, but most often they are the victims.

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