Dear Editor: My prayers and thoughts are with the two injured officers, the Newton County Sheriffs Department and the men's families. Even though I do not reside in Newton County, I worked in the county for over 20 years. In that time I came to appreciate the Newton County Sheriffs Department for their interest in the welfare of the citizens, the professionalism they exhibit, and the integrity with which they perform their duties. I never voiced my appreciation for the sacrifices they and their families make. I do now. Thank you.