ANDREW, THEODORAKIS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Over 10 years ago, a police force rejected my application. During law school, I turned down a different agency's offer to join their squad. After seeing what the officers deal with on a daily basis - unending calls, no sleep, an abnormal schedule, the threat of violence in every encounter - I'm not sure how well I would have done. I'm certain I was not mature enough to have that kind of responsibility in my early 20's.
Although, I would be halfway towards retiring...
But still, 12 NYPD officers survived gunshots (there were 9 total in the three years before that) in the course of their duty this year. Here's hoping to a speedy recovery and that we all learn to keep our cool. No one ever wins in a gunfight.