(WECT) - Dozens of children are without a father and several wives became widows as law enforcement deaths by gunfire spiked 78 percent in the first half of the year.
Amidst headlines of anti-law enforcement protests and use-of-force backlash, the stories of those lost and those who have survived shootings fade into the background.
Of the 39 men and women shot and killed in the line of duty this year, none are a household name though they died defending someone else's.
Each officer was killed while responding to an emergency call. Some were murdered with their own gun when it was swiped and turned on them; fourteen were killed in an ambush-style attack.
Survivors of shootings are now watching their fellow officers become open targets for violence and death threats.
Eric Bryan, Stephen Lanier and Mike Fey are three such men. Hear their stories of survival in a special report from Casey Roman Wednesday night on WECT News at 11.