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GPD officer says routine calls often the most dangerous

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Every day, law enforcement officers, just like Officer Alexander Thalmann, put their lives on the line to protect us and keep our communities safe.

From a routine traffic stop to an active shooter situation, police in the east never know what their day will be like.

9 On Your Side spoke with a Greenville police officer who says it's the routine calls that are often the most dangerous, because you don't know what type of situation you're walking in to.

Corporal Mike Broadwell has been with Greenville for the past 10 years and was named the Pitt County American Legion Officer of the Year.
He was one of the first officers on the scene at the Walmart shooting last June and also came face to face with an armed suspect a month later.

"When we respond to active shots fired or when we know we have casualties or people down, most of the general public is going to be running away from the situation and, as law enforcement, it's our job to run right to the gun fire and try to eliminate or stop that threat,” said Corporal Mike Broadwell, Greenville Police Department. “And as a career that's what we do as police officers."

He says officers are trained to never back down and says every officer in every city across the country deserves recognition for the work they do to protect their communities.

Because you never know when a routine call, traffic stop, or questioning could turn deadly.

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