The silent pain is how Althea describes the pain felt by the husbands and wives, parents, children, and friends of cops everywhere. Unlike most citizens who are so wrapped up in their own busy lives, and who probably only take note of the current violence against cops if it happens to one of their community's officers, this is a group who may not wear the badge but loves someone who does. They follow the stories, cry at the newscasts of another lost, check out the police websites, go to the shift parties, and learn to care about those their loved one calls brothers and sisters.
They also worry.
Stay safe for them. Accept their gifts of support and concern, and offer them yours. Help each other stay grounded, and keep perspective.
Stay safe, keep having fun, and remember... NOT TODAY!! Not on this shift, not on this call, not on this stop! I will not be caught unaware!!