Don't get me wrong: I'm not trying to hurt the Wyatt Earp image. In fact, I've got a lot of respect for a man who can overcome those who acuse him of being less than perfect (God forbid a police officer or deputy actually be HUMAN) and continue to do the job with as much conviction as he actually carried. Having spent 80 years of life in this world, Wyatt Earp - either before or after his death - became an example of how some things should be done and how others shouldn't. His name has become synonymous with the image of a western sheriff or cattle town marshal. The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral will live in infamy. Attached to that is the reality that the Texas Cowboys - as western and country as they could be - have come to represent the worst and perhaps first "gang" in our country's documented history.
We tip our hat to Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp - Officer.com's first legendary lawman.