Deputy Chief Marty Kimball with the Wheeling Police Department said that when they hear of another police officer being killed, it hits close to home.
For as many police officers there are in the country, Kimball said it really is a small community of dedicated individuals that chose to take this responsibility to protect people.
Kimball said it's hard to hear of someone making the ultimate sacrifice, but they all have a special appreciation for it.
"We try to imagine being in that situation and what we might have done, or what he might have done to have avoided the tragic circumstances," Kimball said. "You just second guess yourself to death and it's a sad thing, because there aren't that many people who are willing to jump in front of something like that and take that responsibility to protect people."
Deputy Chief Kimball said officers will talk about the situation and want to know the details so they can talk about what could have went wrong.
Kimball said that every day he is thankful that it wasn't one of his men, and he prays that it won't be tomorrow.