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Retired police offer advice and support to stressed officers

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When police officer Christopher Matlosz was executed in broad daylight while on routine patrol on Jan. 14, 2011, shock and grief extended well beyond his family to the 119 members of the Lakewood Police Department.

“When you have an officer killed the way Chris Matlosz was — he was pretty much assassinated, he didn’t stand a chance — it’s just like a member of your family is killed,” Lakewood Police Chief Robert Lawson said.

The emotions go beyond grief and despair, he said.

“It shatters your own image of invulnerability, which you need, or you couldn’t do your job,” Lawson said.

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