Fleet says anywhere between 1,000 and 1,200 protective orders are filed annually in Fayette County alone. So officers and deputies face these high-risk cases with regularity, but each one is unpredictable.
“They were defending the community and their county. They were performing their job duties. It takes brave, special people to do what they were doing to start with. I look at each one of them as heroes,” said Rowe.