Deadly police ambush hitting officers' families hard

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 1:31 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2016 at 2:27 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - As a community mourns the loss of three officers killed in Sunday's deadly ambush in Baton Rouge, the news is hitting family members of officers across the country especially hard. We sat down with the wife of a local police officer.

Allison Braxton-Baehr doesn't take a day for granted.

"I don't want to cry, but, it is, it is very hard, it's scary, I have a 4 year old I have to think about, not having a father, if he walked out the door and didn't come home, that is tough," said Braxton-Baehr.

She's married to a member of the NOPD and she worries about his safety every single day.

"Every day before we leave to go to work and to school we do what's called group hug in the kitchen. We never know if we're going to see Daddy again," said Braxton-Baehr.

If that wasn't hard enough, there's no question this month has been especially difficult for officers across the country.

"You try to shield your children from stuff, but even at 4 he kind of knows something's wrong. Daddy might be talking to his cop friends on the phone and he's like, 'Daddy we have to pray for those officers,'" said Braxton-Baehr.

While what happened in Dallas and Baton Rouge weighs heavily on law enforcement, LSU Health Psychiatry Chair Dr. Howard Osofsky says it's also very stressful for their families.

"The officers worry about their own families, and their families, their spouses, their children worry about them, especially now. Is everything going to be okay? So, it is a difficult time. At the same time, it's important to remember that these episodes are isolated and most of the time things do go well," said Osofsky.

Braxton-Baehr says she tries not to think about it and relies on prayer.

"You just wonder, I guess, when is it going to end, when is it going to stop and you pray for peace," said Braxton-Baehr. "I'm scared to cut the TV on to see what's next, so, I kind of backed off watching TV because I really can't take it."

If you or someone you know is having a tough time, Osofsky recommends limiting the amount of time you watch media coverage of the recent events both on TV and online. If, you're having an especially hard time with it, he says there is no shame in getting counseling. 
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