Too often, it's easy for society to think of police officers in negative terms. Veteran officers will often say it's because when a police officer shows up, something bad has happened.
In the case of the awful blast that claimed the life of a teenaged girl and left her family without home or possessions, something unimaginably bad happened. But the police are providing some comfort and leading the way in helping the family move forward.
Fraternal Order of Police lodges in Steubenville, Weirton and Brooke County came out with a $10,000 donation to the family of George and Tracy Mozingo of Follansbee, whose Eldersville Road home was destroyed in the Oct. 11 blast that also took the life of 13-year-old Hannah.
The blast destroyed the home, leaving only splinters, scattered possessions and memories. It is not possible for anyone to imagine or share the burden the family must feel at its loss.
But it is possible to help, to be a community that wraps caring arms around the family. The police officers of the area have done that, and various organizations continue to try to raise funds to help the Mozingo family.
We commend the members of the FOP lodges that participated in putting together the check that was presented Monday.
A tag day will be held Nov. 3 at the Weirton Wal-Mart, again led by the police officers.
We join with the Mozingo family in saying thanks for displaying the big hearts that reside behind the tough veneer of the men in blue.