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The brotherhood of law enforcement

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NEW BERN, N.C. -
For New Bern Police Chief Toussaint E. Summers, Jr., all of his police officers including fallen Officer Alexander Thalmann are represented by a thin blue line between two black bars.

"Officer Thalmann's legacy will forever remind us that there still exists a thin blue line between good and evil," Chief Summers said.

Though today that thin blue line is bent as the law enforcement brotherhood lays to rest one of its own.

Whenever a police officer dies, it's an emotional blow to that brotherhood; such a painful shock to lose a brother like Officer Alexander Thalmann that police officers from all across the country including members of the Chicago Police Department came to his funeral.

"You have to be a special person to be a police officer, and I think that we just understand what it takes and what it means to lose somebody," Officer Nathalie Gregerson of the Chicago Police Dept. said. "We want to give the best support that we possibly can."

It's why that blue line is so thin. Very few people can be a police officer.

A select group of people are walking the unbelievably narrow tight rope between the good and the evil in the world.

"We all know what it's like out there," Officer Gregerson said. "It's tough and we lost our own friends. The least we can do is support."

Though the line is bent, it doesn't break.

As Chief Summers emphasized, the line can never break.

"And we as law enforcement officers must remain ready to stand between the good and evil," Chief Summers said. "Protect and serve."
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