Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon was killed in the line of duty on her first shift as a police officer last weekend. While 2016 has been a painful reminder of the dangers our officers face, the death of Ashley brought out a lot of emotion. While law enforcement has unfortunately become accustomed to this violent tragedy, this was different.
Ashley Guindon was murdered on her first shift as a police officer. Everyone in the profession can remember that day, the first call and even the first meal wearing the uniform. It is that remembrance that caused officers from across the country to post their “first day” police photos in honor of Ashley.
As renowed author Lt. Dan Marcou (ret) said on facebook, “I survived 33 years and yet I stand in her shadow.”
Certainly we all do. Thank you Ashley for your service, sacrifice and for giving us the gift of gratitude.
Below you will find a few photographs that we were given permission to display to you. Feel free to send us yours via facebook or attached to a facebook comment on this article. We will add them to the article as we receive them.
“In honor of the memory of Officer Ashley Guindon of Prince William County, who was killed in the line of duty responding to a domestic violence call on her first shift on the street, officers all over the nation are posting their first photos. She suvived one day and I survived 33 years and yet I stand in her shadow. God Bless you Ashley. You are gone but shall not be forgotten.”
“In honor of Officer Ashley Guindon, of the Prince William County Police Department (VA), who was tragically murdered during her first shift on the street. Police Officers from all over the United States are posting their first day photos. While it is not my first day in uniform, this is many years ago as a full-time Deputy II., Patrol Division, Santa Fe County (New Mexico) Sheriff’s Office. R.I.P. Officer Guindon.”
“In honor of rookie Officer Guindon that was killed on her first day on the job. Here is my rookie pic straight from graduation of the Academy.”
“In memory of Ofc. Ashley Guindon who was executed on her first night on the job. This is my rookie picture.”
“To honor Officer Ashley Guindon- my graduation day from the Academy- they didnt have cameras when I first started…….”
“In honor of Officer Ashley Guindon, of the Prince William County Police Department(VA), who was tragically murdered during her first tour on the job, answering her first call for service -Police Officers Nationwide are posting pictures of their first day on the job. RIP Officer Ashley Guindon. EOW: 02/27/2016 #rookiedays 1996″
“In honor of Officer Ashley Guindon”
“To Honor Officer Ashley Guindon, Prince William County, Virginia–ambushed and murdered on her first day on the J.O.B.–Officers–active and retired–are posting Rookie photos. If you don’t have a Rookie pic, post the earliest one you have. Please share. Officer Guindon was responding with other officers to a call for service, when she was senselessly & tragically gunned down.”
Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates is a current Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for Law Officer (www.lawofficer.com) and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (www.courageousleader.org), providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.