Reaching Out by Chris Richards

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This is another photograph from the funeral of the first officer killed on duty ever in my city. I was surprised when I looked through all of my images at the end of that day and found this one, an officer seemingly ‘reaching out’ to another one who appears to be taken by his emotions as they line up to begin the procession to the graveyard. I’ve entered this in the Compassion competiton, as I believe it not only shows the truest and purest form of compassion, but also demonstrates how anyone and everyone, even the most hardened and oldest of the police force can be overcome by their emotions, and when that is recognised, how they are also not afraid to offer each other the comfort they may need at the moment. We are all human, we all have feelings, and we all need to be given that extra hand around the shoulder, pat on the back, or words of healing from time to time.

This is life.
This is real.

Life is real.


  • BethBernier
    BethBernierover 7 years ago

    Great tones…and the interaction of the officers makes me wonder about what they were doing!

  • MrsBuden
    MrsBudenabout 7 years ago

    Wow – another stunning shot!

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerralmost 7 years ago

    Great piece of photojournalism.

  • Thanks Melinda! It was definitely an a sad but interesting day, seeing all the pomp and circumstance involved in an officer’s unfold =)

    – Chris Richards

  • Cathie Tranent
    Cathie Tranentalmost 7 years ago

    Great capture Chris. Sometimes actions do speak louder than words.

  • SD Smart
    SD Smartalmost 7 years ago

    Your image and your words speak volumes.

  • Barry W  King
    Barry W Kingover 6 years ago

    This speaks volumes Chris…great work

  • photoperspect
    photoperspectover 6 years ago

    I love this one Chris. I am ex-military and the image says a thousand words. I get a bit emotional looking at this and knowing that any military or para-military organization is based on the guts, courage, sweat and blood of individuals willing to put there own concerns last when there is a conflict occuring. I thank you for showing this little piece of humanity in a regimental structure.

  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsabout 5 years ago

    Hi Chris! Fantastic work! I host the Communities photo group and we are currently conducting a Challenge on Police Officers in your Community. You’re welcome to join our group and also enter this into the challenge as well.

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