Editorial: Time for reflection

As I write this, Christmas lights are glowing on the yucca tree in my office, our part of the world is preparing for its first winter storm of the season… and the country is still reeling from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

This is not an editorial on violent video games, gun control, mental illness, or any other cause or blame you’re hearing in the media and politics.

This is simply a “thank you” from the editor of a little forensic science magazine to the first responders, investigators, technicians, scientists, and medical examiners who deal every day with the worst humanity has to offer.

You arrive when you are needed. You focus on the details. You glean the last bits of information the victims have left to give. You put your training and experience first... and then do your best not to bring the burden of your knowledge home to your families. You do what needs to be done.

Thank you.

Kristi Mayo, editor
Evidence Technology Magazine

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