Nation: Two Policemen on the Beat

In the shock wave of attacks on policemen, Philadelphia has been an epicenter. TIME Correspondent Karsten Prager made the rounds one night last week with two members of the city's elite, all-volunteer "highway patrol," a highly mobile force distinctly unpopular in the high crime areas where it is deployed. The patrolmen were David Messaros, 29, white, with two years on the force; and Lawrence Boston, 26, black, a four-year veteran. Prager reports their feelings about the perils of their job:

TWO of the Philadelphia policemen shot the weekend before were members of the highway patrol. Messaros and Boston were the second team...

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