Senior Insp. Joey Gamutan and his wife Merlyn celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary miles apart. It was Jan. 24, the day before the clash that took his life. The next day, despite being deep in the battle, Joey was able to call Merlyn one last time.
A day later, their firstborn turned 5.
Senior Insp. Rennie Tayrus relished being a policeman, even if it meant being deployed on his birthday.
On Jan. 2, he shared a photo of a policeman with the words: “Parents, please stop telling your children that we will haul them off to jail if they are bad. We want them to run to us if they are scared… not be scared of us.”
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