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Several recent incidents in the Palmetto State have underscored the dangers facing the men and women of law enforcement: -- Scotty Richardson, a public safety officer in Aiken ,was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in late December. Another officer, Travis Griffin, was also shot but survived. -- Another Aiken police officer, Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers, was shot and killed Saturday while investigating a suspicious vehicle in a park. -- Also in December, a Richland County K9 officer was killed in the line of duty. The dog, Fargo, was chasing a robbery suspect in Columbia when the suspect shot him. -- On Jan. 14, a police officer in North Charleston was shot when he tried to stop a man matching the description of an armed robbery suspect.