Law enforcement is an often thankless job with dangers at every corner. An officer does not know when he leaves his home in the morning if he will be returning that evening. Yet for some people, it is their life's work which nothing else can match. It is a calling which cannot be denied. Such was the case with New Ellenton Police Chief Johnny Hamilton who died Wednesday in an automobile accident. Chief Hamilton headed up New Ellenton's police force since 2006 and had worked with the department since 2002. He was integrally involved in the law enforcement network of area police who work together to fight crime in this region. Criminals do not stop at the invisible line of a city's jurisdiction, and crime fighters should not stop there either. Since becoming leader of the New Ellenton department, Chief Hamilton established the city's drug enforcement program, a goal which he set for himself when promoted. He was also intent on building the city's K-9 division which now has two dogs. Hopefully New Ellenton leaders will be able to use the leadership Chief Hamilton provided as a blueprint for the type of chief to pursue for the future. Chief Hamilton ended his life doing what he loved most - serving the people of New Ellenton. Our condolences go out to his family and to the people of New Ellenton whose safety was always on his mind.