The clicks are in.
The most viewed stories of 2014 include a harrowing home invasion robbery, a column about what really kills cops and a profile of Anaheim PD K9 officer Bruno, who was shot in the jaw while pursuing an armed suspect in January.
Also making the list: a lifesaving Santa Ana officer who issued his own “999” (officer needs help) for a kidney donor.
Another dramatic tale that resonated with readers: the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect who attempted to wrestle a shotgun from a homeowner.
Since launching July 1, www.behindthebadgeoc.com has published nearly 450 stories.
In 2015, we plan to continue telling stories about the men and women of Orange County who swear an oath to put the public’s safety before their own.
Here are links to your top 10. Next week, we’ll share a list of important stories that didn’t make the cut.
Home invasion robbers carrying balloons, flowers strikes twice in Garden Grove
Tragedy sends reckless teen driver on the road to redemption
Vargas: What really kills cops
Retired detective recalls case that shook Huntington Beach
Thousands celebrate life of Placentia Lt. Ken Alexander
K9 Bruno’s handler starts training new partner
Vargas: Friday’s shootout the fourth recent example of armored police vehicles saving lives
Now, he’s the lifesaving officer who desperately needs help
Officers compassion on tragic call comes full circle