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Robert Jones  
Tears On The Face of Superman
8/4/08, 10:50pm (Last Edited: 8/4/08, 10:59pm)


I attended a funeral for a fallen law enforcement officer recently and have been reflecting on it since. I wanted to say something eloquent but words seem to escape me.

In short there was a barricaded unresponsive escaped mental case armed with a shotgun. SWAT was called and had to try to get this guy out. One officer was fired on and killed and then the subject took his own life.

The pageantry of the funeral was amazing with honor guards performing…and afterwards the procession route was lined with people waving American Flags honoring the fallen hero and also honoring law enforcement and emergency services in general. Everyone was genuinely moved by the experience.

At the services I think every officer could see their own reflection in the face of the deceased. I think that the fallen officer's reflection and spirit lives on reflected in the faces of the officers that carry on. I did not know the officer personally but I would like to have known him. As he was described and his life choices to pursue a career in law enforcement and to change agencies and to aspire to go out for SWAT…so many officers could relate to those choices.

I could see the pain and guilt written on the tear strewn faces of his team members and fellow officers. I could empathize with them and understand what it must be like to loose a team member...a partner. In essence you put your own life in harm's way to save others. For something to go so horribly wrong...those guys who did nothing wrong but risk their lives to save others trying to come to terms with loosing someone they would have died to save.

A wife and two kids left behind with that empty spot remaining where their father/husband should still be. A distraut sheriff who could barely maintain composure trying to speak for his fallen Deputy

The face of 911 was in attendance. The grim faced guys that charge in with a vengeance in the middle of the night when danger and harm lurk at the door. The guys who make everything all right as best they can…. The help that comes when help is called. Their faces were strewn with tears shed for the loss of a fallen hero.

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Larry Levy  
Re: Tears On The Face of Superman
8/5/08, 10:30am
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May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the officer's family.

We just lost an LASD Deputy over the weekend. He was apparently assassinated as he came out of his house on the way to work.

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Rob Reed  
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8/7/08, 11:55am
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>May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the
>officer's family.

Amen!

Thanks for sharing, Booga... and keep taking care of yourself!

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8/17/08, 2:52pm
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I too have been to a very large funeral for a Police Officer when I was serving my time. I didn't know him personally, but I knew of him. I rode one of our department's Harley Davidson's and was one of over 200 motorcycles to lead. There was a following of over 800 patrol cars. When we reached the grave site it was truly an emotional moving experience. From the missing man formation of the helicopters to 21 gun salute and the bag pipes. I stood there and cried as over a hundrend around me did the same.

That was many moons ago. I decided to not attend another peace officer funeral, unless it was someone I knew personally. It was very hard on my heart.

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