Sunday, October 9, 2016

Just hours after participating in a community gathering I saw the news....

Yesterday was a gathering of people who came out to tell officers that they are appreciated; that we care; that their lives matter. As are so many events that I attend, it was moving and emotional and to stand together with so many others who support our police was solidarity in action.

I hate that now, without ever knowing them, that we know their names.

And then after a few hours away from the news and my phone and Facebook, sickening news from the west coast began to emerge. I'm heartbroken for the family of a hero so close to retirement that they could almost touch it.... mourning for the child of a young officer who will grow up only knowing mom through pictures.

NOTHING is promised and life can be taken away at any time. But the silence of our society and it's continued refusal to back our men and women in law enforcement is deafening. Rest at peace, brave heroes. We hold your families close in our thoughts and prayers.

"We are heart-broken to inform you of the loss of Police Officer Lesley Zerebny and Police Officer Gil Vega, of the Palm Springs (California) Police Department. They were both killed, and a third officer wounded, today while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Officer Zerebny just returned to duty from maternity leave and Officer Vega was set to retire in December after 35 years of service. Please hold these two heroes, their families, and their fellow officers in your thoughts and prayers. " (Via the Officer Down Memorial Page)

Police Officer Lesley Zerebny
Palm Springs Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega
Palm Springs Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2016

I don't know anymore where we are headed or how our society will reclaim what has been lost. I just don't know.

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