Fallen

My Random Five Friday was all written and scheduled for this morning. But I’m just not in the mood for a frivolous post today.

Yesterday, Virginia lost her second State Trooper in the past thirty-three days.

Without getting into politics,  let me just say that I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m frightened. And I’m sure those feelings are shared by many.

I’m angry that respect for authority, whether it’s for parents, school teachers, bus drivers or the police, seems to be something no longer taught to our young people.

I’m sad that there’s a young widow (not too terribly far from us) who has lost her love,  two children who have lost their dad, and extended family members who are also grieving.  I woke up several times last night, and that young woman, unknown to me, was the first thought I had.  Those of us who have ever lost a relative, especially suddenly and unexpectedly,  know that the first night is the most painful.

And I’m frightened that our police officers have become more of a target than they have ever been.

Motor Man and I count, among our friends and acquaintances, six retired Virginia State Troopers, and three who are currently with the department.  It’s no wonder that last night,  when I logged on to Facebook, I saw this sad image again and again.

trooper memorial

I debated whether to publish this post today; it certainly is not my intent to use this officer’s death in any way other than to show respect.  We are thankful for his service, and his family will continue to be in our thoughts.

~These Days Of Mine~

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20 responses to “Fallen

  1. I work for the police department, Dianna and I’m very grateful for your post. The attacks on law enforcement in our country is quite disturbing. God bless his family.

  2. It was terrible. I looked at pictures of that smiling young trooper with family,who had already served this country, and wondered at his senseless and tragic death in a Greyhound bus terminal. What a quick twist of events that changes lives forever.Two other people were hurt, and his brave actions may have saved many more. Another terrible loss to our brave blue community.

  3. I am so sorry to read of yet another senseless death of an officer who was doing his best to keep the laws of the land and protect the people of his state. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and I am so sorry.

  4. Thank you, Diana, for this tribute to a fine young police officer. I am so sorry that this family will have to go on without him. I pray for our police officers and firefighters every night that they will be safe and will go home to be with their family. I pray, especially, for my grandson, Cory Sadler, who is a Newport News Police Officer. Be safe out there!

  5. I’m with you… it makes me so sad and so angry that there is no respect… my condolence to the family and the friends of this officer….

  6. That was wonderful Dianne. Thank you and very well put. You guys have been friends of law enforcement for a very long time. People like make made my thirty years worth every minute of it.

    Our hearts do go out to this young family. It is so tragic they have to endure this. It is sad as well the law enforcement family has to go through this again as well. While it breaks my heart with his loss, I do know he was following his dream.

    RIP Trooper.

  7. Heard this on the radio in the car while we were running errands. So sad… heartbreaking. I am so sorry for this Trooper and his family.

  8. I think your post not only honors the fallen officer but says exactly what so many of us feel. My heart goes out to that Trooper’s family, friends, and fellow policemen.

  9. Such a tragedy yet again. I agree with your post and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Trooper’s family. God’s Grace to them.

  10. I don’t understand the attack on our police either. It is as if criminals are mad because they are not allowed to break the law! And then you see their family members on the news, talking about how the young man or women in the photo, usually flashing gang signs, was such a loving, peaceful, and church going young person! Come on! Maybe the news reporters need to show the fallen, or almost killed, officer’s wife or husband and children! I guarantee if those same people were being robbed, they would be on the phone to 911!

  11. Skeletons in the Closet

    Very sad situation! He was shown in another picture with another VA State Trooper who it turns out is the son of a very good friend of ours. I know many hearts are heavy, mourning his loss.

  12. Very sad and frightening .. and it’s becoming more & more common- along with mass shootings.
    I can understand why you switched from your scheduled post- this is very fitting ..

  13. Truly a sad incident…….so many of those who serve the State and our Country have fallen………it’s heart-breaking.

    Pam

  14. Without conscience police our world would be chaos without any controls. Thank you Dianna for this sad story to remind of us of the sacrifices they make to protect the innocent.

  15. I (and many of my friends) have been out of sorts today. Maybe this is why. I thought maybe it was the weather. I’ve been feeling this way ever since learning of the sad news.:-(

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Again tragic loss of a good police officer. I agree, Dianna, to much of this is happening. I am praying for his family. May the Lord give them the comfort and peace they need.

  17. It’s so tragic when someone is killed.

  18. You wrote a very respectful, caring post. Prayers.

  19. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    I agree with your thoughts, Thank you for this post.

  20. Sometimes the emotions are so strong, the words must be shared. Prayers for the family.

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