"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gone in 60 seconds...


...just over a week ago our small community lost four police officers.  They were not in an accident, hostage situation, a riot, or any other of the many, many, things they do to protect our community.

it was early morning and the four of them stopped at a local coffee shop, a shop known to many of us, a shop that is an outstanding member of our community. They were there to finish up some paper work after having just come from the local hospital to escort victims of a drunk driver.  About 8:14 evil came through the door, walked up to the counter as if to order, turned around and executed four policeman.  Less than sixty seconds passed before the carnage occurred and evil walked out the door to live another day.

today our community comes together to mourn and say good-bye to these courageous citizens.  thousands of fellow officers have arrived in our city, the procession expected to be ten miles long and include over three thousand men and women in uniform.  today we bow our heads, hand to heart, tears in eyes, and we pray...with graditute we pray.

16 comments:

  1. Senseless. Enraging. Frustrating. What kind of country have we become where these things take place all the time and it's not even major news for long?

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  2. Prayers and thoughts from a soldier. An awful incident with an unjust outcome.

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  3. Horrible and so unbelieveable. Our Sheriffs Dept has been flying their flys at half mass for these fallen officers. My heart breaks everytime I think of them and their families. Our country is in trouble and we need to get back to what American use to be.
    Just Crazy now and out of control.
    Maggie

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  4. Oh my gosh you have to delete these to comments and let me rewrite. I meant flags. Oh so sorry
    Maggie

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  5. These types of senseless killings keep my PTSD in full throttle. I am telling you if we as a country do not get tough with crime, more of this will come. I can't stand to watch my news, I refuse to by newspapers and barely can stomach news gossip. It just sickens me. The penal system needs to buckle down and start incarcerating and keeping them in the big house for the term of their sentences. I am just so damn angry over this. I am. Jojo, I'm sorry but I cry when I hear this. Ft. Hood, Oklahoma City, Twin towers... it's all too much.

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  6. OMG that happened in your town!!! I heard about it. I also heard Mike Huckaby was responsible for giving that maniac a pardon. Personally I think the whole concept of clemency should be discontinued. It is never used as it was originally designed. It's always some political thing that overides what a judge and jury have decided.Bad idea. I am glad this guy is dead. He had a long history of horrible violent crime.

    On a lighter note your blog looks just beautiful.

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  7. I agree with CF...another sad, senseless day! We need to support our policemen and women, and take out the traitors of our country.

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this. I've been thinking about these fallen heroes and their families for days now. It's so heartbreaking.

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  9. JoJo,

    I have been following this tragedy with sadness and anger. It makes me physically ill to think about those poor officers and the bastard who murdered them.

    My heart is with your community as you say good-bye to these wonderful officers. Their families and friends and the members of their community are in my deepest prayers.

    Love,
    Debbie

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  10. So horrible, so senseless. All the families in such pain, and all the act of a madman.

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  11. Jojo, the news came as a shock to Dale and I. I hate everytime he goes on duty. It didn't used to bother me 23 years ago when he started in law enforcement, but the world seems to be changing. I pray for their families and hope that the community can cope with their loss.
    Hugs~

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  12. What a sad and senseless incident. There are a lot of really unhappy people out there that are doing crazy things to others. It's horrible but there will be more of this. It's a sign of the times. It's a sad commentary on how folks deal with anger.

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  13. I had no idea that this happened in your town......very senseless. My heart is sick.

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  14. I came by to say "Hi" but quickly changed my greeting to "I join you in mourning." Truly I am speechless . . .

    XO ~~ Debbie

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