|BMW's at Trooper Tony's Life Celebration|
My Father tells me a story about my Great Great Grandfather who was a sheriff in 1936. Reportedly, Great Great Gramps was gunned down and killed inside the very market where as a high schooler I used to buy my candy bars in Lowell, OR. Great (x2) Gramp's gun and badge are tucked inside my Father's safe. Dad pulls them out for viewings now and then, proud to have a piece of our family history and still harboring questions about that fateful day in 1936. I guess there are some questions that never get answered.
If you are from the Pacific Northwest you have probably heard about the recent murder of Washington State's "Trooper Tony" while he was on patrol. It is just one more law enforcement tragedy that we must all learn to live with. In Pendelton, OR the town is most assuredly still questioning Correctional Officer Herron's senseless killing. In Eugene, OR, Officer Kilcullen's one year anniversary is quickly approaching, and in the small town of Rainier, OR, residents still drive past the place where Chief Painter's life was taken. In Pierce County, WA, Deputy Sheriff Wright is remembered as well. All of these officers, husbands, fathers and friends were murdered while doing their jobs and trying to keep us all safe.
|A sea of Blue: LEO's send off Trooper Tony|
In order for these men and women law enforcement officers to continue to make a difference they need our support. They need citizens to speak up and do their part. To make the call when they witness wrong being done or when the crazy neighbor gets worse. We all need to stop looking away and start looking at making a difference. Show up. Be counted. Give when you can and what you can. Above all else, appreciate those in blue, brown, green and tan, who wake every morning knowing the job they have to do may take them away from their families; yet they do it anyway.
May they never be forgotten.