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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The High Cost of Protection

I don't know this gentleman. I've never met him, don't know any of his family or friends. He didn't attend my church, don't know if he even believed in God.
Don't know if he played sports, don't know if he watched sports. Until now I've never known anything about him but that all changed this morning.
Now he's famous. Now he's today's top news story and will probably remain in the news for a few days. All because this morning at 8:30 am he was shot and killed in the line of duty.
You can read the story here, but I can tell you all that I know about him is that his name is Officer Erfle and he's a hero that was silenced too soon. I can tell you that the shooting and his death has sent waves of shock throughout our city. Not just because he's young and has left a wife and two children behind. Not because he was "one of the good guys". But because his being a police officer who was shot before having time to draw a weapon by a man who was jaywalking is unbelievable.
Cop killing sends two messages out to the city: 1) the cops are going to be on high alert when dealing with suspects which means making the wrong move could be dangerous to your health. Couple that with being a minority or one of the usual suspects and you've got some serious cop-involved shootings coming. 2) criminals are becoming more violent and we as a society are now less protected. Think about it, if these criminals are stupid and uncaring enough to kill a cop, killing anyone else is easy, everyone else is non-essential.
I prayed for that family tonight when I read that Officer Erfle had died from his wounds. I prayed for his wife who now has to make decisions while dealing with the shock of suddenly being alone. I prayed for his children who probably don't understand that their father is forever gone. I prayed for other good cops out there patroling and serving while making a pittance for salary, everday they're out there keeping us safe and protected and they become target practice. And I prayed for our city. Senseless violence eats away at a society and causes fear and irrational behaviour, especially if the one responsible for the killing is a minority or "different" in any way.
On my way home from work this evening I pulled up next to a motorcycle cop, rolled down my window and told him I was sorry for his loss. The officer actually told me that he had just left a memorial for Officer Erfle, and spoke about the friends Erfle had and how he would be missed. And even though I never knew Officer Erfle, I will feel his family's loss.


Blogger Jeni said...

That is so true Debo.
If someone has no qualms, no second thoughts about shooting an officer of the law, then we, as the general citizenry, are way down on his priority list with respect to thinking twice before hurting or killing a person.
Very good, very thoughtful post and one that more people need to comprehend as well for the damage all this does to society, overall.
Peace, my friend.

September 19, 2007 9:13 AM  
Blogger Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

another tragedy of a loss of a life. sigh... so sad.

hugs, bee

September 19, 2007 9:36 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

You aren't supposed to make me tear up. I know I haven't told you that, but, you aren't.

I'm going to link your post into a post at my place. Some people that might not see it will have the chance to read about the tragedy and your moving words. If you don't want it linked, let me know and I'll get rid of it.

In conclusion, a wonderful and sad piece of writing.

September 19, 2007 3:09 PM  
Blogger Posolxstvo said...

Well put.

Sometimes, the world just doesn't make sense.

September 19, 2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger SonjaB said...

As a former officer and the wife of an officer, thank you for your comments, and prayers.

September 19, 2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger CaRo said...

that is so sad...

September 19, 2007 7:17 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

I live in Gilbert (Phoenix east valley) and know this story well. He had a beautiful family, and had battled back from a bout with cancer to work his beat again.

May God bless and care for his family as they mourn the loss of a husband and father.

September 19, 2007 7:34 PM  
Blogger dr sardonicus said...

Just came over from Dave's. Police work is thankless. I can't understand why anyone would want to be a cop. My condolences to this man's family.

A fine post.

September 19, 2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger Meloncutter said...

I was an officer for 20 years. During that time I lost too many friends. Your post had touched my heart and to me, it is good to know that there are those out there that still care.

Officers, over time become calloused toward people because they deal with the dregs of society so much, are expected to set the example, but often are looked down upon as a necessary evil by those who demand so much of them.

I have great respect for anyone who in this day and age wears the badge.

Thank you, from a retired officer for this post. My prayers go out to this family as with all families who suffer such an inconsolable loss.


September 20, 2007 4:00 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Hey Debo, I can't find an Email address so as to explain. Send me and email at dave@ratherthanworking.com so I can, outside of the context of comments.

September 20, 2007 2:28 PM  
Blogger Kiyotoe said...

the fact that there are people out there who value life so little and can be so vicious/cruel is very scary.

Don;t worry Big sis', I got you covered. Aaaaallllllll the way from here ;-)

September 20, 2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Debo Blue said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I didn't want to bring everyone down, I just wanted to share what was in my heart.

Dave- thanks for linking the post, I appreciate it and I've sent you an email.

Caro-welcome back!

Dragon-you're still my hero but if you don't choose one of my captions I'm gonna have to get ugly.

September 20, 2007 10:45 PM  

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