Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In memory

In memory of Police Officer Anthony Holly (killed February 19, 2007)

A police officer in a neighboring city was killed last week while making backup for another officer on a routine traffic stop. The other officer pulled over a car for a minor traffic offense and was talking to the driver. As Officer Holly approached the car, a passenger in the front seat got out and shot him before he had a chance to react. As the killer fled, the original officer shot and wounded him. He's now in custody charged with first degree murder.

Officer Holly graduated a few classes ahead of me in the academy and was only 24 years old. My wife hates hearing about this kind of thing but it's a reality in this line of work and helps remind me to be extra cautious.

At his funeral service, his mother related a conversation she had with her fallen son a few months earlier. She asked him why he wanted to be a police officer when it was such a dangerous job. He replied, "Mom, I do this job so that you won't have to."

I never met Tony but when I saw the motorcade of police officers leading the funeral procession, I felt like I was watching an old friend pass by. He was known for his kindness, humor, dedication, and honor. I can't imagine the grief and anguish felt by his family and friends.

A school principal and former police officer posted a great comment in a local newspaper addressed to citizens being pulled over by police.


At February 28, 2007 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, Officer Holly.

At March 01, 2007 5:37 PM, Blogger Colonel Colonel said...

That's a very sad story.

Policemen and firemen -most of us out here don't have a clue about the risks they take daily. Yes, an individual's chances of having something bad happen in the line of duty is very low, statistically (a comfort to their loved ones), but the thing is, the possibility is always there, which is not something you can say about many other jobs, outside the military.

And none of those other jobs (outside the military) give anything like the much daily service to the public that they do.

I remember, after 9-11, I walked by the fire station in my town and there were piles of flowers outside.

At March 01, 2007 5:42 PM, Anonymous LC said...

So sad. Too many young lives cut short for no reason - police, firefighters - military - gangs... Stay safe.

At March 01, 2007 6:36 PM, Anonymous gamma said...

Very touching, Gary.......Please be careful and safe. We Love you.

At March 02, 2007 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was great tribute. Remember to be safe and alot of us pray for you.

Kim and Fernando

At March 02, 2007 9:22 AM, Blogger Brandon said...

That was a great tribute to Officer Holly. Be safe out there!

At March 02, 2007 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Officer Down Memorial Page Remembers . . .

Police Officer Anthony Jon Holly

At March 04, 2007 12:59 PM, Blogger Meander said...

oh how horrible. i am so very sorry. i don't envy your must be so hard to see you go each day. stay safe!

At March 05, 2007 12:40 PM, Blogger Paul F. said...

Sorry to hear about your fellow officer. Nice to know that the perp got caught and I hope he gets a good thrashing.

At March 05, 2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

Sorry to hear about this... I don't think my nerves could stand if my husband was a Policeman. Kudos for all you do, but it's tough out there! Stay safe.


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