I visited Officer Erfle's growing memorial today while on duty for the first time since his death. A stream of officers from other agencies around the state and country have been stopping by to leave patches, notes, flowers, and cards.
One resident, a Vietnam Vet even left his purple heart medal and a letter thanking Nick for his service and sacrifice. Another citizen came with a brush and water to scrub away Nick's blood from the sidewalk where he died.
The outpouring of condolences, affection, gratitude, and respect is a welcomed sight. The most heart-wrenching are the letters from school kids:
The most touching is this one written by Nick's son: