Friday, September 21, 2007

Memorial


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:

11 Comments:

At September 21, 2007 2:13 PM, Blogger 5150Wife said...

Heart wrenching.

Other words escape me at the moment.

Just heart wrenching.


K-

 
At September 21, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Loving Annie said...

Gary,
Oh God, those 2 letters from the children were heart-breaking...

And the flowers....

Bawl... Sometmes the injustices of life seriously suck.

I get so mad at my cop sometimes (Our breakup is the reason I started my nice girl blog last November), but if I ever think of him getting hurt by someone, let alone killed, I forget all the anger and only remember how much I still love him even though I act like I don't, and how good he is at his job...)

 
At September 21, 2007 3:02 PM, Blogger *Goddess* said...

Thank God there are still children in this country who are raised to respect the police.

 
At September 22, 2007 12:24 AM, Blogger Scott said...

Oh, this is very sad! But it is nice to see the citizens you protect grieving with you.

 
At September 22, 2007 3:24 PM, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

That is beyond heartbreaking...

 
At September 24, 2007 12:38 PM, Blogger Craig D said...

I want to cry. His son's letter... just devastating.

 
At September 26, 2007 2:25 PM, Blogger Loving Annie said...

Just came by on Wednesday the 26th to say hello and see how you were doing.
Very rough month for you, for them, for their families...

 
At September 26, 2007 5:29 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Kids. Raw. Heart-felt. Wonderful.

 
At September 26, 2007 10:18 PM, Blogger The Miller's said...

Oh my...I just got home from my 3rd day of a 12 hour shift of Dispatching in WA State..in perusing through a friends blog I found your blog link. Wow.
I am friends with so many officers I work with and my worst nightmare would be to handle a radio incident like this. Its such a feeling of complete of helplessness on our end. Wow.
Reading those letters just Gchoked me up. Kudos and blessings to the citizen that cleaned away what vultures like media and rubber-neckers would do nothing but exploit.
Goodness. My prayers to you, to your fellow officers and most especially to his family.

 
At September 27, 2007 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my. That is heart breaking. My husband is a police officer and I pray everyday that our daughter never has to go through that. I hope his son finds peace.

 
At March 24, 2009 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

;(

 

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