Tuesday, May 25, 2010

End of watch . . .

It is with a broken heart that I post this. Last night my best friend/mentor/favorite deputy passed away suddenly before start of shift. I am at a loss. He was 42 years old.

I will say this. For six years, from the time I became a firefighter and eventually a deputy, he watched over me. He answered my questions and loved me unconditionally. The last words I ever spoke to him were "I love you."

God give me strength for I know I cannot do this alone. Never in a million years did I ever think a man I loved with all my heart would leave so soon. A man who will never see me get married, be promoted to patrol, turn 25 or any of the hundreds of other things we often spoke of.

I love you. Watch over your brothers and I; you would have been the person I would have turned to to get through something like this.

Please, if you are out there and feel the need say a prayer for my deputy. I know you didn't know him, but he would have loved all of you.

Rest in peace my brother, we have the watch.



  1. I'm so sorry to hear it. Strength to you and your crew.

  2. How how terribly sad! My prayers are for you and the strength to get thru as he has gone home.....

  3. I'm sorry for your loss.

  4. My condolences. It's hard losing a mentor. Smile when you think of him or at least eek out a grin because when you think of him, you're honoring his memory.

  5. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you, sounds like he was a great guy, and your memories posted here testify to that.