This is the third time in the last three years that I have seen the residents of my county rally for their neighbor . You can click here to read my previous post . I am sure it has happened on other occasions, either when I was too young to realize or when I was away in school or what not . Either way , there was something about today's show of love that just had me feeling emotional and proud . Last week one of our local officers was involved in a wreck on his way to respond to an accident that claimed the life of several , including a father and child . I can only imagine that this officer's mind was focused on getting to the people who needed help when his car was struck . For several days the town was kept up to date via Facebook , local new and word of mouth on his medical status . I believe we all , whether we knew him personally or not , drew a breath of immediate mourning when word got out that he had passed . It has been non-stop support via social media for this officer , his family and the family of the victims from the original accident . Someone even began a " kick starter "esq campaign to help the original victims family raise funds for the two funerals they had to plan . I cannot imagine what any of these families are feeling today . Multiple lives , multiple families all connected in an impossible way .
Today as I drove through town , mindlessly thinking on my own stresses , the errands I had to run , etc. I kept wondering why all the road side parking lots and embankments where lined with cars , balloons , ribbons and even cops . It had completely slipped my mind that today would be the day our town said good-bye to one of it's sons . As I pulled into a parking lot I decided to just sit in my car in line with all the others and give my respects as well . It was 1:30ish and still no signs of the expected caravan . Local stations had let everyone know that around 12:30 Officer Starrett would be driven through town with various law enforcement escorting him prior to his burial so that the community could say good-bye . As minutes passed I couldn't help but think about the family , close friends and co-workers at the church saying their intimate good-bye's and love you's . How could a time limit have been put on that ?! It would seem that the cars surrounding mine had similar thoughts considering none of us left after the original expected time clicked by on our clocks . If anything it gave everyone more time to find a spot along the road . I thought about all the people who took their lunch break , took time out of their "to-do's", or travels to show their respects . The folks that would be watching via live stream or later on through the t.v. news . I found myself wiping away tears . I found myself hurting for the wife of this man . I wondered what would she think on this last drive through town with her husband ? What would she think as she glanced all of town lined along the main road ? Would we bring her any comfort at all ? Is it even possible in this situation ?
|Pic is from Memoriam FB Page|
Arches are local Power Board trucks.
Small town love.
|Pic is fr in Memoriam FB Page.|
Jacksboro Middle School shows their love
for Officer Starrett & his family.
To see/read Officer Starretts obituary or community posts in remembrance of , you can click here to go directly to Officer Starretts public Facebook page or here for his In Memoriam Facebook Page . End of watch 1-30-15 . RIP .