Preparing to say goodbye...

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Iowa Roo Mom, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Tomorrow we will say goodbye to a deputy, a friend, and more importantly, a father. Sgt. Eric Stein leaves behind a fiancee and a 9 year old daughter. May God watch over them during this difficult time.

    Eric Stein hasn't been alone since he was shot and killed in the line of duty on Monday. His brothers and sisters in blue have been keeping 24 hour vigil, two at a time, in four hour shifts. Hundreds of American flags line the streets and highway from the high school where the funeral will be to the cemetary 10 miles away. The governor has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff from noon today until Monday morning.

    There are expected to be hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over the state tomorrow to escort him on his final journey through the streets he once patroled. It is guaranteed to be an emotional day for sure.

    So please remember the community of Keokuk county in your prayers, as well as Deputy Eric Stein's friends and family, as we say goodbye to a hero.

    A Part Of America Died

    Somebody killed a policeman today
    And a part of America died...
    A piece of our country he swore to protect
    ...Will be buried with him at his side.
    The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
    Just as if he had gone off to war;
    Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half-mast
    To his name they will add a gold star.
    The suspect that shot him will stand up in court
    With counsel demanding his rights,
    While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
    And spend many long, lonely nights.
    Yes, somebody killed a policeman today...
    Maybe in your town or mine,
    While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors
    A cop put his life on the line.
    Now his ghost walks the beat on a dark city street,
    And he stands at each new rookie's side;
    He answered the call... of himself gave his all,
    And a part of America died...

    God bless all the men and women who protect and serve...
  2. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    [​IMG] Prayers and [​IMG]
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    [​IMG] Thats so sad...
    Yes, thank god for our police men and women, that put their lives on the line for US, everyday they go into work.
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    They are in our thoughts and prayers. [​IMG]
  5. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

    Mar 30, 2009
    Central WI
    We just went thought this in Fond du Lac WI.

  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    OMG I have had enough tonight!!! Just enough.
  7. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    Quote:Was it something I said?

  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    [​IMG] for his family
  9. Jen F

    Jen F Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Western/ Central KY
    [​IMG] So sorry for the loss in your community. [​IMG]
  10. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    We lost a sheriff's deputy in the line of duty, a few years ago. He was a lifelong resident of our county, his father served on the board of supervisors, his wife was a teacher in the next county, and they were parents of a little boy. I have seldom been so moved as I was to see the long procession of police vehicles, from all over, leaving his funeral. It was an honor to wait for them to pass us.

    My heart goes out to the family, colleagues and friends of your fallen officer. May God bring them peace.

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