A Sad Day Of Goodbyes

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    Mar 26, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Tomorrow will be a sad day in the San Francisco/Oakland bay area as the citizens say goodbye to four police officers killed while protecting the community. The funeral will be held in the Oracle Arena, the home of the Gold State Warriors and attendance is expected to be well into the thousands. Over one thousand law enforcement officers alone are expected to attend from all over the United States and Canada. I’m guessing there will be high level dignitaries from the federal, state and local levels in attendance. Security is expected to be visible and on high alert.

    However, at a time when we sometimes lose sight of how well our society cares, I have found hope out there that assures me there is no finer place in the world to live. Police officers from outside the area are voluntarily coming to the bay area to assist in protecting the communities so local officers can attend the services. Well known hotels are offering to “comp” or significantly reducing their rates for multiple night stays for anyone coming to the area to attend.

    We often take our safety for granted when we walk down the street, but behind the scenes is a team of professional and dedicated men and women who, without asking for recognition, make that walk down the street a safe and pleasant one. Tomorrow the ultimate recognition will be given to four, but the solidarity of thousands will be shown as the heroic stories are told, the tears are shed and formal salutes are made in a final farewell.

    I would suggest that each and every one of us stops and remembers or prays for the family and friends of these officers. We should then gives thanks for all of those who protect us each and every day, for those who refuse to allow our freedom and safety to be compromised and for those same people who never wish for recognition but simply serve as they have been asked to do.

    How do you feel about law enforcement in our communities?

  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 26, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    That is sad. May they rest in peace.
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    Mar 26, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    i hate goodbyes... they last forever... i prefer see you later or something of the sort...
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    Mar 26, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    Sadly in this case, death is all apart of living.
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    MikePhilPerez saidThat is sad. May they rest in peace.
    Yes, it is a somber event here.
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    Mar 27, 2009 2:48 AM GMT
    I live in Oakland, though far removed from the area where this awful thing happened. But the fact of the matter is that parts of Oakland are incredibly violent. I think that police here should get some sort of hazardous duty pay.

    I read that though assault rifles are illegal in California, all someone has to do is to cross the border into Nevada, and have a wife or partner get an, in this case, AK-47, or two, or three. Then they end up in the hands of guys like this.

    It's an awful tragedy for the police. It's awful for people who have to live in that neighborhood because they plum can't afford to be anywhere else.
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    Mar 27, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    20 thousand expected, 12 thousand police officers. wow...an unbelievable event. So sad.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 28, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    Well thought and written there. Thanks for saying something about the recent events in Oakland.

    I think we should have a great deal of appreciation for our police and firefighters. I think most do a fine job and try and do a professional job.
    We only occasionally have incidents.

    Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those fallen in Oakland.. and everywhere. Thanks for the thread...
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    Mar 29, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    This must be hard on your community for sure, kind of puts a palor over every activity there for a quite a while. By far the majority of our police are good and do their utmost to serve for everyones benefit, to shoot an officer down like this is the worst of calousness in the purpetraitor. Its hard to understand how someone can get to such a low point to do such a thing to one police officer let alone 4. I hope the outpouring of affection from around the country helps rebuild some of what was lost through that tragedy. Wish you all the best !!!