Most of the media surrounding the recent shootings in Atlanta and, now, Boulder, CO have focused on the suspects. I would like to take this time to focus on one of the victims of the Boulder tragedy, police officer Eric Talley.
Talley didn’t have to be a cop. He had a successful career in information technologies. But, when a friend died from a DUI accident, he quit his job and entered the police academy, taking on a cut in pay, less time with his family, and a far more dangerous career. But, he wanted to serve his community. He graduated from the police academy and joined the force in 2010, serving only eleven years on the force before giving the ultimate sacrifice. Those who knew him said it was no surprise that he was the first on the scene and that he immediately jumped into action to protect his city.
Talley leaves behind his wife and seven children.
Police departments across the country have been hit hard with defunding, a loss of respect, abuse both verbal and physical, and even being ambushed and murdered as a result of the death of George Floyd last summer in Minneapolis while in police custody. There is no question that there are bad cops out there, just as there are bad priests, ministers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, coaches, nurses, fire fighters, activists and politicians. I choose to believe, however, that Officer Eric Talley represents the vast majority of police officers. They go on duty every day to protect their communities and give all they have to serve, sometimes giving their very lives.
Here is an article on all of the victims of the Boulder shooting.
Here is an article on the victims of the Atlanta shooting.
Let’s try to keep the focus on those loved ones lost rather than on the desperate, cowardly shooters.
Eternal rest grant onto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.