When I started this blog it was to share the things I do, the pictures I take and the places I go.
Most of the time I get to go to fun places and do entertaining things.
This week, however, I had to take a difficult trip and thought it was important to share it with you.
On January first, late in the morning, Deputy Suzanne Hopper became the first police officer in the US killed in the line of duty for 2011. January first, not even past the first day of the year, not even lunch time and we lost a peace officer to violence. The trip on Friday was with thousands of others to celebrate her life and show her family how important their daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend was to everyone. (News story here.)
There were almost 1000 police vehicles from across the country, Maryland to California
and all points in between. The procession of cars was 4 miles long.
The cars met early, but due to the large number, it took extra time to get into the church and cemetery.
They used the largest church in the county, 2 overflow rooms (gym, school) and
could not fit in everyone who showed up to celebrate her life.
Along the route were signs, lowered flags, and many community members
who stood in the cold for hours to show their support and thanks.
(These are SOOC and from a moving vehicle, sorry for the blur).
It was very cold and at one point snowing, bless them for staying out there.
Outside the church, no matter where you looked there was a cruiser, fire truck, or medic parked there. I did not take photos during the portions of the service itself, out of respect for the family. Just picture people standing elbow to elbow in every space available, using every chair they could find, and crowding around the doors to hear what was being said.
"Suzanne heard another call...our Angel with a Badge."
Scripture and a Snapshot - Katie Lloyd Photography
Straight out of the Camera - Murrieta 365