As of Saturday, October 26, 2013
The Dalles To the editor:
On Oct. 16 I was involved in a traumatic incident in the town of Wishram, Washington. This incident was a result of my duties as a police officer for the City of The Dalles.
Since the time of the incident, I have received nothing but positive support and countless words of encouragement from everybody in the community. Everybody from close friends, co-workers, neighbors, and complete strangers have shown their love and support to my family and me. For this, we are grateful. It never gets old hearing “I hope you’re doing well” and “I’m glad you are okay.” Every time I hear these words, it puts me a step closer in the healing process.
I have received many cards and letters from friends, neighbors, coworkers, and complete strangers from The Dalles and Wishram. Some of these cards have names and return addresses on them and some do not. Please know that they all have an impact on my family. I would like to thank everybody personally for these cards which all have words of encouragement.
As for all the people and organizations that worked with me on the night of this incident; I will always be grateful and appreciative. Residents from Wishram, and workers with the Goldendale Ambulance, Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and Mid-Columbia Medical Center; among many others, played a huge part in putting me back together.
And to my friends and co-workers all across Oregon and Washington; all I can say is “Thank You” for everything. I could not have imagined all of the support that you guys are capable of providing.
In closing, I want everybody to know that I am glad to be a part of a great police organization that serves this community. I am even more proud to be a resident of this great community.
Thank you again.