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A tragedy will sometimes bring out random acts of kindness. With the aftermath of the shooting in Kirkwood came this wonderful story told by Lt. Mark Griffin from the Maplewood Police Department, a neighboring community. Two officers had lost their lives that evening on February 7 and every day our police officers put their lives on the line for us. Here is his story:

“I was fortunate to be a part of both of the police officers’ funeral processions. While we traveled many miles during these processions, myself and my fellow officers were moved by the hundreds of supporters who lined the roads and highways during the procession routes. Many carried flags, held signs, saluted or held their hand over their heart. Many of whom were visibly shaken. After the second funeral procession, myself and six fellow officers had lunch at a Maplewood restaurant and reflected on what we had seen. When I attempted to pay for our meals, I was informed by the waitress that the bill had already been paid. Everyone in the restaurant had secretly paid for our meals. After thanking the patrons and restaurant employees for their generosity we turned to leave. I was overwhelmed when all of the patrons and employees stood and began clapping.

“I have been a police officer for over 25 years and have seen many officers become cynical and callous as a result of their exposure to the negative and often uncaring behavior of others. This week has been a very emotional time for our community which has experienced tremendous loss and pain. I would like to personally thank the hundreds of supporters who reaffirmed why police officers put on their uniforms everyday ‘to serve and protect.’ Thank you!”

How has this tragedy affected your life?

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