Procession for slain officer held yesterday. This link opens to a Union Tribune article. Thousands of officers paraded in over 100 degree heat to honor Officer Chris Wilson.
These are the headlines of every local news agency today.
I stood in a good sized crowd yesterday morning next to Engine 15 and watched some of the parade to honor Officer Wilson.
Quoting from the Union/Tribune, “Wilson, 50, died early last Thursday morning after being shot at a Skyline apartment. Two suspects were later found dead inside the second-story unit after a 7-hour SWAT standoff. Officers were called to the complex because probation officers and U.S, marshals, who had already arrested a probationer, believed a fugitive wanted for assault with a deadly weapon was barricaded inside.” The officers dog was wounded.
This link opens a NBC San Diego slide show.
I fell getting to the bridge, but kind folks helped get me up again. Slowly the pain went away as I stood watching the procession pass below me. The men of Station 15’s stood behind me on their rig their exhaust permeating the air.
Over 1000 vehicles from all over the country passed below us. On the bridge ahead of ours were the men from Station 22’s The firemen saluted as the family, governor, policemen, firemen, lifeguards, highway patrol, and, at last, motorcycle officers passed below us. Almost every unit or rig hit their siren as they approached both 22’s and 15’s. They waved too. The noise was so deafening that Lenora called later to ask if I had heard.
I was deeply touched by these men and this action. I knew many of these men. I’ve worked with them, and I care. They joke, they’re cynical, but they care and always work hard. They are members of a unique fellowship, and when they lose a member, all mourn together. It helps to ease the pain and anger from such a senseless death.