It is true that police officers and firefighters run to danger while others are running away. They are all heroes. It is also true that there are exceptional men and women among their ranks who stand out as heroes among heroes.
Officer Eric Talley, who was slain yesterday while saving others in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket, is truly a hero among heroes. Read on.
“For years, Eric Talley had a stable job in information technology that provided for his children and his wife, who educated their seven children in their Colorado home,” according to The Washington Post.
“But in 2010, after one of his closest friends died in a DUI crash, he quit, left behind his master’s degree and enrolled in the police academy at age 40, according to his friends and family. [emphasis added]
“‘It was remarkable to me that somebody would go to law enforcement from IT,’ Jeremy Herko, a lieutenant with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, told The Washington Post. ‘He lost pay. He lost time away from his family. He joined the police academy without a guaranteed job.’ [emphasis added]
“When a gunman opened fire inside a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colo., on Monday, Talley, 51, was among the first responders to run in the door. He was fatally shot along with nine other people, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference.
“‘My heart goes out to the victims of this incident, and I’m grateful for the police officers that responded,’ said Herold, who called Talley’s actions “heroic” as she held back tears. ‘I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley.’
“At a news conference on Tuesday, at which law enforcement officials released the names of all 10 people killed, Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver called Talley a ‘truly heroic public servant’ who ‘joins the ranks of six other Boulder police officers who have laid down their lives for the people of our city.’
“‘Today we remember, we appreciate, and we honor the lives of those who were killed. One of those who we remember is Boulder police officer Eric Talley, who was gunned down as he valiantly protected those in mortal danger,’ Weaver said.” [emphasis added]
For more of this report, go to The Washington Post.
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