Monday, December 8, 2008

Home from Indiana

This video yah, says it all!

Well, I am home in Ohio in one piece! It was a crazy couple of days, but I am thankful that it all worked out and I got to be home for OP's memorial service!

I was able to leave Saturday after choir was done around noon. Made it to Warsaw around 4ish. Parker did amazingly well, I could have done without the snow and crap...but I am so used to that area it was normal and I didn't mind it too much. Got to go to the memorial that was at the police station for OP. It was his DARE van and I signed it and got a bracelet in honor of him and headed home to hang out with my sister and brother. Sunday, I went to church with my mom and then went home for lunch.

1:30 I walked into the gym of WCHS. I was just overwhelmed with knowing that this was it, the memorial service. The service started at 3pm, I lost it and cried through the whole thing. Especially when former DARE students spoke about OP, and when his brother told us about his last hours, and especially at the end when the Warsaw Police Chief (I think..) made the official announcement that OP had served his last duty. They gave the flag to his wife and that was it...I was gone...I was BAWLING! I don't want him to be gone, but I know he is in a far better place and he isn't suffering. I was able to see some old friends and it was great to honor him. I watched the 11 news and guess who was on it bawling? Yup me and my friend Sara, I am trying to figure out a way to link to the video. But for now go to this link and then click on watch video, you will see me in a back sweater and green and white stripped shirt. I am beside a girl wiping her eye, in a black shirt with long hair.

I will always love OP and miss him so much!

I am glad to be home! So so glad!


Renee C. said...

OP was a truly great man. There's a sense in which I can't imagine the community without him. I was absolutely bawling too, when dispatch made the final call completing OP's tour of duty (and I'm tearing up again just thinking of it). I know I (along with so many other people) will miss him a lot.

I'm glad, though, that you made it safely and that Parker did well. I was also glad I got to see you, although I wish it had been under less sad circumstances.

Denise said...

Me too, that final call of duty just really made me lose it, although I cried through the entire thing! Next time I come to town, we will see each other during happy times!

Renee C. said...

I'd love to see you the next time you're in town! Let me know and we'll hang out.