Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saying prayers with a heavy heart

I'm kinda mellow today, for several reasons. The other reasons don't really matter as much as this: two police officers from my hometown, Tampa, Florida, were killed yesterday during a routine traffic stop.

Officer Curtis stopped a car which was missing a license plate, a 1994 Toyota Camry. During the stop he discovered there was a warrant out for this peson (from out of state), so he called Officer Kocab for backup. Police received a 911 call shortly after 2:15 a.m. from a person driving by the scene, reporting that the officers were shot.

Officer Jeff Kocab, 31, passed away shortly after he was brought to Tampa General Hospital. Officer Dave Curtis, also 31, was put on life support and pronounced dead around 8:30 a.m. at TGH.

Both men had families. Officer Dave Curtis had been with the department for almost four years. He has a wife and four boys between the ages of 8 months and 9 years old. Officer Kocab leaves behind a wife who is nine months pregnant. Kocab had only been with Tampa police for 14 months.

 If this doesn't stop you in your tracks, I don't know what would. Of course, this hits home hard for me because 1) I'm from Tampa, and 2) my husband will be a police officer in about 3 months.

Please, say a prayer for these families. Nothing is more tragic than something like this - two public servants, protecting you and me, were killed for no reason whatsoever.

While you're saying that prayer, offer up a little reminder to God that the f***er that killed these men still needs to be found.

And when he is found, ask God to make him wish he'd never been born.


  1. Oh MY GOSH. This is exactly why I am so nervous with my husband being a cop! Right now he is safe where he is but soon he will be most likely out on the street doing this kind of thing. What if he gets hurt too?! Ahh! I feel so sorry for their families. :-(

  2. Oh that is so sad. I will be praying for their families and praying for your hubby's safely as well.

  3. WOW! This is crazy..and so sad! It cant be easy knowing your hubby is going to be doing that kind of work soon.