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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK
By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp
THE YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE
It has been a very good year in many ways. Next month’s issue of FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK will present a review of 2012’s objectives, goals, performances, and results. It was also a critical year in many respects. A difficult economy and challenging social changes brought increasing pressure and frustration. Overall, I believe we succeeded in many of our endeavors and will be able to produce positive plans to improve even more in the next year.
As we reach Christmas and the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on some things that were important in other ways. Loved ones that were lost. Families who faced heavy burdens.
And in the world of law enforcement, we have many such concerns as well, being members of a force dedicated to the protection of the community and all which that involves.
We recently experienced such a situation, when Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, Badge number 6128, was killed in the line of duty on November 26th, while engaged in a routine traffic stop on I-55. He was struck by a truck and killed. He had joined the ISP in May, 2009.
The Illinois State Police honored this Fallen Officer with a Memorial Service grieving the loss of our brother. He was an outstanding trooper, praised by fellow officers and the department leadership. He had an excellent standard for his performance.
As an example of his commitment to service, he had joined 29 other ISP officers and traveled to the east coast to assist New Jersey police officers in dealing with Hurricane Sandy. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, and his son.
Many others have had to face such a loss. For example, the Illinois chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, or ILCOPS is an organization dedicated to honoring those who have fallen. It was started in 1984 with 110 individual memberships. Today their membership has grown to more than 15,000 families.
And of course there are many of us who face the problems of losing a loved one during the Christmas season.
Grieving for a loved one is always difficult, but as pointed out by the website Hospice, the sorrow deepens against the background of a joyous, happy Christmas season. In fact the anticipation of a holiday without a loved one is often more difficult than the holiday itself.
There are some things that can help during this time. Sharing fears and concerns with families and close friends can be important steps. Telling them what they can do to help is often valuable and effective. In truth, there is no right way to grieve. It is an individual process and experience.
There are many organizations and websites with useful, proven ideas for dealing with this time. Such a site, Caring Connections, located atwww.caringinfo.org is an excellent example, featuring a wide range of support measures.
The following poem has helped brighten many lives when fate has brought grieving and the Holidays together:
MY FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN
I see the countless Christmas trees
around the world below,
With tiny lights, like Heaven’s stars,
reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away the tear,
For I am spending Christmas with
Jesus Christ this year.
I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare
with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you,
the joy their voices bring,
For it’s beyond description
to hear the angels sing.
I know how much you miss me,
I see the pain inside your heart,
But I am not so far away,
we really aren’t apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones,
you know I hold you dear,
And be glad I’m spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
I sent you each a special gift
from my heavenly home above,
I sent you each a memory
of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift
more precious than pure gold,
It was always most important
in the stories Jesus told.
Please love and keep each other,
my Father said to do,
I can’t count the blessing or love
He has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas
and wipe away that tear,
Remember, I am spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year.
A very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year to each and every one of you.
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