Subject: A very moving Day Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:39 pm
This morning I stood in line with thousands of others on the streets of Newmarket, ON to pay my respects to a fallen police officer, killed in the line of duty last Tuesday. He had stopped a speeding van which was driven by a 15 year old boy. The boy then struck the officer, rolled the van and pinned the officer underneath the vechile. A very sensless accident, the officer didn't deserve to die. There were 3 other teens in the van with him. 15 is too young to drive here, this kid should have been in bed.
The service was attended by apporx 8000 police and rescue responders from Canada, USA and many other countries. As I stood at the end of the procession and watched the hearse go by I was thinking of this man's small children. He had a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 9 week old son. They will not remember today but I pray that Merideth remembers that her daddy loved her.
Please take the time to read the following news report and next time you see a rescue responder (police, ambulance attendant, fireman etc) thank them for putting their lives on the line to make our world a safer place.
Subject: Re: A very moving Day Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:48 pm
Thanks everyone. Amy, the 15 year old boy's very bad decision was to get behind the wheel of the car in the first place. Here in Ontario drivers have to be 16 to get their beginners driving permit. Then they have to go through years (not sure how many) of driving with more experienced drivers before they can drive alone. This kid planned the day before and bragged at school the day before about his plan for his joy ride. We don't know much about the others in the van except a girl in the back seat. Not sure how old she was but she claimed that she didn't know that he was only 15. She complained on her facebook page that she was being rediculed and being make to feel guilty. Her mother also posted on the fb page and told people to leave her daughter alone, she was innocent. If she was so innocent, why was she in the car before 5am in the morning when this accident happened. I am so angry at this mother. I think she should be hog tied for not keeping her teen at home. She and the others shold have been in bed!!
Please pray for Melissa Styles and her children Meredith and Nolan. Garrett will be sooo missed. My mother knows Melissa's family. She knew her grandmother and her father when he was just a small boy. I guess having this small connection with the family makes me so upset that this has happened.