Please remember the sacrifice these brave men and women make everyday! I am proud to be the mother of two of them! Yesterday when I posted this I didn't explain where the pictures were taken. I thought I would share that with you today. The very bottom row of pictures were from the funeral of two wonderful deputies Kevin and Joe that passed away when their helicopter crashed in July 2005. It was the first police funeral my husband and I had ever attended and unfortunately not the last. It was 105 in Sacramento that day and thousands of people lined the streets to salute the officers (from all over the country) as they drove through the streets of Sacramento. After attending the service my husband and I joined the thousands of citizens that lined the streets in the hot July sun. As we stood there waving and saluting I saw both my sons traveling in the same patrol car drive by and flash their lights and siren at us! I was never so proud of anything in my entire life as I was that day! This is certainly not the career I would have chosen for my only two children but that day I realized why they did!
The pictures taken around the Capital were from the funeral of Vu Nguyen shot by a gang member in December 2007. Vu was in the academy with my youngest son Darrell. I remember him so well during the graduation. His name was called out numerous times during the ceremony for awards he had won throughout the academy. He also won the very top award of their class the "Top Gun Award". He was an outstanding deputy!