Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Muster

On the first or second of every month, the Ann T. Hathaway blog honors law enforcement officers who have died in service to their communities. The muster is a tradition I learned at Texas A & M University. Once a year, the school turns off most of its lights. Students, alumni, faculty and family attend a huge convocation. Someone calls the name of each departed Aggie from the roll. Another Aggie always answers for their presence: here with us.

We lost twelve police officers in May of 2010.

--Joseph Bergeron--Brian Huff--Danny Benavides--Brian Mahaffey--
--Tauveve Vivao--Patrick Ambroise--Eydelman Mani--
--Thomas Wortham IV--Bill Evans--Brandon Paudert--
--Mark Van Doren--Travis Murphy--

You can learn more about these officers at the Officer Down Memorial Page


The Observer said...

Ann T:
Note the variety of origins of names--no longer is police craft only the province of the Irish and other western European heritages. This is a good change.

May God be present with their families in a very real and comforting way.

The Observer

Edith Bunker said...

to follow your lead:
Tom Wortham was a 30 year old Chicago police officer who had recently returned from his second tour in Iraq. He decided to stay in his family neighborhood despite the fact that it has become somewhat blighted since the projects closed down a few years ago.

He took his new motorcycle over to his dad's (retired police officer) house in the neighborhood. He was fatally shot in front of his father by four men who stole his motorcycle. This was on May 20, 2010.
Rest in Peace, Lieutenant Wortham.

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
Yes, we have diversity in policing. I think that means we should have more acceptance by all communities. It mystifies me why it does not seem to be so.

Thanks for stopping in, and for mentioning the families left behind.

Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Mrs. Bunker,
Yes, thanks for adding some words about an individual officer. I was very upset by his murder and the circumstances.

All such comments are welcome here. Thanks for taking a lead on this.

Ann T.

Unknown said...

Patrick Ambroise was killed in an automobile accident down here in South Florida. A car suddenly veered onto the shoulder and struck Trooper Ambroise's 2006 Crown Victoria from behind, causing it to burst into flames, trapping him inside.

He leaves behind two small children and a wife along with other family members.

RIP Trooper Ambroise.

Ann T. said...

Dear peedee,
Thanks for speaking up for Trooper Ambroise. This is a lovely thing.


Ann T. said...

Officer Tauveve Vivao, an Army veteran and officer of the Hawaii Police Department, suffered a heart attack while training to be a better law enforcement officer.

He leaves behind a wife and eight children.

We are so sorry for your loss.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for doing this Ann T. It means a lot to remember the sacrifices of others. As for A & M, nothing but class at that institution.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Thanks for stopping by to view it. It's the exchange that makes it meaningful.

As for A & M, you're right. Great place.

Ann T.