Sunday, May 27, 2007

Cleveland Hts Police Officer Executed

Being the son of a retired police officer, this story really puts a hard lump in my throat.

This officer was not killed, he was executed in cold blood!

From the PD --

Cleveland Heights -- Police Chief Martin Lentz said Timothy Halton Jr., 27, shot officer Jason West, who died at Huron Hospital a little after midnight this morning.

Halton had been convicted in December 2004, of assault. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to take antipsychotic medication.....

West, who was recently promoted to investigator, was shot in the head and legs.

This is what Lentz says happened at about 10 p.m. Friday: Officers were called to Altamont Avenue to quell a loud party that erupted into a fight over a woman. Three police cars responded.

West arrived first and blocked a vehicle that was trying to leave. Halton was in a black car parked nearby.West got out of his car and was immediately shot by Halton. Halton got out of his vehicle and walked toward West, firing more shots.
listen to the 911 call here

West's family, from Avon, were with him when he died. He never regained consciousness.

People, next time you see a policeman, or their family - do yourself a favor, Thank them!

Thank them for sacrificing a normal lifestyle that you enjoy and they cannot. Thank them for the routine inconveniences they go through by being the family of a police officer.

Delayed birthday parties, opening of Christmas gifts, etc.... Everything single they do is dictated by being the proud family of a police officer.

Look their children in the eye, when this child is old enough, they will realize what the spouse already knows; on a daily basis when their police officer parent leaves for work, it may be the last time they ever see them alive.

I could go on and on with these examples..... It is a sacrifice most people and families would NEVER make.

But even with all this, being the family of a police officer, is something I would NOT trade for all the riches in the world!

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