Flowers in the backyard...
A little shocked
a little empty
beneath it all
it's just not right
taken this way
I just found this article and I wanted to reprint it here. Just to remember.
Officer's death shocks, saddens
By Ricci Graham, STAFF WRITER
Renard Thompson was viewed by his fellow Alameda County sheriff's deputies as a hardworking up-and-comer, a patrol officer who was establishing himself as someone with a promising future in the agency.
Imagine how shocked Thompson's contemporaries at the Eden Township Substation in San Leandro were on Monday, when they arrived at work and were told of his tragic death.
"I came in on Monday and ... I was all hot to tell him about" a break in a case, Sgt. Brian Cook said on Tuesday. "Then I was told what happened, and I couldn't believe it."
A 33-year-old deputy who had been with the agency since 1998, Thompson died after his motorcycle collided head-on with pickup truck on a rural road in an unincorporated area of Tracy on Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.
Robert Rickman, the public affairs officer for the Tracy area office of the CHP, said Thompson, of Stockton, was driving eastbound on Bethany Road just west of Lammers Road when his motorcycle drifted over the double yellow lines as he attempted to maneuver through a right-hand curve.
Thompson was ejected from his motorcycle and thrown into a barbed-wire fence after his motorcycle struck a 2000 Ford Ranger head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Rickman said.
The 35-year-old driver of the Ford Ranger was not injured, Rickman said.
While the investigation into the accident was ongoing, Rickman said it didn't appear that Thompson or the driver of the truck were traveling at excessive speeds.
Rickman also said alcohol was not a factor in the accident, which occurred around 4:50 p.m.
Alameda County sheriff's Lt. Jim Knudson said the department is working to establish a trust fund for Thompson's wife and two children, who live in Stockton.
"We want to set up a fund to help his family," Knudson said. "He was a nice young man. It's a tragedy."
Detective Mike Carroll said Thompson was a team leader "who didn't hesitate to take charge of a situation."
"A lot of times, you don't realize what a good job someone is doing until they're gone," Carroll said. "He was one of the best deputies we had. He was eager to learn, and he liked doing investigations.
"He was just really a true cop."
~*~ I am in utter SHOCK. It's probably been at least three years since I've seen him, but I can still hear his voice. I remember what he sounded like. He had the prettiest eyes. And he was a good deputy. Truly. Not one of those cocky guys. I can still see him in my mind. It really isn't fair.