Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Hearts Are Heavy

Today as Bert and I returned from visiting some patients at the hospital, we were privileged to witness our city and police officers from all over the country as they laid to rest a fallen Officer Jared Francom who was shot and killed one week ago.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=18829365&title=slain-officer-francom-remembered-as-devoted-father-thousands-attend-funeral

Six officers were shot and two are still in critical condition.  Lives are changed, hearts are broken.  A stunned city lines the streets for miles as thousands of police cars and motorcycles follow the big red fire truck that Carry's him to his final resting place.


39 comments:

H Ski said...

What amazing photos. It is so sad to see this but I am glad to see he was honored.

Tank said...

Policemen and firemen both really take care of their own, don't they? Looks like he had a very moving service, but what a tragedy that he was killed.

rottrover said...

very moving. and very sad.

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is so sad. We also live in constant fear because our son is a K-9 police officer up in Michigan. I don't even like to hear about his nights at work.

Police officers give their lives to keep us safe. That is quite a sacrifice!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Ernie and I have our heads bowed in honor of the fallen HERO.

We have our paws crossed fur the others who were injured.

Blessings on the First Responders.

Two Doodles and a Dane said...

Such a beautiful service.

Mr. Logan and Ms. Baci said...

Thank you for sharing your photos! May god bless our men in blue!

Nola said...

What a tragedy
Dachshund Nola

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

My Humans have watched as such a sad procession passed them en-route to the cemetery. It is truly amazing to see officers from across the U.S. assemble to honor a fallen officer.

Y'all come back now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Jules said...

Which is why I have a police memorial license plate. Those are some amazing photos as well.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

2browndawgs said...

So sad. Bless the fallen.

Finn said...

A sad sad day, but I am sure a lovely memorial.

Sam said...

It always breaks my hearts to hear these stories.

Sam

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

So very sad, such a senseless loss. But it is wonderful to see the support and love of the brotherhood. Our hearts go out to his family.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Sammie and Avalon said...

A beautiful and fitting tribute for this officer, but so sad - for his family and friends... for his department. A horrible story.

Scrappy said...

What a tribute though.

Thanks for reminding all of us to thank and honor all those who sacrifice their lives for us!

GOOSE said...

MOM once again has tears in her eyes. She sat for a while along the road as the fire truck carrying his body pasted by. For whatever reason it has affected her deeply. I think it's because she hold in such high honor and respect those who serve in such a selfless way.
Thanks for posting. My paws are crossed for those who were wounded, their families, and for Officer Francom's wife and children. Rest in peace brave sir.
Blessings,
Goose

Maggie Mae said...

The city of Ogden honored a hero today. God Bless Officer Jared Francom and his family.

Blessings,
Maggie Mae, Max and mom

KB said...

Your images set the tone perfectly. So somber, so sad, such a tragedy.

Our paws are crossed for those who are still recovering.

Jazzi said...

what a sad thing to happen. It is so great that he got honored so much. Great pictures.

wags
Jazzi and Addy

Murphigator said...

Beautiful pictures. Very sad day.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Vickie, that is so tragic. Best wishes for those injured and sincere sympathy to the Officer's family and friends. Love Carol

MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA said...

I am sorry for the loss of these brave people. My sincere condolences to their families. Thank you for sharing these photos of what must have been a moving memorial.
sending lotsaluv
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Maggie and Mitch said...

How very sad. Our hearts ache for the families and all of the friends.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Thuglets said...

What a tragic event. A very fitting memorial for a brave officer.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

haopee said...

I'm amazed at the sheer number of people who've attended this police officer's funeral. He must be a great guy to have so many friends.

Thanks for sharing the news, Bert. My condolences.

Your Vickie's pictures are awesome. Definitely moving.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Painter Pack said...

While this country has a lot of ongoing issues, it is with pride that we still stand and honor our fallen soldiers, policemen and firefighters. It would be impossible to live in such a world without the courage of such individuals.

Rest in Peace.

haopee said...

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Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Sarge said...

Hey Bert.
Wow, those flag pix are so glorious. My Dad has been to ceremonies like this and they are so special and touching. I'm always sorrowful to hear of a fallen hero. Thanks for sharing the moments with us. Sending warm vibes to the family and the others who are injured.
Grr and a Sad Woof,
Sarge, COP

snoopy@snoopysdogblog said...

I can see why your hearts are heavy, such a sad story! We're lucky that there are some very brave people out there looking out for us and our humans.....

Your pal Snoopy :)

Whisppy said...

How sad but what a great send off they gave him.

mayziegal said...

How very, very sad. What would we do without those brave people who put their lives at risk to protect the rest of us? Thank you for this beautiful and moving tribute to a true hero.

MayzieMom

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

As soon as we heard "ogden" on the news last week we thought of you guys immediately and hoped it wasn't anyone you knew...not that it makes a difference - it is just a tragedy for everyone in your little city.

The Army of Four said...

Rest in peace.
Luv,
Dave

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

A beautiful tribute.

Tessa the Maltese said...

How fury sad!

What a deservin and pawsome service!

woos, Tessa

RYKER said...

We are very sad to hear about this. What an impressive service the city provided. Thank goodness for the heros who put themselves at risk to protect and serve us. We owe them so very much.

Ellen said...

Your photos are so reminiscent of funerals for fallen officers in the Bay Area. So very poignant.

Kootenai's Summit Post said...

What a sad day for your city and our country. Sending up prayers for everyone!