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AC Bill
04-12-2016, 03:49 PM
Our Island mourned the death of one of it's Mounties today.

Cst. Sarah Beckett a young officer and mother, was killed in a horrific car crash while on duty.
An estimated 4,000 First Responder's from all over BC, Canada, and the US, marched down the Island Highway today, while thousands of the public lined the route, to pay their final respects.
I watched some of it on the news, and it was quite amazing. Not dis-similar to what a major political figure, like a Prime Minister, President, or perhaps even royalty would get.

The riderless horse, as per RCMP tradition.
http://images.glaciermedia.ca/polopoly_fs/1.2229446.1460496419!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_563/vka-funeral-191-jpg.jpg

http://www.news1130.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/9/2016/04/12/Cf3SVDGVIAALSwG.jpg

Still unsure of what caused the accident, but apparently the driver of the truck that struck her patrol car, has not been charged with anything. Some reports are that she was involved in a pursuit, but RCMP officials haven't really elaborated on that yet. Serious hit..

http://i.cbc.ca/1.3521816.1459882635!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/rcmp-officer-killed-langford.jpg

nomad
04-12-2016, 04:18 PM
It been a bad week here.....................

Very bad.

Present or former,

we are all family.

No cheer here today.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON16dVUoel0&nohtml5=False

Silverback
04-12-2016, 04:28 PM
RIP Sarah.

And thank you for your service.

Al G
04-12-2016, 05:36 PM
Condolences to the family and the Mounties.

nomad
04-12-2016, 08:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON16dVUoel0&nohtml5=False

Ron77
04-13-2016, 02:48 AM
It is always a sad moment when a good person like that loses their life. As for the turn out, she deserves it.

Ron

James Stern
04-13-2016, 03:15 AM
First responders have very dangerous jobs. I have the utmost respect for what they do for us. Rest In Peace Sarah.

DBBrian
04-13-2016, 04:20 PM
Very sad. So much respect for those who do these types of jobs.

nomad
04-13-2016, 06:31 PM
Very sad. So much respect for those who do these types of jobs.

Thank you DBBrian, I'm going out on a limb here and other First Responders on our Forum may concur or not, but I've been thinking over the last week of the number of people annually that lose their lives "on the job".
Each year there are many, one is too many...................
A case in point is a tree arborist who worked for the city on the Lower Mainland, that didn't go home from work about a month ago. A pruning job on a large tree went askew. He was in his 40's and left behind a wife and 2 children.
I thought about how the media, and the population as a whole, responded to his untimely work place related departure.
Well...............they didn't, just a short clip,in the 24 hour News Cycle and then................................ nothing.
Yet in this case a fallen Member of our National Police Force is given the pomp and ceremony that ALL First Responders receive.
And I wondered, why the difference?
And here is MY conjecture, the support and raw emotions displayed for a First Responder, be it an Emergency Room Physician, a Fireman, Policeman, or Dispatcher, is because when one of them falls on the Job, it bursts a BUBBLE that we Responders encase ourselves in.
That "bubble" is one that through rigorous training, the right tools and EXPERIENCE, we become in our minds "invincible".
And I believe thinking back, that we MUST have that bubble around us, it's what allows us, mere mortals to rush in to danger, when everyone else is fleeing.
Not to "take risks", not to flaunt injury or death, not to be super hero's but because in OUR mindset "we can accomplish anything to arrive at a positive outcome, be it saving a Life or protecting property.
And when we are proven that we are wrong, that we are as fallible as the next person, it shakes us to the core.
It's the old, there but for the grace of God........................
And it can affect a First Responder on the next call, just a spit second of SELF doubt can alter the outcome immensely in a very detrimental manner.
In the case of the late Constable Sarah Beckett, I am privy to very little information, and what I do know I am not at liberty to Post, but when the Investigation is complete into the incident, I believe that a reasonable person would believe that her "bubble" was burst, and that my friends, will weigh heavily on the minds of many First Responders.
Anyway, just a bit of venting on my part,
this has been a very hard week to live.......................

Ron77
04-14-2016, 04:11 AM
Nomad,

That is a great article and I agree with every bit of it. I would add one more thing that I learned when in the service. That bubble must include trying to disassociate yourself mentally and physically from any bad things that happen, which then tends to make people think that you are cold and uncaring. But if you allow yourself to get caught up in feelings for every bad thing you have to see or be a part of, then you won't last long. And it has impacted my life a lot more than I like to admit as I am basically a non social person. But a lifetime of habit is not easy to break at this late stage of my life. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all types of first responders, whether they be civilian or military.

Ron

Ron

Carlewms
04-14-2016, 04:31 AM
May Sarah Rest in Peace and her family find comfort in the embracing arms of friends and family.

Carl

James Stern
04-14-2016, 07:44 AM
Well said, Nomad.