Yesterday thousands attended the funeral of slain trooper Chad Derymer he was gunned down during a training exercise at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Virginia on March 31st, 2016.Dermyer, who became a state police trooper in 2014, was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served as an officer with the Newport News Police Department and in his hometown of Jackson, Mich.
He is survived by his wife and two children, ages 14 and 11. He was 37.
Dermyer was shot and killed by James Brown III of Aurora, Ill. during training for that counterterrorism unit. The training involved approaching people who seem suspicious. His suspicion helped him identify a murderer and unfortunately he paid the ultimate price.
The question is “how do we dictate the worthiness of ones life?” I chose to chase my passions and do work i enjoy doing like everyone else. Ive never had an interest in being a part of the military my mother served in the United states army, my step mother still serves in the army as well, My step father served 20 plus years in the air force. My father served over 20 years in the United states Navy and my uncle still serves as a colonel in the Marines. My sister is probation officer that will eventually become a crime scene detective. I have no desire to carry a gun or fight. Does that mean i dont serve my country. Does that mean i wont put my life on the line for someone else? Does that speak about my integrity? When someone dies in the hands of someone else pain engulfs your body, like a slow moving dark cloud of thick smoke. It starts at your feet and it moves slowly through your blood stream, filling every crevice of your body. encompassing your lungs, surrounding your heart, slowly moving up your spine, into your throat as you feel like youre choking and into your mind and suffocating you. Its unimaginable pain. My condolences go out to Officer Drymyer’s family.
Death is death. Murder is murder. We should value every life the same because we were all created the same and our blood flows the same and who we are and what we do doesnt make one life more valuable than the next. All lives matter. Show respect to all families who have lost a loved one. Pain still hurts regardless. Officer Dermyer’s murderer was killed shortly after, so so many may say his family has some relief. It’s all to common how i witness slain officers and law enforcement fall victim to murder and the police departments put EVERY effort forth to resolve the murder and fight for justice in every imaginable and unimaginable way possible. Is that a fight for their own? I believe fair is fair. That’s one main reason our country faces so much turmoil because of so much injustice. Well my detective told me Damians murder would only be resolved if someone was detained for something else( most likely drug charges he implied) and decided they didnt want to go to jail and told information they knew. Then when asked to question certain individuals the detective stated ” i mean and say what”. If hes trying to help find Damiams murderer his efforts are disguised.. Fight for every life. If we truly took the time to look outside ourselves. Look outside of our family problems, psychological issues, our pain, our suffering, our prejudices, our uncertainties, our hates, our frustrations, our trained minds, our ignorance, our fears, our egos, if we take the time to value human life then how we treat others would change and how we live would reflect. We are all only here temporarily as we steadily allow the physical world to engulf our lives and destroy our souls. Take a step back and care. Our streets were filled with officers and attendees of his funeral. Not one officers came to Damians funeral.Now Imagine if support was shown for every death, how would things be different?