Sometimes a story comes along that hits you in the gut with the force of a wrecking ball and won't let you go. Such is the next story, which I wrote after the death of Washington County Sheriff Bill Overbeck. I'd never heard of a "last call" until my cousin, a police officer for the Albuquerque Police Department, died with his partner in the line of duty. Never before had I heard silence so eloquently, and tragically, expressed.
My editor submitted the story as an entry for the Kansas Press Association awards. It failed to receive any honors, which frankly miffed me. Maybe I'm too close to the story but I felt it deserved something more than the anonymity of a weekly newspaper. So, I'm throwing it out into cyberspace.
I dedicate the article to all the brave men and women of our law enforcement agencies, and their families.
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