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Fallen Heroes – Apache Police and US Marines; Back the Blue; Semper Fidelis

One of the “movements” that we read about is to “Defund the Police”….  A close friend sent me news the other day of two fallen heroes, members of the Apache Nation Police Force. Only about 20 of these young men and women patrol 1.8 million acres of reservation and respond to 32,000 calls per year. The photos here show the wives and children of the fallen officers, and two members of Secret Santa’s ELF force who made contributions to the families to cover basic necessities. A third police officer who was shot in a separate incident is also one of Secret Santa’s ELFs. She was shot four times, but survived. Try to think about the sacrifices these men and women make to provide some order to other peoples’ lives. Put yourself in their position; one of the officers was in a car chase, and the perp struggled with the officer, shot and killed him, and escaped with his weapon and patrol car. Thankfully, he was stopped and neutralized before he could kill again. 

As you may have read in the last blog post, our Sergeant Susan died 16 years ago this past week. We have a soft spot in our hearts for all Marines, so it was especially sad when we learned of the crash of a Marine Corps Osprey aircraft last week with all hands on board killed, on the same day Susan died in 2006. Fewer than 1% of Americans serve their country in military uniform these days, and with budget cuts imposed by irresponsible politicians, these young men and women are suffering more casualties than in years past. These five young men are all from small towns across America. They wanted to serve their country, and died in that service. Like the Apache policemen and women discussed above, these Marines and their families deserve our utmost respect and admiration. God bless them all. Semper Fidelis! Donations to fallen Navy personnel and Marines can be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at

                                            Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois

                                        Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire

                                        Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson County, Wyoming

                                                    Capt. John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California

                                        Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico


  • Brad Bernardy
    Posted June 15, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for the reminders Ty. We owe these heroes our everyday freedoms that many take for granted…

  • Anonymous
    Posted June 15, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Such sadness here, Ty as you respectfully honor these young men in their courageous heroism. We weep for their loss. Thank you for reminding us of the price we pay for our freedom. Much love and prayers to their families. Thank you for sharing.


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