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    Today I was shocked to learn, via Facebook, of the sudden death of a friend, a pastor with whom I worked through a faith-based organization dedicated to healing the wounds of violence in our community.

    Just two weeks ago we were at a committee meeting working out strategies for our next event. I had been away from the committee for a while -- too many of my own health issues getting in the way. I am so glad now that I came back when I did.

    The reverend had back surgery a couple of days ago, and he was still recuperating in the hospital. He had just come back to his room from physical therapy when he started to feel ill and short of breath. In hardly more than a heartbeat he was dead from a pulmonary embolism. He was in his early 50s.

    A soft-spoken, deliberate and thoughtful man, he led a congregation of several thousand in one of our largest black churches. He was never one to seek attention for himself, and served our community in a deeply meaningful but unobtrusive way. I am absolutely overcome with grief at the loss. And reminded of how fragile life is, how quickly it can leave us.
    Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
    Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
    A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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    Our condolences...... Ruby.
    This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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    • #3
      Sorry,Ruby..........
      "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson


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      • #4
        Condolences.
        Dispatch: "All units be advised, he's on foot in a red dodge pick up truck."
        Me: "Ummm, control..."

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        • #5
          Thanks, BBB, brn2reign, and deputyx2....
          Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
          Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
          A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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          • #6
            My wife's mother went in for back surgery a couple of years ago and died on the table. Shocking. I know how you feel. Consider yourself blessed to have spent some time with him in his final days.

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            • #7
              Sorry to her that Ruby... God Bless.
              Looking for a Seattle injury attorney to help me.

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              • #8
                Sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.....

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                • #9
                  Thanks bikecop, sharon, just joe. Your thoughts are much appreciated.
                  Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
                  Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
                  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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