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Police stand in for fallen officer at his daughter's kindergarten graduation
Today ^ | May 23, 2013 | Eun Kyung Kim

Posted on 05/23/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT by EveningStar

Tatum Raetz graduated from kindergarten this week, just three days after her police officer father was killed while investigating a drunk driving case.

But the 5-year-old girl definitely felt her father’s presence at her ceremony, thanks to nearly 300 uniformed officers standing in his place at her Phoenix elementary school.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: phoenix; police
Article with video: Huge show of support for fallen officer's daughter
1 posted on 05/23/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Awesome.


2 posted on 05/23/2013 3:05:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

The story made me think of the Google image of yesterday


3 posted on 05/23/2013 3:06:45 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar

This one:

http://www.csmonitor.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/content/2013/0520-doodle4google-art/15864921-1-eng-US/0520-doodle4google-art_full_600.jpg


4 posted on 05/23/2013 3:08:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EveningStar

God Bless them!


5 posted on 05/23/2013 3:16:46 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: EveningStar

I seem to be having problems with my monitor...


6 posted on 05/23/2013 3:17:28 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (DONATE!!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Same here.


7 posted on 05/23/2013 3:23:02 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: EveningStar
Many of the officers were off duty, and some had come off full night shifts. Those who couldn’t make it attended a fundraiser that afternoon for Raetz and a firefighter who was killed the same weekend.

I hope this didn't cost the taxpayers, for me there are more than just warm feelings resulting from these mass displays of strength and unity and raw mass, by the uniformed, armed, government, unionized, public servants who are becoming the most powerful political force in many of our cities, I feel a little discomfort.

8 posted on 05/23/2013 3:26:35 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Mine too, it got awfully blurry


9 posted on 05/23/2013 3:28:38 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: EveningStar

Very moving.

RIP Officer Daryl Raetz.....


10 posted on 05/23/2013 3:37:02 PM PDT by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine, listen to good music and dream good dreams.)
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To: EveningStar

I lost my mother to cancer at the age of 22.I was devastated by her death despite being a young adult and the fact that her death was expected for months.I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like for a 5 year old to lose a parent so suddenly and violently.


11 posted on 05/23/2013 3:44:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: EveningStar

Damn, my monitor got all blurry reading this.....


12 posted on 05/23/2013 3:46:49 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: EveningStar

If you want to get mad after tearing up a bit, the perp was an illegal alien who has had prior DUI’s and deportations....


13 posted on 05/23/2013 3:51:19 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: ansel12

Ditto.

But I think what you are trying to say has just flown completely over the heads of all who are caught up in the emotion of the moment.

Wonder how the other graduating kids, not members of the ruling class, felt?


14 posted on 05/23/2013 3:59:19 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ansel12
Now I fear you and I are going to catch some hell.
15 posted on 05/23/2013 4:01:20 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

I thought about it before I posted, but I felt that things are getting so bad and that the realization is so widespread among conservatives and Independents, that it had to be mentioned. When you live in a city that they have taken over completely and are bleeding dry, like they did in San Diego as one of many national examples(Bob Filner for God’s sake?), you see this government display as something more than just a show of sympathy for the daughter of a traffic fatality.


16 posted on 05/23/2013 4:09:40 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12
F ... mass displays of strength and unity and raw mass, by the uniformed, armed, government, unionized, public servants who are becoming the most powerful political force in many of our cities, I feel a little discomfort.

Thank you! If it was this kid's high school graduation, I could buy it. But kindergarten "graduation"? Come on, who's kidding who? This had nothing to do with the kid.

17 posted on 05/23/2013 4:16:36 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Disagree. I’ve been to enough elementary school ceremonies (both as a parent and as a presenter) and invariably you see the children peering out into the audience, hoping for a glimpse of their parents. I doubt the 5 year old can process that daddy is never coming home from work and would still be searching for him to be there. This was important IMHO.


18 posted on 05/23/2013 4:46:36 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Undicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: EveningStar

This was absolute awesome by these LEOs and others.

It was tough for me losing my mom unexpectedly at 15....must be terrible for this little 5 yr old

And the fact that it was an illegal alien involved...I am angry


19 posted on 05/23/2013 4:47:56 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; Ronald_Magnus
"I seem to be having problems with my monitor"

Fix your monitors with this Kleenex, here...

God bless those sweet guys.

20 posted on 05/23/2013 5:06:22 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: ansel12
You are right on the money. I saw what the "lockdown" (we are now no better than convicts in a prison cell?) in Boston was all about, and it was scary.

Once upon a time, it was called "marshal law" and had to conform to legal checks and balances.

No doubt that a lot of libs in Boston celebrated the blue "heros" who frog marched whole INNOCENT families out of their houses at gun point, and STILL DIDN'T FIND THE PERP!!

Even after TERRORIZING a whole community.

This is a case of bureauKaRATZ flexing their muscle. Nothing less.

I'll stop now, before the IRS decides I need an anal.

21 posted on 05/23/2013 5:18:08 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat; ansel12
But I think what you are trying to say has just flown completely over the heads of all who are caught up in the emotion of the moment.

Nah, most of the others have too much class to call you both out for your crassness.

22 posted on 05/23/2013 5:31:47 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Finny
Thank you! If it was this kid's high school graduation, I could buy it. But kindergarten "graduation"? Come on, who's kidding who? This had nothing to do with the kid.

Yeah, a full Army battalion's worth of uniforms and guns, I wonder how many vehicles.

23 posted on 05/23/2013 5:36:11 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Gabz

Oh, goodness, please specifically point out the “crassness!”

In my opinion, there is no “class” amongst those who neither know nor worry about the evils of institutionalization.

Go study what that term “institutionalization” means, then get back to me about “crass.”

At that point, we can have an informed conversation.

I am not being rude or insulting here. This is a matter ideology and you and I have different opinions about the current attitude of bureauKaRATZ.

Have a good weekend and a very good Memorial day.

I do mean that sincerely.


24 posted on 05/23/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: Gabz

Wow. Baaaaaa-aaaaaaa-aaaaaaaaah


25 posted on 05/24/2013 8:03:31 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: NonValueAdded
Why is it such a good thing to introduce 5-year-olds to the public display "ceremonies" of life passages that are ... ordinary?? KINDERGARTEN graduation?!? You're training five-year-olds to attach anxiety and significance on others (looking for daddy in the audience and when he's not there, being disappointed) when an ORDINARY event passes. Please be honest enough to recognize that any public display celebration of something any normal kid does at such a young age, is ONLY for the adults.

Stop being so touch-feely and start thinking.

26 posted on 05/24/2013 8:12:52 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Training them? Nay, not me. I simply observed what the children DO and reported the same. You are the one imputing agendas. Look inside yourself, Clarice. Re-read and think again.


27 posted on 05/24/2013 11:14:59 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Undicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: NonValueAdded
No, Clarice, you pretend that you're "observing," but in truth you're lamenting how disappointing it is to kids when parents don't show up for charades like kindergarten "graduation." You are indirectly ENDORSING the validity of the charade, and I am merely observing that when adult society endorses such charades, the result is to train children to attach importance to trivialities.
28 posted on 05/27/2013 9:46:18 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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