|Mission companions, Rick and Aaron Raine|
One thing that happened at the cemetery was called "Last Call." It's where they call the Deputy over the radio using his name and the formal language of the radio system. All of the officers at the cemetery had their radios on and it could be heard throughout the cemetery. Rick recorded it. We've listened to it a few times now and every time it brings tears to our eyes. It is so powerful.
I have thought about a few things since this event took place. A few things come to mind…How grateful I am and how easily I take for granted those people who serve us and protect our lives and our freedoms all the while their lives at risk. They actually put their lives on the line every singe day to protect each of us. And we just get to go on living our lives in relative safety without much worry. I've heard it said that "I wouldn't let my husband work in law enforcement, military, FBI, etc." And I guess we are all welcome to make that demand. However, I am now a little more aware of the fact that people do allow their husbands, brothers, fathers, etc. serve and protect me every day, risking their lives so that we can live in a safer, better world. That really is a big risk they are willing to take. And Cory Wride took that risk and now his family lives without him in their lives so that Utah could be a safer place. I'm happy to know that they will be with their father again some day. I also realize what a small world we live in really. Although Rick was never companions with Elder Wride, they knew of each other in New York. And also through their loose connection through the hospital. Unfortunately, the emergency department and the police force are a little bit more acquainted with each other than I am comfortable with. But, again, those are choices these people make. And I am thankful for them for doing so.
So, Aaron and his wife spent some time in our home after the services. Conversation went back and forth between mission stories and police stories and kid stories and Church stories and back again. It was a very pleasant evening listening to these two friends remember old times. It was unfortunate circumstances, however, that brought them together that evening. I can see why Rick always talks of his time spent in New York with Elder Raine with fondness.