Here’s to You 17E23

This is a touching tribute of a Police officer for a fellow Police officer lost in the line of duty. Loss of a Police officer is a tremendous loss not only for the family and friends of the Officer but the whole society. Law enforcement officers are special human beings. In the words of the author of the story, “My hat goes off to the men and women working in law enforcement. In that line of work, you develop relationships that are closer than the regular co-worker relationships and when something tragic happens, it cuts just a little deeper than normal.”

Past, Present, & Future


I saw on my Facebook tonight that a few friends have posted regarding the upcoming execution of Edgar Tamayo on 01/22/14. This is 20 years after he killed my friend Guy Gaddis. Dave Bush and I were riding the unit 17E14 that night. I later went on to ride with Craig Hensarling on 17E10 for a little over a year but I stayed in that beat because I loved the officers I worked with. 17 district was broken up into 4 beats; 10’s, 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s….hence 17 E (identifying Beechnut substation) and whatever beat, early side or late side. Early side units were even numbers and odd numbers were late side.

Guy Gaddis was one of the hardest working officers I ever knew. Just like the rest of us, at the end of every shift, his boots had mud on them and his uniform that had been clean at 11pm looked like he’d rolled around on the ground a couple times…

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About samina iqbal

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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16 Responses to Here’s to You 17E23

  1. Thank you for sharing this touching tribute to Guy, Samina. There are so many brave men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line each day, the recognition you give to them is beautiful. xo


    • Thanks for your kind words of appreciation Jill. It always means so much to me. When such a tragedy takes place it makes my heart sink and I pray for all our protectors. May God keep them safe for us and their loved ones. Amen.


  2. You know, these are the times when one feels may be, guns should not be made available this rampantly! how brave these men are who go out every day, knowing that they may not return!


  3. It’s another very touching reminder of the bravery and sacrifice of those who are willing to risk everything to protect the rest of us.


    • Hi Kathryn. Thanks so much for the valuable input my friend. The bravery and sacrifice of our protectors must be honored and respected by us is the message of this story. You said it so rightly my friend. Take care and God bless.


  4. what are you doing grrrl? no posts for four days! that is not acceptable, snap out!!!!


    • Hi my lovely friend. I love your reprimand, so full of love. I am snapping out quickly, I actually wanted to leave this touching story of our hero for a few days thats why I have delayed my post. It is all ready and I am posting it tomorrow, by your blessing. Thanks for the concern. I love it, it made my day. Take care and God bless.


  5. Morguie says:

    I read the story and thank you for sharing it and making it possible to know of this tragedy. May God bless the officer’s family and all officers who must put their lives on the line to ensure our safety.


    • Thank you so much for your valuable input my friend. Amen to your prayer. We are blessed to have such heroes protecting us and we are thankful all the time for this blessing. Take care and God bless.


  6. Our community just lost an officer and is looking not only for answers as to why, but reeling from the senseless tragedy. It does cut deeply. Thank you for posting this and bringing the subject matter the honorable recognition it deserves. God bless, Samina!


    • My heart reaches out to the families of those who lose their loved ones in a senseless manner. Loss of a police officer is a loss of a whole society. It surely cuts deep. I feel very sad that your community lost a protector. I am sure with time, lessons will be learnt to prevent further tragedies. Thanks for sharing your communities pain with us. I pray for the healing of your community, it is a very big loss. God bless his noble soul. Amen.


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