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It was such an honor to be able to act as escorts for this fallen hero's family, to share in the grief of Constable Brian Bachmann's funeral yesterday.
We had the privilege of meeting this wonderful family through Mrs. Aigner calling to express her condolences to Constable Bachmann's precinct. Our daughter luckily answered that call.
Our middle child, had been interning with Precinct 1 all summer, and quite literally, she should be dead along side Constable Bachmann that day. But for the grace of God, it was the one time she just didn't go along with him --and when asked why since they had all just had lunch together, she just shakes her head & whispers, "I don't know." Well, I know: Constable Bachmann was a man of God and although it can't be scientifically shown, I like to think he and God were in league with keeping our child alive that day.
It was such a high honor - one of the greatest of our lives - to be with this family today. I just don't know how these families get through this devastating loss! Constable Aigner would have been so proud of his beautiful and thoughtful wife and children. The giving of their time and reliving what must have been extremely painful memories/emotions and helping US just amazed us!!!
To personally witness the fraternity of first responders is always a proud and painful at these types of events. But the TRUE care and compassion it offers the families of these too-often unsung heroes is simply outstanding. I think it is how these families are able to find the strength to help us useless civilians through the pain during this kind of loss.
God bless ALL the families that suffer this loss and may we as mere civilians come together and make laws & policies & raise kids that protect those who protect and serve our communities. Eternal Gratitude for ALL your service and sacrifices!
Valerie Purcell (CJ major)
mom of future law enforcement
August 19, 2012