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Constable Edward Earl Flora

Warren County Constable's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch Friday, October 26, 1990

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Reflections for Constable Edward Earl Flora

Here's to your grandfather Crystal a signed petition from the ODMP Web Site, please feel free to read it, it will be on the file with yours. Your grandfather didn't deserve to die and your loss is what fighting for justice is all about. Your grandfather will not be forgotten as a law enforcement officer and as a loving father and grandfather. John 3:16

Ret. Sgt. Joe Covington
Corpus Christi Police Department

June 19, 2015

Well I have made 20 more copies today of petitions to keep the one responsible for your death behind bars. This fall he will have "done his time" they say he thinks & he will be requesting a release. However if we can help it...that won't happen. We will fight tooth & toe nail for his tail to sit in prison until we have NO FIGHT LEFT. He took many things from us Oct. 26, 1990. A husband, a daddy, a grandfather, a great grandfather (yep you are a great grandfather 15 if my math is correct) & a friend! I think you would be PROUD of what we've become!

What he didn't take from us was the memories that represents you & the stature of man you were not only in our community of Anna, KY but Warren County Kentucky, surrounding counties & states. For that I HOPE the parole board members will take into consideration & see that he stays right where he is & should be.

I love you!
Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grand Child
Mother of your 12th Great Grand Child

Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grand Child

June 10, 2015

​The Dash
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996

​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end.

He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real
and always try to understand
​the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

​So, when your eulogy is being read,
with your life’s actions to rehash…
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?

Pa you would never think much of it, but YOU SIR lived your dash to the fullest. Just this past Sunday night, proved it.

Nichole was heading to get gas in her son's truck, (one of your name sake) hit a deer, she called moma & daddy, long story short, they in turned called KSP to get report filed, as the officer was taking information & just having some small talk with Moma about how many years on the job etc, she mentioned "her daddy" he asked what was your name, she tells, him, immediately out of his mouth, he said "He was the Constable."

The officer told a similar story of him & his daddy, so through the calculations of how old the officer is today, we narrowed it down to the officer being around 34 years old. You have been gone 24 yrs so this officer was 10 at the time you were taken from us. Why would he at 34 now even begin to remember you after all you weren't any relation to him, he was 10 at the time of your "last call".

The reason he remembered you - Is because of the way YOU LIVED YOUR DASH!! Maybe not that he can actually remember you but someone somewhere along the line of his training classes or whatever, your story has been told. You are thought of just as much today as you were then.

This coming year we will be heading back to Frankfort I hope to keep the guy who is responsible for your death behind bars for a few more years. As we approach the 25th year anniversary it will be hard to but for you & justice, we will fight to the END!

Miss you, love you & Rest in Peace, Pa.

Crystal Young
Oldest Grandchild

October 28, 2014

Pa, just sitting her going through some old photos and showing your pictures to my kids, step kids, and my step granddaughter! They are enjoying all the stories I am sitting here sharing with them and they so wish they could of met you! I can't help but cry cause I miss you so much! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that we all think about you often and miss you so much! It is just so hard to believe it has almost been 24 years that you were taken from us! Even after all those years I can't say that the pain is any easier cause it's not! I love you and will see you again one day! Rest easy Pa

Tonya Beck
2nd oldest grandchild

August 21, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Crystal C Young
Oldest Grandchild

January 30, 2014

Uncle Earl, I do think of you often,especially when I pass your farm. I have wonderful memories of being at your house. The reunions you and Aunt Edna Mae had were the best. I never ever heard any one person say an ill will against you. It was always Respect. I remember the dog you had RUFUS. You would be proud of your kids,grandkids and great grandkids.

Just so you know, I loved coming to your house,you always made me smile.

Melinda(Mindy)Joiner
Great-Niece

December 7, 2013

Pa,

I guess I just needed to let you know your on my mind today. Nothing particularly special in today 11/19/2013, just needed to reflect a little I suppose.

We had Thanksgiving dinner at your house this past Saturday, must say Mimmie outdid herself this year. I am not a turkey fan by any means but it was especially good this year. There was a house full. Only one thing could have made it SUPER but that wasn't possible.

Sure wished you could join us for our daughters 3rd birthday this weekend. She is a tom-tooter!! I have a video of her calling the cows from back during the spring, when I was filming it didn't think too much about it, but then replaying it I said I sure wished Pa could see this.

Miss you more than ever!

Love you,

Crystal C Young
Oldest Grandchild

November 19, 2013

RIP Constable.... All these years later you are still remembered and admired.

Former Sheriff's Deputy
Marion County Sheriff's Dept., Indianpolis, Indiana

April 26, 2013

Pa' today has been 22 years since you were taken from us! I miss you just as much today as I did 22 years ago! My oldest child will be 20 on Nov 30, only 2 years after you were taken from us she was born. Oh how I wish you could of been here for the birth of your first great grandchild! I also have a son who is 16 and Casey has 3 boys ages 18, 17, and 8! We all miss you dearly and cant wait to see you again one day! Dad had a massive heart attack back in June and had to have 4 bypasses but is doing really well. Him and Steve are still keeping the farm up and running but nothing like you, and Janet comes and helps too when we gather the cattle up! I know that you are watching down on all of us! Mimmie still misses you terribly and you are still the only man for her! We are all still very close and all still gather around on the holidays wishing you were there with us. I love you Pa' and miss you!

Tonya Beck
2nd oldest grandchild

October 26, 2012

22 years ago today our lives changed forever! Seems like a lifetime at times then other times seems like only yesterday I last saw you. Many things have changed over the 22 years since your departure; the typical things marriages, divorces, births, deaths so we are not unique in that aspect. Just a little unique cause it was such a sensless way you had to go. I just thought your departure from this old world would be in a farming accident never once gave it any thought that you would be shot & killed. Not in Anna, Ky, that stuff happens in big cities, & we certainly don't live in the big city. We are pretty rural, but you know the older I have become I realize that it does happen in rural communities just like big cities, we're just not as high on the "radar" as those places.

In any event, I miss you as much today probably more reallly, than I did when you passed. I wish you could have seen what your family has become in person. I think you would be proud, now keep in mind we are not perfect by any stretch of the imaginiation but you would be proud.

Love Always,
Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grandchild

PS Your 12th great-grand child (our daughter) will be 2 next month. Wish she could have known you.

Crystal Young
Granddaughter

October 26, 2012

Today would have been your 85th birthday, Happy Birthday Pa.

Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grandchild

January 30, 2012

October 2010 we went before the parole board again. They extended his sentence another 5 years. On Thanksgiving night 2010, your 3rd great granddaugter was born. She is a healthy rambunkious little girl soon to be 1 year old. Time has flown by this past year but nothing like the 21 that you have been gone.

We truly have had a gapping hole in our lives since Oct. 26th, 1990, though time heals somethings, there are somethings that just can't be healed.

Miss you everyday!
Love,
Crystal Croslin Young & husband as well as your 12th great grandchild

Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grandchild

November 1, 2011

Just thought I'd pass along Pa I married March 2009 & we are expecting our first child in Nov, 2010. You will have another great grand daughter. Miss you everyday. We will continue to fight to keep the one responsible for your death behind bars. He is up for parole in Oct of 2010.

Love Always,
Crystal Croslin Young

Crystal Croslin Young
Oldest Grand Child

August 19, 2010

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 30, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe,
Manchester, NH

October 24, 2007

It is almost 16 years now since you were taken from this world. You are still missed deeply by your family, and friends. You will never be forgotten.

Carolyn Jones
Neice

October 9, 2006

It will soon be 16 years since your tour of duty ended. You have not been forgotten nor will that ever happen. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your family and those still out on patrol watching the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 26, 2006

To Constable Edward Flora, his family and friends, and his fellow officers:

On this the fifteenth anniversary of your brutal murder, please know that your valor and bravery are remembered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service to your community and the citizens of Kentucky, and the supreme sacrifice you and your family made on October 26, 1990.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

October 26, 2005

Earl Flora was a great, well-known man, Constable, Sheriff, Husband, Father, and Grandfather....He is truly missed each and everyday but he is never forgotten....Rest in Peace....

J.W.

Anonymous

My first born son was born in 1990....and my birth date is October 26th. I am speechless from my heart and mind,...but truly thankful from my spirit for the sacrifices law enforcement takes upon themselves each day.Your family and friends are in my daily Rosary always.Thank you..

May the lord be with you great one

Explorer Pete Bignotti
PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE (FL)

May you rest in peace.

Explorer Justin Betts
Alameda County Sheriff's Office, CA

God Bless You Flora.

John 3:16

Anonymous

Thank you, Constable Flora, for all you did.

C.D.

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