Two More Officers Gone

Tales Of Nightingale LynnWithin the last two weeks, two more officers have been brutally shot while sitting or near their patrol cars, most likely having no idea that the morning they dressed for their daily shift, that they would not ever see their loved ones again.

officer-down-badge-policeAlthough according to Holy Scripture, Matthew 24:36;

“But of that Day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”

So many times I dressed in uniform, always wondering if this is how I would go. So I did what the majority of officers do. You watch your back as those around you, pay attention to detail while on calls, respond accordingly, and the list goes, on, then a coffee break, stretch break, or just pull to side somewhere, and try to catch up on paper work, all awhile, keeping an eye out for out of the ordinary.

cwqtxseuiaaobiI am sure that young officer Justin Martin and Sgt. Anthony “Tony” Beminio of the Iowa Suburban Police Department thought of all these things. Now they are gone, simply because an ex-con with a rap sheet longer than his body decided to take out these two officers on a whim. Family and friends are mourning today and every day, remembering, but the suspect? Well he is back in prison on the taxpayers monies. We will take care of him until he meets his fate, or just lives out his sentence.

In the 20 years I worked on the streets, handled the dead bodies, working homicides, rapes, crimes against children, domestic violence, drug overdoses, high-speed chases and the fatality traffic accidents, missing kids, gang details, prostitutes, and the list goes on and on… I never thought I would do anything different because when the uniform is put on, it’s to protect and to serve. You just want to make life better for every one else.

May those who lost their lives since the beginning of the year, who put on that uniform everyday, and their families know that you will always be remembered.

God Bless…..

We do not know the hour or the day…


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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