|A transforming tragedy|
I wanted to write after reading Craig Floyd’s article highlighting some of the officers who were killed in the line of duty in 1999. I was the dispatcher the night that Jeremiah Engleton, armed with an assault weapon, brutally killed two deputies from the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and a Texas State Trooper who arrived on the scene shortly afterwards.
I don't talk to many people about that night. I can't even begin to tell you how painful it is to me. As the 911 dispatcher on duty, I had to send those officers out there. I had known Mark Stephenson for eight years, Tom Monse all my life and Terry Miller for the past two years. They were all like brothers to me. We all worked dog watch and sometimes those 12 hour shifts seemed awful long but we all had a lot of laughs together and a lot of tears, anger and lots of moments when were totally disgusted with the human race.