Evening News Reads: DC Honors Fallen OfficersPosted: May 17, 2012
Tonight I want to bring you this story which is very close to my heart. Last year my friend Sheriff Deputy Derrick Whittle was killed in a car accident while responding to a 911 domestic dispute call. This was a devastating loss for his family.
His daughter Leigha would sometimes write a message on Derrick’s Facebook wall, I miss you Daddy…so simple and powerful, the expression of her loss. Nick was extremely close to his father Derrick, and nothing can wipe my memory of the first football game after the funeral. Nick was so worked up and eager to get out on the field and score a touch down for his dad, and when he did make it into the endzone…he pointed and looked towards the sky…what that moment meant to the then 13-year-old boy…it makes my eyes well up with tears. Karen, a young and beautiful woman now found herself a widow with two young children. At times there was a look of restraint in her face that still could not hide her emotion of loss. She had recently lost her mother and now her husband…and then there were Derrick’s parents. Derrick was the only son of Jim and Sharon Whittle, and to see the pain in their eyes on the day we buried him…the pain was unimaginable.
It’s been a whirlwind week for two Union County siblings who lost their father in the line of duty last year.
Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Derrick Whittle died in September. He was killed in a car accident while responding to an emergency call. Family friend Pam Worden said Whittle had always dreamed of a career in law enforcement. He’d been with the department for less than a year.
On Tuesday, Whittle’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Whittle’s wife and two children, 10-year-old Leigha and 14-year-old Nick made the trip for the unveiling.
This was such an important trip to make for all the Whittle family.
“It meant a lot to me, everything that they’ve done for us, it’s a rough time so they’ve helped out a lot,” said Nick Whittle of the honors in D.C.
“I liked it,” said Leigha Whittle, “It was very nice and very sweet what they all did.”
The family got to share the same Delta flight as former President Jimmy Carter up to Washington. When they got there, they got to meet President Barack Obama and take a photo with him.
“He was very friendly, very personable, he took a lot of time with me and the kids,” said Derrick’s wife Karen. “He was very sweet, and said he was sorry for us and would be praying for our loss, it was a good memory.”
Please go to this link to watch the video of the interview.
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