Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A SurpriseTribute

Recently we spent several days in Las Vegas at the PSWA conference. I've been the program chair for the conference for about five years now, but a member of PSWA much longer. The majority of the members are involved with or have been with law enforcement of some kind though membership is open to other branches of public safety (we have one fireman as a member) as well as anyone who writes non-fiction for fiction about the public safety fields. This of course, includes mystery.

After one of the lunches, my husband and I were called up to accept a plaque. This plaque was in honor of our son-in-law who had been killed in the line of duty. It was beautiful and included a rubbing of his name from the Police Memorial Wall in Las Vegas.

It's been about twenty years since Mike died. He inspired many of my Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries. He loved to visit me and tell me about his adventures as a policeman. He was in the local P.D. for fifteen years, before he transferred to the Sheriff's Office in another county, becoming a deputy.

Needless to say, when hubby and I were presented with this plaque we both became teary-eyed. What a wonderful gesture for this group to do for us.



Helen Ginger said...

Marilyn, that was a wonderful thing they did. It choked me up just to read about it, so I know you were very moved!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Yes, I was. They gave us a plaque for my daughter too, and we took it to her this weekend--despite the fact that she lost her first husband nearly 20 years ago and she's been married to her new husband long enough to have a 17 year old daughter--she was moved also. She has a place on her landing with objects about Mike (after all, they had three sons together) and she added the plaque.


Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks for sharing something that meant so much to you, Marilyn.

Morgan Mandel