In New Orleans, the widow of a New Orleans Police Officer, fallen in the line of duty, packs her bags for an early morning flight to the Nation’s Capital to attend a series of memorial services and workshops. Each is carefully designed to not only memorialize her loved one, but also help her cope with her loss and hopefully find closure in a seemingly endless nightmare that replays in her mind each and every time she closes her eyes at night.
She is not alone—the wives and husbands, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and partners of fallen police officers during 2016 prepare for this same journey.
Whenever we hear about a police officer killed in the line of duty, there is a shudder that runs through the law abiding community. When the officer is someone you know, the impact is much more personal. Today, we learned that New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway had been shot and killed while most folks in New Orleans were still shaking the cobwebs loose after a night’s rest. Officer Holloway was a well-respected, veteran member of the New Orleans Police Department. He was also a father.