Still in our hearts and on our minds

With each report I hear on officers being shot – another one lost his life Monday night on the campus at Texas Tech University – it always brings to my mind the officers who were killed during an ambush on Corgey Road 18 years ago.

Atascosa County Sheriff’s Deputies Thomas Monse, Mark Stephenson and DPS Trooper Terry Miller lost their lives that October 12, 1999 night. Two more were injured – a retired Border Patrol agent, Carl Fisher and then Pleasanton Policeman Louis Tudyk.

We will never forget that night here at our office. It was a Tuesday and we were finishing up that week’s issue.

Soon, law enforcement vehicles from all agencies screamed by heading towards IH37.

We had hardly any information on what had happened.

Later, we saw ambulances head out and then back into town, turning on Goodwin Street and then to Hurley Funeral Home.

It was all of our’s worst nightmare.

Families lost loved ones.

We lost men who sacrificed to keep us safe.

Area officers lost three of their own.

And, even sadder, friends were lost as well.

In our community, we usually know our law enforcement officers. We see them at events, at the store, in restaurants and at church.

It hurts a little harder when you have a personal relationship with these fine people.

The way I see it, as we remember these men and others who have lost their lives and as we still try to make sense of what has happened – please say a prayer for the family and friends who miss them each and every day.

They are forever in our hearts and minds.

SUE BROWN  is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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