I wish to devote this space, this week to expressing my personal sympathies, the official sympathies of my office and the sympathies of Atascosa County to the family of San Antonio P.D.s Detective Benjamin Marconi. There are no words to express adequate sympathies to his tragic loss to his family, his friends, and his fellow law enforcement co workers.
I had lunch a couple of days after his death, with the County Judge of Wilson County (Judge Jackson) and the Wilson County Sheriff (Joe Tackitt) and learned he was from Wilson County and still lived there with his family. It is shocking how close to home and significant to our county and our friends in Wilson County this tragedy is. On November 20th Bexar County, Wilson County and all of the Law Enforcement Community lost a truly fine officer, man and human being.
None of it makes any sense and trying to make sense of any death, and especially an un-called for attack like this will not take us anywhere except to hand it off to God and hope that one day we will be there and understand. I pray that God will hold Detective Marconis family in His Hand and they will see the meaning of Bens life, and the good he stood for. This, the life of Benjamin Marconi, is a life well lived. A public servant who cared every day about his fellow human beings. An officer who, every day of his career, put his life on the line for the public good.
We offer our condolences to his family and his friends. We offer our condolences to the Law Enforcement Officials in Wilson County who also worked with him. And, no less important, we offer our condolences to all of our peace officers in Atascosa County who put their lives on the line every day, and who feel this tragedy very personally. It is my prayer that God will give His Peace, and His Comfort to the Law Enforcement Community everywhere.
Many of us did not know you Detective Marconi. But we feel your loss. May you never be forgotten.
Thanks for listening. We want you to be proud of your county government.