The Way I See It

Officers’ Ambush - 15 years



A somber ceremony was held on the grounds of the Atascosa County Sheriff’s office on Monday evening.

Honored were the three law enforcement officers – brothers in arms so to speak – who lost their lives on October 12, 1999 in a senseless ambush.

Taken away from us all were Sheriff’s Deputies Mark Louis Stephenson and Thomas Orville Monse, Jr. and DPS Trooper Terry Wayne Miller. Injured were Louis Tudyk and Carl Fisher.

I’ll not mention the names of those who were responsible. I don’t care to keep their memory alive at all.

They took away three men who gave their all for our community, day in and day out – just like every law enforcement officer, fireman and EMT does 24/7.

From the presentation of the flags and the comments from Sheriff Soward and Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez to the eerie sound from the bugle playing taps, the event climaxed at the bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace”.

In the crowd were their widows and family members. There were past troopers and police chiefs, too.

They all came to pay their respects … to remember.

You may have seen the full page memorial we ran last week. In the ad we said they are still our heroes.

The way I see it, they will remain our heroes. Their memory will be kept alive by all of us who still have vivid images of that fateful night.

You are not forgotten.

“In our hearts, in our minds and in our prayers.”

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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