The New Jersey State Trooper Family, as well as, the entire law enforcement community said goodbye to one of their own today. I read several of the articles referencing Trooper Anthony Raspa's character and dedication, as well as, the sadness of so many that knew him. One article in particular stood out, in which someone who knew him well commented on the tragic loss, but he said that they would celebrate his life.
For me, I think it's always difficult to grasp the idea of a life just cut short because that's what it feels like. It's like someone pressed the "Game Over" button and a life is just gone. It's easy to get lost in the why's of it all. It's frustrating, maddening, and enough to make you question many things, but as I have said of many of our Fallen, regardless of what uniform they wear.....I don't believe they would ever want for any of those left behind to suffer over their loss.
A community must grieve because that is part of the human experience. This a closely held time of processing, feeling, reminding, taking stock, experiencing, coming together, taking time out, and revisiting what makes all of us human. We all have that something inside of us that makes our heart beat; What makes my heart beat is not different than what makes your heart beat and what makes the heart of a soldier beat is the same thing that makes the heart of an officer beat. We can't forget that. This Trooper has reminded us all of our human-ness and that there is much to take stock of. He was young with an entire career ahead of him.....a very good one it seems from the commentary of his brethren. I offer my condolences to his heartbroken family, friends, and to the law enforcement community.