Even though I was born in Nebraska, I have spent most of my 37 years on this Earth in North Dakota. I am a North Dakota girl; always have been and always will be. My heart has and always will be full of the pride and love that the prairie and its people hold. It is a place where strangers often become friends and where violence is often overshadowed by love for one another.
Yet two weeks ago, the community of Fargo ND was hit with a devastating tragedy. Officer Jason Moszer was on duty when a domestic violence call came in. Jason, being the cop that he was, immediately responded to the call. At the scene, Jason was shot..it was a senseless act of violence that no one can understand. Jason died the next day.
Putting on a uniform especially a law enforcement uniform is never easy. Family members often wonder if tonight their loved one may not return home. I think immediately of my friend CT and her two girls as CT’s husband is a highway patrolman…what if one night my friend’s husband and their girl’s dad doesn’t return home. That is exactly what happened for Jason’s wife Rachel and Jason’s two stepchildren Dillan and Jolee . It is a feeling many of us cannot comprehend. Yet today, we stand together with Jason’s family and honor this hero who gave his life to protect ours.
Today, Jason’s family and friends as well as his brothers and sisters in blue and many others gathered to lay Jason to rest. There were also many law enforcement officials who came from all over the United States. I found myself glued to my computer screen as I watched his funeral. Rev. Kevin Kloster (former Fargo Police chaplain) shared how we are all hurting; how our community is hurting even though we maybe don’t even know Jason. Yet we are angered by a life taken too soon. We are angered by this senseless act of violence. Rev. Kloster shared “The only thing that comes easy today is the tears. Let our tears form a collective pool at our feet that becomes a monument that honors Jason’s life.”
It may seem strange that a community is grieving someone they didn’t know. But that is the thing, my friends, this is just what us North Dakotans do. North Dakota people are one tribe. They respect and honor those who give their lives for our safety. They share in each other’s joys, but most especially, in each other’s sorrows. They wipe each other’s tears and grab the hands of those nearest and dearest to them. It is the heart of the North Dakota people! And this is a heart that especially today crosses from one end of the state to the other. It is a heart that is taking the time to honor and salute this hero and simply saying “Thank You!”
Together, people of all ages stand along the 21 mile procession as they salute and also say “Thank You.” A big hole is in our hearts that we are not sure how to fill. Yet together, North Dakota strong, we will always honor and remember this hero who gave his life for us. And to be honest, “Thank You” doesn’t seem quite enough. But it is what we have to offer so that is what we give.
THANK YOU OFFICER JASON MOSZER! #ripmoszer
I am linking up with Holly and Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the RaRa linkup, Jennifer and Tell His Story and Holley and Coffee for your Heart.