While the entire community is in mourning, no one can truly understand the feeling of loss these family members are going through except others who have experienced the same pain.
In the immediate aftermath of such a tragedy, surviving family members of fallen officers said it's all a blur. But they said the love and support from the community helps, when everyone else gets back to their normal routine.
"He's my dad, he's my superman, so I'm not worried," said Misty Knutson. Her dad, DPS officer Doug Knutson, was hit and killed by a car on the job in 1998. She was 18 at the time and remembers the chaos that followed.
"Lots of family, friends, and everybody comes and you have tons of food and everybody wants to do something for you," Knutson said. She said this all happened right before her wedding. Her dad's lieutenant walked her down the aisle.
"I was still in shock," she said. "I don't remember much from my wedding, which is pretty sad."
"We had just celebrated our third wedding anniversary," said Jan Blaser-Upchurch. Her husband, DPS officer John Blaser, was hit and killed by a drunk driver in 1990. She said anytime an officer gets hurt on the job, the painful memories come flooding back.
"It's been 24 years, and as you still come back to that moment and you don't ever forget it," Blaser-Upchurch said.
"It was so great to get the cards and to know that people care," said Lisa Wargo. Her husband, MCSO deputy David Wargo, was dragged by a car and sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2003. Wargo cared for him for 10 years until he passed away nearly two years ago. She said while privacy is essential in the days following the events, the community's support helped her heal.
"People just saying thank you for your husband's service, it meant so much," she said.
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