To the Editor:
I just finished reading Becki Keltner's letter on her husband, Jacob Keltner, a McHenry County Sheriff's Office deputy who died in the line of duty. First, I want to say my thoughts are with her and the boys. And prayers, too, asking God to comfort them and bless them, blessing her husband, who was a hero in every sense of the word. Our police are the protectors of community, the keepers of the peace and the enforcers of the law. Like our troops, we owe our peace and freedoms to them. And this nation – this county – is forever in their debt.
I agree we need to stop hating one another, for we are meant under God to love one another, building a city of shining hope, not a darkness of hate and violence where our loved ones are taken from us. We need to be true and loyal like Jacob Keltner, to accept and thrive on our differences and lift each other up. My prayer is we learn this anew every day, for life's too short to hate, as putting it in Bobby Kennedy's words, because the work to be done is too great to let this negative spirit flourish any longer.
So it is to our police I thank you for all you do and ask God to bless you. For we all know the last full of measure of devotion you give and have given will forever echo through the mystic chords of memory, and may God bless your loved ones always.
To the spirit of Jacob Keltner. Thank you for your service. God bless America.
Bob DeLacy Jr.