Troopers go above, beyond call of duty

Posted: Monday, August 08, 2005

After reading the article, "Troopers break into fiery cabin," on July 29 and (the Aug. 2) follow-up article, I feel compelled to write. Shame on Col. Julia Grimes for her comment downplaying what Troopers Erickson and Henry did. It is what they are trained to do!

I think what those men did could absolutely be considered above and beyond any call of duty. What Trooper Larry Erickson and Trooper Michael Henry did is nothing short of heroism and should be regarded as such.

I realize troopers are trained to save lives, despite the great risk to their own and many face dangers every day in the course of doing the job they are trained to do. But to this extent?

I, for one, am glad that there are men and women in law enforcement with this kind of incredible courage, integrity and dedication to the job. While firefighters come equipped with proper gear to run into burning buildings, these men had nothing of the kind, and yet they still pushed on with the hope of saving someone else's life.

Thank you Troopers Erickson and Henry for risking your lives. Your actions were nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Sandra Hall, Corpus Christi, Texas

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