When he told me this story I have to admit it brought me to tears. So I am warning you before you read that this is one of Trooper Bob’s serious stories.
It was one of those nights that everything happened at once. Trooper Bob and Trooper Ray had a very busy night. They had served several warrants and made numerous trips to the jail to deliver their booty. They had just stopped for a cup of coffee and a donut when the call came that there had been an accident out on Highway 181. They got their coffee to go and grabbed a donut for the road and headed toward the location of the collision.
The troopers arrived on the scene shortly after the two vehicles had met on the dark road in the early hours of the morning. There was a family sedan and a truck both in pieces. Trooper Bob set up the flares while Trooper Ray went to inspect the scene. He was standing at the driver window of the sedan looking over the carnage. Trooper Bob wandered up to the passenger side of the car checking for injured or trapped victims. What he saw took his breath away. It was a whole family. A mother, father, and three children were all in the vehicle.
He sucked in air and wandered away from the vehicle to the bridge abutment. He sat down on the guardrail and began to weep. He couldn’t help himself. There was nothing he could do for this family they had all been killed upon impact. The truck driver had also been killed. Trooper Bob sat with his hands over his face until he heard footprints. He looked up to see Trooper Ray standing in front of him. “Bob” Trooper Ray started “did you see that little girl?” Trooper Bob looked up at Trooper Ray and saw the tears streaming down his face. “Yeah” Bob answered “she looks just like Matilda.” That was too much for Trooper Ray and he sat down on the guardrail next to Trooper Bob. “That could have been my family” Trooper Bob sniffled. “That IS somebody’s family” Ray responded. The ambulance and tow trucks arrived to find two big brave troopers brought to tears by a totally useless act of fate.