Sheriff's column: Remembering a fallen deputy

Eric Watson

Posted 6/12/18

One of the most beloved songs in Gospel music is “Give Me the Roses While I Live.”

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Sheriff's column: Remembering a fallen deputy

Eric Watson

SOME OF Bradley County’s deputies attended the funeral this week of Dickson County Deputy Daniel Baker. Among those attending, in no particular order, were Sheriff Eric Watson, Corey Loftis, Jared Burnette, Heath Arthur, Marcus Cochran, Dale Liner and Doug Boucher.
SOME OF Bradley County’s deputies attended the funeral this week of Dickson County Deputy Daniel Baker. Among those attending, in no particular order, were Sheriff Eric Watson, Corey Loftis, Jared Burnette, Heath Arthur, Marcus Cochran, Dale Liner and Doug Boucher.
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One of the most beloved songs in Gospel music is “Give Me the Roses While I Live.”

Those lyrics bring to light just how fleeting time is, and how important it is to make sure those we love and appreciate have a personal knowledge of those emotions from their families and friends.

It is an expression that is particularly applicable to those who serve in law enforcement.

All you have to do is speak to the family and colleagues of Daniel Baker.

At the beginning of this past week his was a name most of us – if not none of us – knew in Bradley County, but by the end of that week it had appeared in every major and small media outlet in the country.

Even the president of the United States knew the name.

President Trump knew the name because he felt compelled to call Baker’s widow just prior to the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant’s funeral.

Sgt. Baker was only 32 years old and probably expected to live many more years.

But, Baker chose the noble profession of law enforcement.

It is a profession with no guarantees of another sunrise, another hug, or another smile.

Its only guarantee is the personal privilege and satisfaction of serving your fellow man by helping to protect them from and assisting them through the trials and tribulations which come to all of us at one time or another.

In cases such as Sgt. Baker’s, the price paid was the ultimate, and is paid far too often.

There have been 42 officers killed in the United States this year alone while on duty.

Baker was number 42, but he was not just a number.

He was a son, a husband, a father, a friend, a Marine and a colleague.

That is why it was my high honor – along with Corey Loftis, Jared Burnette, Heath Arthur, Marcus Cochran, Dale Liner and Doug Boucher – to join with hundreds of other law enforcement officers to pay tribute to one of our own as has he was taken to his final rest.

This department has been blessed being spared such grief for many years, but there are no guarantees.

That next name could come from our rolls, or from your family.

While there are many days and weeks of special recognition designated for the jobs law enforcement does, that appreciation should be a daily event.

Make sure the next time you see an officer from any of the agencies which serve our community to take a moment and, just as the song says, give them the roses of appreciation while you are given the opportunity.

In law enforcement, just as in life, there no guarantees.

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