'We lost a brother. We're hurting'

'We lost a brother. We're hurting'

There are 20 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jul 17, 2008, titled 'We lost a brother. We're hurting'. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

TALLMADGE: A half-hour before calling hours were to begin this afternoon for fallen Twinsburg police Officer Joshua Miktarian, a cloudburst pounded this town where he grew up.

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Robert

West Farmington, OH

#1 Jul 17, 2008
I hope it helps to know that people all over the state are praying for your family at this horrible time.

Also - please spread the word that Akron Police Department will be holding a rally to support the men and women that selfishlessly put their live on the line to make our communities a safer place. Hope some from even Twinsburg can join us in this demonstration of thanks.
PeaceBeWithYouAL L

Akron, OH

#2 Jul 17, 2008
These events serve to remind us that it is the men in blue that stand between a free society and one ruled by violence and intimidation. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the fallen officer.

A sincere thank you goes out to all law enforcement officers and their families for being willing to put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe and free.
consider this

Wadsworth, OH

#3 Jul 17, 2008
RIP my brother. The turnout was amazing, as it always in in an event like this. Let us pray that there will not be another one of these. I was there, as were many, many other police officers from all over the state. And tomorrow will be even more grand and somber. To look at Officer Kitkarian's wife, family and friends in mourning was heart wrenching. Having experienced police officers be murdered or seriously injured before, I implore all of you that are there now for the family to continue to be there for the family and friends, as I'm sure you will. It is in the coming weeks and years that this will get even more difficult, financially and emotionally. I'm sure all of Josh's friends will always be there to tell that beautiful little girl, who will never know her father, what a hero her Daddy was. His wife will need you all for a long time to come. Whether it's helping out around the house, babysitting or simply calling on her to see if she needs anything. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9. RIP
Fairlawn Resident

Strongsville, OH

#4 Jul 17, 2008
I never felt as sad for someone I never met or knew.
Kato

Avon Lake, OH

#5 Jul 17, 2008
Consider this, you are so correct. Holly Miktarian's life will never be the same again.
She will have to support her daughter, make all the decisions, take care of everything.
Right now she is still in shock and being kept so busy with people around, next week all that will be gone. I pray the Twinsburg police all come together to help Holly through this difficult time.
They may be able to help each other as each one of them will never be the same.
There is a little girl that will never have a dad to see her speak her first word, take her first step, see her first day at school, and her graduation from college. It may take an entire police department to help this baby girl.

“Do what makes you happy”

Since: Jul 08

Akron, Ohio

#9 Jul 17, 2008
My son and I will be on the Circle in the morning for the Procession.
Public Request

Strongsville, OH

#13 Jul 18, 2008
I propose that Governor Strickland

designate July, Ohio Peace Officer

Month and that the second Sunday of

each successive July be known as

Miktarian Day in honour of all fallen

Officers.

I publically include my email address
to formalize my request and welcome
all responses.

Thank you.

[email protected]
Lamberts-58

Cleveland, OH

#14 Jul 18, 2008
There is a National Police Officers Memorial Week thatusually takes place in 2 nd full week in May, All Police departments nationwaide take part in this. I don't know if the State will institute an seperate month as well as recognize this also with the National event, but it is a great idea. I have taken part for the last 5 years since I got out of the Academy and have been employeed by a Police Department, Even though I gave up my officer status due to injury and health, I still remain on the force as a dispatcher. If you ever have a chance to go to one of the parades or the memorial services it is something that you will never forget. The 2009 events will be May 10th - May 16.
Open your eyes people

Dayton, OH

#15 Jul 18, 2008
Lamberts-58 wrote:
There is a National Police Officers Memorial Week thatusually takes place in 2 nd full week in May, All Police departments nationwaide take part in this. I don't know if the State will institute an seperate month as well as recognize this also with the National event, but it is a great idea. I have taken part for the last 5 years since I got out of the Academy and have been employeed by a Police Department, Even though I gave up my officer status due to injury and health, I still remain on the force as a dispatcher. If you ever have a chance to go to one of the parades or the memorial services it is something that you will never forget. The 2009 events will be May 10th - May 16.
I have gone to the Police memorial and it is very heartwrenching. You cannot imagine the amount of officers that have died for us. Their kids are their, they are copying their names (of the deceased) off of the walls and I feel absolutly horrible thinking somebody took their loved one away. People look down on police quite often thinking they are doing this or doing that, harrasing or stereotyping....but just ask yourself this question to those people who think like this.

If it was 3:00 in the morning and you have a situation of gun shots, how many of you would run back into your house or would you put yourself in harms way to control the situation? I can cowardly admit...I'd run back or stay in my home under the covers and call for the heros to protect me day and night.

'The brave are as bold as a Lion'
Police Supporter

Vienna, OH

#16 Jul 18, 2008
Everyone who is in support for the police officers! Thank you for speaking out. My brother in law is a police officer in a high crime town out west and works the 11pm-7am shift. I can only imagine what goes through my sister's mind while he is at work each day. Many people whine and complain after they have been pulled over and given a ticket, I am one of those. But at the end of the day I know that each day thousands of men and women put on a uniform not knowing if it will be that last time they did that. Could you do a job like this? The police departments, and officers around the world have my thanks and appreciation!!

Someone wrote that there will be a rally FOR the police officers. Does anyone have any specifics about this?
Educated Black Man

Cleveland, OH

#17 Jul 18, 2008
RIP Officer Miktarian. Pray for his family.
RIP Darvon Wallace. Pray for his family also
Fly on a wall

Akron, OH

#18 Jul 18, 2008
Police Supporter wrote:
Everyone who is in support for the police officers! Thank you for speaking out. My brother in law is a police officer in a high crime town out west and works the 11pm-7am shift. I can only imagine what goes through my sister's mind while he is at work each day. Many people whine and complain after they have been pulled over and given a ticket, I am one of those. But at the end of the day I know that each day thousands of men and women put on a uniform not knowing if it will be that last time they did that. Could you do a job like this? The police departments, and officers around the world have my thanks and appreciation!!
Someone wrote that there will be a rally FOR the police officers. Does anyone have any specifics about this?
It is monday at 6pm in front of the Harold Stubbs Justice Center. 217 South High Street Akron 44308.
Police Supporter

Vienna, OH

#19 Jul 18, 2008
Fly on a wall wrote:
<quoted text>
It is monday at 6pm in front of the Harold Stubbs Justice Center. 217 South High Street Akron 44308.
Thank you very much for that information, I am going to pass that along.
Big D

Ravenna, OH

#20 Jul 18, 2008
To all our boys in blue:

You are our soldiers of the streets and special agents of God. There are no words to describe when one makes the ultimate sacrifice for his or her brothers and sisters. A true hero does not walk the red carpet nor does he stand up and speak out hidden behind a protective shell. A hero is selfless- he willingly stands for what is right out in the open for all to see, knowing the possibility of dislike, hatred or death. Not one single man or woman prepared to do such duties can be replaced. Not one. But many more will step forward because they knew someone was brave enough to do it before -Someone like Officer Miktarian. Because of street soldiers like him (and his wife), I cannot wait to put a badge on one day myself.

God Bless you all, Thank you with all my heart
WOW

Canton, OH

#21 Jul 18, 2008
Big D wrote:
To all our boys in blue:
You are our soldiers of the streets and special agents of God. There are no words to describe when one makes the ultimate sacrifice for his or her brothers and sisters. A true hero does not walk the red carpet nor does he stand up and speak out hidden behind a protective shell. A hero is selfless- he willingly stands for what is right out in the open for all to see, knowing the possibility of dislike, hatred or death. Not one single man or woman prepared to do such duties can be replaced. Not one. But many more will step forward because they knew someone was brave enough to do it before -Someone like Officer Miktarian. Because of street soldiers like him (and his wife), I cannot wait to put a badge on one day myself.
God Bless you all, Thank you with all my heart
That was well said. God bless you! If and when you put a badge on, wear it with pride and remember Josh!!
He was one of the best!#45
PO Fighting the fight

Canton, OH

#22 Jul 18, 2008
Fly on a wall wrote:
<quoted text>
It is monday at 6pm in front of the Harold Stubbs Justice Center. 217 South High Street Akron 44308.
Thank you.

I hope Police Officers, and their families from all over attend! Itís time we the people make a stand and let it be known we support our Officers!!
Possibly see some positive changes come out of this.

Not only will we be showing support, We'll be honoring those fallen officers like Josh Miktarian
We'll be showing our support for the two Officers who shot and killed a man defending themselves.

Please people lets make this march one that will never be forgotten!

Rip Josh ~See you on the other side.
Wrong

United States

#23 Jul 18, 2008
consider this wrote:
RIP my brother. The turnout was amazing, as it always in in an event like this. Let us pray that there will not be another one of these. I was there, as were many, many other police officers from all over the state. And tomorrow will be even more grand and somber. To look at Officer Kitkarian's wife, family and friends in mourning was heart wrenching. Having experienced police officers be murdered or seriously injured before, I implore all of you that are there now for the family to continue to be there for the family and friends, as I'm sure you will. It is in the coming weeks and years that this will get even more difficult, financially and emotionally. I'm sure all of Josh's friends will always be there to tell that beautiful little girl, who will never know her father, what a hero her Daddy was. His wife will need you all for a long time to come. Whether it's helping out around the house, babysitting or simply calling on her to see if she needs anything. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9. RIP
Thank you for a great verse. It it the first thing that has gave me some comfort. I am praying for everyone hurting from this tragic loss.
Big D

Ravenna, OH

#24 Jul 18, 2008
WOW wrote:
<quoted text>
That was well said. God bless you! If and when you put a badge on, wear it with pride and remember Josh!!
He was one of the best!#45
Thank you very much- see? Not everyone gets mean on these things!

“Do what makes you happy”

Since: Jul 08

Akron, Ohio

#25 Jul 20, 2008
Someone killed a policeman today and
A part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend many long lonely nights,
The beat that he walked was a battlefield too,
Just as if he had gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yep, somebody killed a policeman today
In your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now his ghost walks a beat on the dark city street
And he stands at each rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all
And a part of America died.
-Unknown
Whatever

Stow, OH

#26 Jul 21, 2008
I have a good idea why don`t we leave the slimebag alone in a room with the dog. He was the only one to see what happened.

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