I met Dave close to 10 years ago when he first came to Maryvale H.S. as our SRO. We hit it off the first time he accidentally sprayed his pepper spray in my office, snickered and then calmly walked out. He did this several more times, not sure if they were all an accident. We would talk each day about our family, sports, the people and kids we worked with even how we thought we would die. Our personal conversations will always be with me.
He wasn’t the normal Police Officer. Not sure how to explain it he was just different. He always made me feel as an equal; he was a good friend to talk to.
I think working at a school was new for him and it took awhile for him to get used some of the kids and staff there. He became part of the team early on having fun and making us laugh. It took years for him to learn that sometimes he should be politically correct he didn’t like it though. I thought it was great to have him around because he could and would say what I was thinking, it was easy for him he didn’t work for the school. It was our joke...
I miss Dave and often think of our team effort at school, our conversations, pranks, and even a few social events where Dave could be Dave.
I hope these few word spark a memory of Dave with those that read them.
I truly believe we lost one of the good guys.