On Monday afternoon, I was counting down the minutes until the start of my anticipated 2-day stay-cation. We didn't have huge plans, but were looking forward to taking the kids to Sea World and just relaxing for a couple of days.
Monday evening, Joey and I had the best time just being together, snuggling on the couch, and catching up on some DVR'd shows that were getting way too old.
The kids were even enjoying some time together, playing video games, watching movies, and being silly.
Joey and I went to bed looking forward to sleeping in and enjoying a nice day with the kids - just being together. It's rare these days, with Joey's schedule, that we get to do things like this all day, so we were excited.
All of this came to a screeching halt when Joey got up at 6am to adjust the fan and checked his phone to see that he had 15 missed calls and numerous text messages.
Early Tuesday morning, at about 3am, an SAPD officer and close co-worker of Joey's was killed when she was hit head-on by a suspected drunk driver. Witnesses (other officers who were following her to a call) said they didn't see any headlights.
Shock. Disbelief. Devastation. These words don't even begin to describe it.
She and Joey worked together regularly and frequently made calls together. He recounted numerous stories to me on Tuesday and just couldn't get her smile out of his head. She was happy. She loved her job. She loved her daughter. How is it that she won't be there on Thursday when we all meet up at Valero mid-shift?
I'm trying my best to comfort him, but honestly, I just feel helpless. I don't know what to say. There's nothing to say.
In addition to the tragic loss, I'm terrified. How will I ever be able to sleep again while Joey is working? I know that God created Joey to be a cop, and I trust God with him, but it's still so unsettling.
So in the name of trying to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to someone else, please - PLEASE! - if you drink, don't drive. It's really pretty simple. Also, if you're driving late at night, don't drive in the fast lane. Most of the time, this is the lane that wrong way drivers will be in because they think (in their drunken state) that they are actually on the correct side of the road. Unfortunately, this didn't help Stephanie. She was doing everything right.