Last night a young officer lost his life in my town. Shortly after 10 pm last night, a vehicle hit Officer Bryan J. Durman, age 27. The vehicle left the scene. Officer Durman was taken to the University of Kentucky hospital, where he died at 10:45pm.
Officers blocked the streets and stood in silence at approximately 1:45 am to honor their fellow officer as the corner and other emergency and officer vehicles transported his body from the hospital to the corner's office.
The suspect was apprehended later that evening and is in custody.
Officer Durman has served our community since December 2007.
I cannot tell you how sad this makes me, for our town, and for the family he leaves behind.
The father of my children is a police officer, so this hits home more for me than it may for others. When the information was given last night on the news that an officer had been hit, I wondered if it were my ex how long it would take before I were notified. I wondered how badly the fallen officer was hurt, and I said a little prayer, as I have since I entered into a life combined with his, that it wouldn't be the father of my children, and that the officer would be ok.
This morning when I learned of his death I cried, and I am still near tears here at work as I write this. For me, life will go on pretty much as normal, for this officer's family, it will never be the same again.
My heart and prayers go out to them, and to our community, who has lost more than we will ever realize.
(Photo from Kentucky.com, courtesy of the Lexington Police Department)