My father was LAPD, Class of '49 Charles B. Cutts
I was raised with respect. I was raised to know, these men and women were there to help & defend and at any time I could trust them to help me.
Now, I want to help them. I wasn't however, raised to have my heart broken
when they pass away. Seeing this child, tracing her father's name makes me cry. I hope in some way, this will help her, but... how can it when her life is forever altered and her father is suddenly taken away?
I love the Police, Sheriff's, Firefighters, First Responders and the Military. What makes a person want to go and protect others leaving the people they love?
Norco, California, I was asked to engrave in granite James Evans. He was shot and killed while the worst Bank Robbery was being committed in Norco.
I have an audio of this bank robbery I hope you can listen to. That morning Jim was killed, he was bouncing his 7 month old son on his knee and said,...
"Some men never get to see their SON grow up.
He was killed that day.
Jim Cunningham of RSA, called me and wanted to do a monument for Riverside Sheriff's Association, to remember all the sheriff's who died during their service. As we sat and talked over the details, I remember him asking me, "How do we show who died while on duty? I said, "Let's Pray."
At the time every sheriff had their badge engraved next to their name. The RSA monument is full of "Badge History." Within seconds Jim Cunningham says, "I've got it! We will put a black band over their badge, showing 'End of Watch.' "
Each meeting was like this. Our brains and the desire to DO THE BEST, were in tune. The RSA development was miraculous from start to finish. There couldn't have been a better man for the job than, Jim Cunningham. Every detail was perfected, even the delivery. The RSA monument had to be EXACTLY centered on the concrete platform.
My Job was to make it all happen. The granite is 5 sides with a sloping top, lower in the front, taller in the back. Each badge, each name, each salute, each dove, each detail exact. The RSA monument weighs 3000 pounds in solid black granite and came from thousands of miles away by ship, beating a killer tsunami.
There was no room for error, no second chances, no erasers, "Just Diligence!"
MY heart, like Jim's was in every name, every man, every "sheriff soldier!" And, I must add, every tear, every touch, every tracing on the "unveiling day."
Lord, I am hoping you see my heart, because it is IN THIS WORK YOU HAVE GIVEN TO ME TO DO.
Katie "Heart" West