It’s never easy to lose heroes

Such a tragic story from Arlington today:

A highly decorated seven-year veteran of the Arlington Police Department died early Wednesday in a fiery wreck involving his patrol motorcycle and a school bus.

Emergency personnel comfort one another Wednesday morning at the scene of a wreck that took the life of an Arlington motorcycle officer.

Officer Craig Gordon Story, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. It was reported shortly after 7 a.m. near the intersection of South Cooper Street and West Inwood Drive, police officials said. The wreck was still under investigation Wednesday afternoon, and police had no specifics on how it happened. 

Arlington schools, however, said that neither the bus driver nor his nine passengers, ages 6-13, were hurt.

Story was married with a 2-year-old son, Chief Theron Bowman said during a news conference at police headquarters, as the U.S. flag flew at half staff. The fallen officer was a native of Wichita Falls.

“It’s very painful to lose one of our own,” Bowman said. “This is a very difficult time for our department and most police departments in the state and in the country.”

The chief said Story “absolutely adored his wife, Danielle, and he was crazy about his 2-year-old son, John.”

“He referred to his son as one of the most handsome boys born on earth,” Bowman said.

Story graduated in 2001 from Midwestern State University at Wichita Falls with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, according to the Arlington Police Department.

Prayers are with his family. It’s always so difficult and never makes sense when a good guy goes down.

Arlington officer killed in wreck was decorated police veteran (Star Telegram)

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