Arlington Officer Killed in Crash Loved Motorcycle Duty
The Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix
January 14, 2010
Three months ago, Craig Story achieved his longtime dream of becoming a motorcycle officer. That dream ended Wednesday morning when the 34-year-old Arlington police officer died in a fiery collision with a school bus on one of the city’s busiest roadways.
Story, a seven-year veteran of the force and proud father of a 2-year-old son, died at the scene.
“This is a very difficult time for me personally and for this police department,” said Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman during a media briefing outside police headquarters. “It is very painful to have to announce that early today we lost one of our own.”
The school bus driver and the nine students aboard escaped injury. The students, ages 6 to 13, were immediately taken to nearby Arlington High School to meet with grief counselors, officials said.
Story was described as a devoted father and husband, and a fitness buff. He had a black belt in jujitsu and was an amateur wrestler and weightlifter. He also spoke Spanish and was working with another officer to learn Vietnamese.
He and his wife, Danielle, grew up down the street from each other in Wichita Falls and were married almost 10 years ago.
Fellow officers said he liked to refer to his son, John, as the “most handsome young man ever born.”
Danny Story, his father, said his son was a man of few words who “always shot straight with everybody.” He said his son long wanted to be a motorcycle officer. He fulfilled that dream when he joined the 17-member motorcycle squad in October.
“He liked the adventure, the thrill of it,” said Story, who lives in Oklahoma.