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Arlington Police Officer Remembered for Ways He Helped Others

Arlington Police Officer Remembered for Ways He Helped Others

Craig Story, Arlington Police Department

The Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

January 20, 2010

GRAND PRAIRIE – When the wife of Arlington police Officer Craig Story wanted to continue her education, Story resigned his beloved tactical unit post to help out more at home.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers – many with their wives and some holding hands – joined Arlington police Officer Craig Story’s pregnant wife, Danielle, other relatives and well-wishers for his funeral Tuesday. The father of a 2-year-old died last Wednesday in a collision on his police motorcycle.

And when Danielle Story needed a nice car to drive, her husband sacrificed again, this time giving up his much-adored shiny Toyota pickup.

That’s how Craig Story was eulogized Tuesday: as a man who would do anything for those he loved, including the Arlington residents he swore to protect and serve.

Boots, a helmet and a large picture of Arlington police Officer Craig Story were displayed near his flag-draped coffin Tuesday at Crossroads Christian Church on State Highway 360.

“Love is sacrifice and sacrifice is love,” said Arlington Police Chaplain Harold Elliott. “He held the course and kept the line that God had for him. And then he made the ultimate sacrifice, and it was a sacrifice of love.”

Story, the father of a 2-year-old, died last Wednesday morning when his police motorcycle collided with an Arlington school bus as he was chasing a speeding motorist. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has said that Story, 34, died on impact. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

On Tuesday, hundreds of law enforcement officers from across Texas and other states joined Story’s pregnant wife along with other relatives and well-wishers for his funeral at Crossroads Christian Church on State Highway 360. Several North Texas dignitaries were among the mourners, including Mayors Robert Cluck of Arlington, Tom Leppert of Dallas and Mike Moncrief of Fort Worth.

With a large picture of a uniformed Story seemingly casting a watchful eye over his own flag-draped coffin, Volunteer Chaplain Rick Burgin opened the service with words of encouragement in the midst of sadness.

“We grieve with hope because we believe that by God’s grace, we will see Craig again,” the chaplain said. “We believe that everything God promised to us will come to pass.”

Elliott told the audience that the good works and life of Story would never be forgotten and that his name would soon be inscribed at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Florida along with those of Arlington’s six other officers who have died in the line of duty.

There, he said, the inscription over the names of fallen officers reads, “Good Men And Women Must Die, But Death Cannot Kill Their Names.”

After the 30-minute service, Cluck said that he had met Story and he had come away from his conversations with the officer greatly impressed by his commitment.

“He was a great person and a great police officer,” the mayor said. “It’s very sad. He was always enthusiastic about his job. He would tell me how he couldn’t wait to come to work every day.”

A few yards away, a saddened Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman solemnly shook hands and shared hugs with a few of his officers. He described the death of Story as “a very difficult loss” for his department.

“He’s a great man, a great father, a great husband and a great friend,” Bowman said. “We are in deficit for his loss, but the memory of him . . . is a legacy that men and women of this department will be able to follow in the next generation.”

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