Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sometimes the best act of kindness one person can do for another is simply to take the time to remember.
The students at Cross High School did just that last week by investing their time and creative effort to make sure others remembered as well.
The date was March 25, 2007, a date forever seared into the minds and hearts of those working for the Town of Moncks Corner and those elected to serve on its council.
“It is a dark and tragic day in our town’s history,” said Mayor Bill Peagler. “A day when we lost two of our own. Every time I speak with police officers, the last thing I say to them is to stay safe out there and come back home at the day’s end.”
This day, two of Moncks Corner’s own, officers Lonnie Wells, 40 and Marcus Stiles, 26, did not make it back home.
Wells and Stiles were gunned down in the line of duty by a man, Gary Douglas intent on a murderous rampage, and “going out in a blaze of glory.”
“They say it only takes one fool,” Peagler said, “And on the this day the fool won.”
The mayor said making that trip to the homes of the families was the hardest thing he’s had to do during his career of public service.
“To walk up to their front door and to tell that little girl and her mother that their father and husband wouldn’t be coming home anymore, that he didn’t make it, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, and something I hope I never have to do again.”
Officers Wells and Stiles answered the ultimate call of duty when they gave their lives in protection of Moncks Corner and the students of Cross paid homaged to these two local heroes with the creation of a poster mural depicting their lives and careers in art.
“These students took the time and the effort to create an informative work of art that pays tribute to two of Moncks Corner’s finest young men,” Peagler said.
“There isn’t a day goes by where they aren’t in our thoughts and in our prayers.”