by Jacqueline Sit
"It's a big loss, we're going to miss them. We're going to miss those two guys and our prayers are with Officer Marquez, because he and the other guys have been there not just for us, but for the community. They're true heroes," Anna Bernal, a coordinator with The Crisis Center in Odessa, said.
True heroes who worked with the Crisis Center for years, for the center's coordinator Anna Bernal, the pain is indescribable.
"We hurt right along with them because they make it safe to not just us, but for the people in the community, their lives are in danger everyday they face a crime or they go out and respond to a 911 call and I think sometimes people take them for granted," Bernal said.
The center and these officers have worked side by side from domestic abuse to homicide cases becoming part of each others lives. Their passion for the cause transformed them into a big family, a family now mourning the loss of its precious brothers.
"I don't think Arlie had one enemy in this whole community. Arlie was the type of officer we could call anytime," Bernal said.
Corporal Arlie Jones, one of those killed, spent most of his career protecting victims of domestic violence only to become one himself. A risk he understood as did Corporal Scott Gardner. Having taken their oath to serve and protect, on Saturday night they were called to do that, no questions asked.
"We're very blessed to have the support of law enforcement the way we do I've been through so many trainings and conferences where their crisis centers and law enforcement don't see eye to eye we don't have that problem here, that's why we're tight, that's why we're hurt for our fellow officers.
These men who devoted themselves to the community will always be remembered as fallen heroes. If you need help, The Crisis Center is available any time, call the 24 hour hotline at 339-CRISIS.