'For tomorrow may not be'
February 28, 2014
Casket bearers carry Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting’s flag-draped coffin in September.
Editor's note: Mandy Buenting, the wife of Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting who was shot and killed in September, provided this statement exclusively to the Daily Times Herald after the murder case of the man who allegedly killed him was suspended on Tuesday because he might be too delusional and paranoid to stand trial.
There are times when words seem too thin to express our thoughts and feelings, but I will try.
Jamie Buenting dedicated his life to love and to justice. He died in cause of that effort.
A great life ended too soon, a great example of a hero who pinned on a badge each day to protect and serve the public. His badge is in the shape of a shield - considering officers wear it try to shield us, the word is fitting. If only it were a shield for him.
Jamie's family and community are left in the aftermath of grief, of a love and respect so great: suddenly gone. He was a loving son, devoted husband, baby brother, wonderful father and true friend.
We are determined to see the scales of justice balanced, that Jamie's life not be forgotten.
I want to personally thank each and every officer that puts on that badge to protect and serve, really knowing what that sacrifice means.
We ask for continued support through these difficult times so as a family and community we can find justice and begin to heal. The community has been amazing and has truly come together in a time of need. We deeply appreciate your sympathy.
I hope each and every one of you takes the time to love all you hold dear, for tomorrow may not be.
- Mandy Buenting, Rockwell City
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