A Story: Puppy-Love

“Dave was such an enjoyable person to be around. We always had fun joking during class, going out for lunch, watching movies, hanging out just talking, and getting drinks with friends. I remember one time during class I told Dave how I missed my Rottweiler because I could not see her during the week.  After class Dave took me to his apartment on Washington Square to play with his dog Quindy.  Dave was extremely thoughtful like that. I always looked forward to my visits with Dave and Quindy.”

~ Diana V., NYU classmate

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Dave and Quindy on frozen Mooselookmeguntic Lake in Maine

A Tribute: Keeping On Keeping On

This letter was sent to a detective at the Euless PD by a community member recently. Some identifying information was redacted before posting. The letter is followed by the detective’s own thoughts. Thank you so much for sharing, detective.

Hi Detective XXX,
I just wanted to take a moment to say how deeply sorry I am to hear about Officer Hofer.  I remember meeting with him on XXX when I decided to press charges against XXX.  I was in a very bad place and my interaction with Officer Hofer brought me such comfort and hope.  His kindness toward me that day will always stay with me.  I pray for everyone he touched during this time.
Sincerely,
XXX

On March 2, 2016, I received this email.  On that day, I was at work and trying to do my job, but I was struggling.  I felt very adrift.

To be honest, at that time I didn’t possess much patience for anything other than investigating Dave’s death.  Everything else seemed trivial.

This email, though, it cut through that.  It reminded me that it wasn’t just us, the people that knew Dave personally, that were feeling the loss.  Those lives he touched only briefly were mourning him too.

And it made me feel that I could keep doing this job, because I still want to make that kind of difference in people’s lives, just like Dave did.

A Story: The Fireball Discovery

“My first trip to Maine was in winter 2012. I arrived a day or two after Mo and Dave. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally reached the house.  When I entered, I was given this unknown magical elixir of which I had never seen nor heard of before. This magical potion was none other than Fireball Whisky. At this time, it still wasn’t very popular and none of us had ever heard of it before and the only place we knew of that sold it was the IGA in Rangeley, Maine. Needless to say we wound up drinking what was left of that bottle and much to our dismay had no more. The next morning and every day after we took the roughly 25 minute drive to the grocery store to clean out their supply of Fireball. It was so bad that we actually had to wait for the delivery to come in one day. The entire supply of Fireball in Rangeley was consumed by the six of us staying at the house that week.”

~ Tim H., NYPD

In Memory: 03/25/16

“Dear Hofer family, Thank you for saving us. I’m sorry what happened. Offcer Hofer saved our school. I was scared I didn’t know what was happening until I found out. We love our police. He was a good man. Thank  you for your sacrifice. You help us keep safe! Hope you feel better. Love, Cecilia”

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A Tribute: A Photo Story

This is really, really special. David C., of the Euless Police Department created a photo story from the photos he and others took in the days after Dave’s passing. There are some really beautiful images of the services. Thank you, David C. And, thank you to Euless PD, NYPD, and all the other police departments that helped honor Dave. Our family has been overwhelmed by the care and support that has come our way.

A Story: Spotting Drugs & Eating Well

“So, my fav story with Dave wasn’t at a bar (shocker!). It was when we first got to the 9th together. We would ride together and he would tell me: “Damn, Izzy, how do you spot people doing drugs like that?!” I would tell him when you work in Brooklyn you become good at that. Then, he would say: “Ok you’re good at that, but your eating habits are horrible and you need to lose weight now” (as I stuff my face with Chinese food)! Soon after that my working out with him started. He would make me meet him on my days off at Crunch gym. Because of him I went down from 285 to 200 lbs. Hofer was more than just a cop. He was a friend. There aren’t words to describe him. Hofer was an angel. Off the record lol.”

~ Izzy S., NYPD

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In Memory: 03/24/16

“Dear Euless Police Department, Thank you for all youv done for us. whith out you it wold be cayos. I have a queston for you. Do you have a police dog? Well if you do whats its name and what dose it do? Safty tip #lol always stick whith your buddy.”

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A Story: A Family’s Tragedy

I would like to preface this story to extend my deepest gratitude to its author. Euless resident Lee Gilby shared a very painful memory to show the impact that David made as the Gilby family had to come to terms with the tragic loss of their son. Lee allowed me to post this in honor of David and in memory of his son. Thank you, Gilby family, and much love.

Thank you also to all our wonderful police officers who are out there doing tremendous work in extremely difficult situations. You make a difference every day.

My name is Lee Gilby and I am a long time resident of Euless,TX.  I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother under such tragic circumstances.  I know our mayor Linda Martin and she had indicated that you were looking for stories from people that had encountered your brother in the line of duty or simply just wanted to share a story.

My family’s such encounter with your brother though now over a year and half ago is still very fresh in our minds and extremely difficult to put to paper.  My son Brian Gilby took his own life in October 2014 while I was away on business in Detroit.  My wife who was a 5th grade teacher at the time discovered our son when she came home that afternoon.

When I heard of the shooting in Euless and eventually saw a picture of your brother, it brought back a lot of memories and emotions that we as a family deal with on a daily basis. I showed a picture of your brother to my wife and she turned pale white.  You see, your brother was one of the first officers to respond to our home that afternoon and I cannot begin to express the caring and consideration that he showed my wife under such tragic circumstances. I now understand that he was a relatively new officer to our community at that time and I believe his actions go toward describing the type of individual he was.

My wife indicated that your brother stayed with her until the detectives arrived at our home and made sure she was comfortable and had everything she needed while being able to contact myself and other close relatives.  I was able to get back to Euless late that evening and I cannot express the gratitude that I have for the entire Euless police department in how my family was treated.

Your brother was kind enough to come by our house a couple days later as a follow up to just see how we were managing under the circumstances.  It is those little acts of kindness that tend to go unnoticed until we hear tragic news happening to those around us.

I know the pain of losing someone close under tragic circumstances and I would like to share with you something that was shared with me through the grief process.  Time does not heal the pain.  The pain you feel at the loss will never diminish but every day you will get stronger in how you deal and cope with that pain.

Your family is in our Prayers,

Lee Gilby

In Memory: 03/23/16

“I am thankful for police officers because…They keep us safe and stop bad guys.”

If you can’t read the drawing, the cop says: He’s over there! The robber says: Oh no! The cops and robbers theme is very prominent in the kiddos brain 🙂