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7.12.2007

Headed This Way


Just got word that the funeral procession for Officer Wes Hardy is in Denton and headed this way. It is said to be a dramatic sight. I-35 was shut down for the motorcade and on every overpass a firetruck(s), with ladders extended, could be seen as well as fireman standing shoulder to shoulder.

Edit: Should roll into Decatur at around 2:20 I'm told.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I and some co-workers watched a portion of the procession pass by Poco. Very moving!
This young man is the same age as my 2 boys.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember you posting anything about other funerals in or around Wise County.

Anonymous said...

Are they twin boys ?

Anonymous said...

Just went down FM 51.....an awesome show of love and support.

Anonymous said...

I want to say Thank you to my co-workers for standing outside with our flags and showing their respect for this gentleman. He deserves the respect he has earned.

Anonymous said...

God bless the family! What a TERRIFIC show of support!

Anonymous said...

the funeral procession came right in front of my office and it was the most incredible outpouring of support that i've ever seen. there were squad cars here from as far away as san angelo and college station. it had to have been between 15-20 miles long! my prayers are with his family.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous at 3:05 - one is a son and the other a step-son, but I've been the mom to both since they were teens. The point I was trying to make is how short Officer Hardy's life was. As a parent, it's so much fun to watch my boys be parents now. I can't imagine the grief this family is going through.

From Anonymoust at 2:54

Anonymous said...

They came by our office about 30 minutes ago. My 12 year old daughter was at work with me. This may be one of those once in a life time things. I'm 46 and have never seen anything even close except on TV. It was VERY moving.

Anonymous said...

very moving wes was also a volunteer firefighter for the howe vfd and they had there engine in the procession with his bunker gear on the rear tail bord for its last ride. a few of the vfd's in the county on the route helped with traffic at major intersections and the firefighters were standing at attention for the whole procession.

Anonymous said...

I drove back in the procession and was amazed by every intersection along the way had an officer blocking traffic and every on ramp to I35.
On the opposite direction of I35 civilians pulled over, stepped out of their cars and put their hats/hands over their hearts.
Two different overpasses had fire engines from Lewisville and Denton FD/EMS with ladders fully extended.

Wes came from a wonderful family, wed a beautiful wife and his legacy will go on with his adorable little girls who carry that same famous Hardy smile.

Just don't ever forget his short time here on earth. He touched many hearts and will be missed.

To the Hardy family:
You will remain in our prayers.
Wes is in good hands now.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. It's a sad occasion. Can anybody post the route from there to here? I'm just wondering about I35 and how all the traffic handled the situation, thinking most drivers had no idea of what was going on. Again, WOW.

Anonymous said...

Good points 2:57. Every person who dies is important to someone. Is Barry Green softening in his old age?

Hopefully.

Anonymous said...

the route went from the church on Hebron Parkway to I35e North
to 380 west to Decatur
to Sheriff's office Rook Ramsey road, then left on bus 380 to the pawn shop, right turn through deer parkway which then merged onto 51 so to Hwy 114 east to Boyd Cemetery.

Anonymous said...

I was going into lewisville as they were leaving and it was a sight to see. I thought something serious had happened. So,I called my husband to see if he had heard of anything and he told me it was W.H. funeral. Every on-ramp was blocked with police officers, overpasses were blocked with ambulances, firetrucks and tons of people just standing with cameras. It was being lead by motorcycle after motorcycle. I have never seen anything like this and I had chills.

Anonymous said...

There were 167 motorcycle officers and at least that many squad cars, fire, and EMS vehicles. Sugarland PD was the farthest I saw, along with Tulsa OK.

RIP, Wes. You will be missed.

Anonymous said...

No disrespect to the officer, but it was blown way out of porportion.
This officer blew thru a red light chasing a speeder, right?

Anonymous said...

Wes was obviously a really great guy. I didn't know him personally, but knew of him and my heart really goes out to his wife, two little girls, his dad and the rest of his family.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:50, this was a man that risk, and ultimately, gave his life so that we can be safe on a daily basis, in my opinion nothing is too much and sorry if this has inconvenienced you. How would you have handled it? In my mind you have just disrespected him and the others that have paid that ultimate sacrifice. Keep that in mind, god forbid, next time you have to call the police/fire because your family is in danger. Jerk.

Anonymous said...

To anonymous 12:50.you have disrespected the officer by saying what you said. He may have ran the red light in an attempt to stop a violator. But don’t forget that all drivers must yield to emergency vehicles. Maybe the other driver should have yielded to an emergency vehicle with red lights and sirens. You are probably one who doesn’t yield to any emergency vehicle because you may be inconvenienced.

It was not blown out of proportion, I thought it was very moving and the family appreciates everyone that was there.

Singed Texas police officer

Anonymous said...

another casualty in the useless war on speeding!

Anonymous said...

To Police Officer at 9:11 AM

We have several nephews in law enforcement, one is a prison warden (in Huntsville). With that attitude, ANON at 12:50 AM may personally get to meet him one day.

mzchief said...

To 8:50 and 9:15...
I do not believe 12:50 showed disrespect to Officer Hardy. 12:50 expressed their opinion, an opinion that PROVES 12:50 does not understand that HOW a person lives their life determines the number of people who will grieve that person's passing.

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To 12:50...
Regardless of the events surrounding the injury or death of a peace officer who is in the process of maintaining the peace not withstanding their being ON or OFF duty, that officer made a CHOICE to put themselves in danger for YOU/the public just as do soldiers. The people who participated in Officer Hardy's funeral did so because they ELECTED to show THEIR respect for Officer Hardy and the sacrifice made by EVERY peace officer and soldier who CONTINUE to risk THEIR safety so that YOU/the public may live SAFELY.

Some people elect to show support by attending the funerals for the BRAVE and often SELFLESS individuals who risk so much. Other people show their respect and appreciation by offering financial gifts and support and then there are the handful of us who also lobby lawmakers for better pay, better benefits for the survivors of peace officers and soldiers. Since you clearly feel uncomfortable with a PUBLIC display of RESPECT here is a list links of organizations to whom you can give YOUR financial SUPPORT.


Sheriff's Association of Texas

Texas Department of Public Safety Officer's Association

Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas

Freedom Is Not Free

Soldiers' Angels

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you 12:50. It was blown way out of proportion.
This officer blew thru a red light chasing a speeder and caused his own demise with no respect for any other motorist. I’m curious to know how fast this so called speeder was traveling. Was it necessary to blow through a red light in order to pursue him/her? Did he/she rob a bank?
Do you think that an innocent motorist would receive the same respect if the officer had caused their death? Hell No!

Anonymous said...

"He may have ran the red light in an attempt to stop a violator. But don’t forget that all drivers must yield to emergency vehicles. Maybe the other driver should have yielded to an emergency vehicle with red lights and sirens."

Funny 9:11 - Knowing the way police are. If the other driver did not yeild to the officer, and due to the officer being killed, that other driver would have been slapped with some violation. It was considered an accident, right? No charges filed. Could it be that the officer was in the wrong? Mmmmmmm.

There are certain things that chap my butt. One is... officers who believe they are GOD. And most do.

P.S. I am not 12:50 and I assure you that I am one who does yield to any emergency vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Hey, hey, hey....
Can we please refrain from not picking on the deceased with assumptions?

Not one of you appear to know any facts and obviously were not present at the time of the accident.

Wes collided with another vehicle who did not yield because she did not hear the sirens or have a chance to see the lights. And the location they collided at provided a blind spot for both of them and probably a sound barrier as well.

The traffic violator: did the person sport a gun at someone else, were they driving in a reckless manner, how about appearing to be without their mental and/or physical faculities? Do we know any of that? ....just that they commited a traffic violation, which could have been used as a probable cause for something else going on.

There's too much going on in that situation that Wes didn't get a chance to explain. Annnd, there is more that wasn't broadcasted on the news.

Stop making assumptions.

Anon 12:49 said: "Knowing the way police are."

Police have to be certain ways because of people like you.

Anonymous said...

You people amaze me, someone has lost a son, brother, husband, father & friend...

Anonymous said...

People like me, huh? A law abiding citizen who chooses to stay out of trouble. I can see where that would certainly make an officer have the "I'm God" attitude. Pleez. The minute a person becomes a police officer they immediately have that attitude.
And, police are that way no matter if an individual is innocent or not. That's the problem with the judical system today. We are fooled and told a person is innocent until proven guilty. Yeah right, it's the opposite and you know it.

Anonymous said...

To those of you that are not brave enough to be a Police Officer and protect the people like yourself, you need to go hide in a dark closet. It is truly sad that some people will turn a tragedy into a complete mess because they have either received a citation, been stopped by a police officer or have just been completely a moron when stopped by the police and hold a grudge. People like you can never take the responsible way and say it is my fault, I screwed up. It is always the Police Officers fault because you got stopped. But irregardless of the situation, a fellow Police Officer lost his life trying to protect the people of the community he served and the people of Texas. Nothing was blown out of proportin with the funeral. It is nice to know when you become a Police Officer, you enlist in a nation wide family that will be there in our times of need. Sorry for those who are not brave enough to walk in a Police Officers shoes to understand that. The overwhelming show of Police at Officer Hardy's funeral was a complete show of the Law Enforcement family support in a tragic time and event. May you Rest in peace Officer Hardy.

Anonymous said...

I don't know where some of you dumbasses get off calling Mzchief a know it all. I don't think she would try to tell people the right or wrong way to carry on a funeral. Mzchief had it right when she said you can tell the sort of life a person lived by they way they are remembered at their funeral. I didn't know Hardy but he must have been one hell of a guy. You folks bitchin about the cops being assholes and the funeral being to big sound like nobody is going to cry a tear when you die.

I drive a truck for a living and have been pulled over plenty a times and every time I shoulda been pulled over. It sure does piss me off to get pulled over because all I'm trying to do is make a living but I've never had a cop give me any shit because I've never given a cop any shit. I'm sure as hell glad the cops are out here or you'd have more crazyass drivers killing more people.

Anonymous said...

"because they have either received a citation, been stopped by a police officer or have just been completely a moron when stopped by the police and hold a grudge."

Sorry, but your assumptions on why you think I feel the way I do are non applicable. LOL. I don't need any of those to form an opinion on the matter. My eyes and ears work just fine.

Anonymous said...

To 12:50am,
You rank right up there with Barry. Always talking down on the Law Enforcement Officers for doing there job. Then you all are the first ones, cowards, that run to the phone and call 911 when something happens to you or your family. Cant be a man and go take care of it yourself, call the COPS. You whine about the ticket for speeding, arresting the drunk driver who could have killed you or your family. I get sick and tired of all you bleeding heart democrats that whine. You do wrong you get caught. Move on and show some respect. This man, Officer WES HARDY could have been the one who saved your life or your families. If that was the case, I am sure you would have been right there showing respect. I could go on, but I really dont think it is worth my time. OFFICER HARDY you and your family will be in my prayers.