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4.03.2009

Random Friday Morning Thoughts

  • Having Bridgeport roots that are important to me, it simply wouldn't seem right to post the typical random girl photo and be flippant less than 24 hours after the tragedy.
  • Sgt. Randy White was first Bridgeport PD officer ever killed in the line of duty.
  • I knew Stephen York while growing up. Involved in touch football games with him off of Pleasant View Road, was in his house, was friends with his family. Those were very innocent times which now seem like a long, long time ago.
  • Saw this on Facebook at 2:35 yesterday afternoon: "Cop chasing a white truck on Hale and then 287. Flew past me."
  • I suspect we are about to see quite the moving funeral procession. As it should be.
  • Talked to a fellow defense lawyer shortly after the news broke yesterday, and he was pretty upset. The local law enforcement/criminal justice system isn't like what you see on TV. There's a level of friendship, mutual respect and joking around between many cops, defense lawyers, and prosecutors.
  • I was in Bridgeport in April of 1980 when my mom told me about the death of James "Poncho" Bennett, who was killed in the line of duty for Decatur PD during a traffic stop. (The guy that was convicted in the killing had stolen a firearm out of a home in Bridgeport shortly before the killing.)
  • 29 years later, it was dad who first told me yesterday that something bad may have happened in Bridgeport.
  • The capital murder charge is a little interesting. It seems that the investigators are saying initially is that York intended to cause the death of the officer. There's also indications that York made a statement immediately after the accident that was important - but they won't tell me what it was.
  • There should be a dashcam from the officers who were in pursuit.
  • Fox 4, whose video loads very fast, has it's 9:00 o'clock story up now.
  • Sgt. Randy White had a five year old child.
  • Ironically, I saw a patch of bluebonnets this morning.

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know he's not on the radio anymore but I hope the Russ Martin Foundation shows up with some money for Officer White's family. I think they usually give the spouse about $30,000 to help get them through. Obviously our prayers are with the family and all his fellow officers.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Whites family and friends as well as the people of Bridgeport. I could not imagine going to work each day and putting myself in harms way for people I dont even know. Mr White is a HERO and will be greatly missed.

SC
Paradise, Texas

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barry. Very nicely done. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

We can only imagine what could have happened if the high speed chase went into the Bridgeport city limits as anyone could have been in harms way. It is so sad the young police officer lost his life.

Anyone who has family who protect us never know when this can happen.

We are so grateful for those who protect us and serve us.

We can only pray for the family of the police officer and the family of the trobled soul who life got off track.

When we get out on the roads, we never know what will happen.

Anonymous said...

well done, God speed officer white.

Anonymous said...

The officer saved lives. Fortunately, we'll never know what car full of teenagers, what truck with an elderly man and woman, or what SUV with an entire family was in the path of the speeding truck, and would have instead been the headline. Instead, someone or some family is reading about this, without a clue that it would have been them if not for this life. So now, community needs to take care of the family that sacrificed.

Anonymous said...

Most appropriate!!
Thank you Barry.
To Officer Whites family, all who worked with him and all who knew him, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May the thought of his young life, his dedication to serve his community and his willingness to help others, remain in our hearts forever.

Anonymous said...

I would also like to add that the York family must be in terrible pain as well. Stephen had a drug problem that he couldn't get past. All of his family has tried, unsuccessfully to help and they too must be grieving for his children and for the loss that he has caused.

Anonymous said...

I am speechless to say what I am feeling right now. I am so very grateful to Sgt White for putting himself between us and danger. I wish that I knew how to honor his service to us in some way that really mattered.
As the daughter of a retired police officer, I feel for his wife and child.
As the mother of four, I hurt for the loss of this fine young man.
As a Christian, I pray for all who knew and loved him.
The whole community grieves this loss.

Anonymous said...

I just have to say, what a tragedy for all involved. I used to work in Law Enforcement and I'm happy to say I don't anymore because this is devastating to the whole Community. I pray for the Officer's family, but I also pray for Stephens family. I knew Steve from way back, but I knew him without the drugs and I knew him when he had his wonderful wife and children. Drugs will obliterate your life and this proves it. To the White and York family-I'm so sorry and you all will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Barry, the bluebonnets were always there, sometimes you just need something to help you open your eyes a little more to see them. Trust in God's plan.

Anonymous said...

Being a life long resident of Dallas County I've never been to Wise County. I discovered your blog about four years ago and it almost feels like I have grown up there now, and that is why this kind of got to me. Anytime an officer gives his life for our protection it is horrible but this one feels different. Thank you Barry and thank you Officer White.

David said...

Barry, I was touched by your softer side. Your liberal ways tend to rub me the wrong way, but you showed class in the way you handled this tragedy. Has anyone set up a memorial fund for the family yet? If so, it'd be nice if blogs such as yours could publish the info.

Anonymous said...

I guess it was GOD's plan that got that officer killed yesterday.

Anonymous said...

9:04, very well said.

Anonymous said...

speaking of blue bonnets, theres a song by cross canadian ragweed called bluebonnets, the lead singer wrote it for his son. listen to it. god bless the officers family.

Anonymous said...

I am at a loss for words. This is a horrible tragic accident. I did not know Sgt. White but my heart breaks for his wife and little girl. May God bless his family and help there hearts heal from this tragic accident. Everyone please say a prayer for his family that their hearts start to mend and thank God Sgt. White protected us all from what could have been.

Anonymous said...

Drugs, both illegal and legal, are behind most of the bad things that happen to normal people in this country. God bless Officer White, and may God comfort his family in the days ahead.

Anonymous said...

A memorial fund is being set up at The Community Bank in Bridgeport for the family.

Anonymous said...

I was told his comment was he hoped he killed the SOB

Anonymous said...

9:36, I wanted to comment about your comment but never mind...today's not the day for the usual "blog war of words".

Anonymous said...

Someone should also pray for the poor poor family of Mr. York! There are ALWAYS victims on both sides, you know.

Anonymous said...

I DO hope that the loss of this officer's life will be enough to make our grand juries, our judges and MOST ESPECIALLY, our District or County Attorneys understand that PLEA BARGAINING with these habitual dope/alcohol addicts can be quite harmful to the community who elected them into office! Protect the innocent citizens of this community and put these kind of people in jail where they belong! Same goes for assailants, etc. We surely don't want a "lesson" at the hands of a child molester or sex assailant who should have been locked away but is walking our streets because of a Plea bargain!

Anonymous said...

Wonder how many officers in pursuit of this fool were thinking "I hope he dies", also.

Anonymous said...

Possibly the worst part about this is there's a set of parents out there that have to bury their son, a wife that has to find her way without her husband, and a little girl that has to grow up without a father. No one should ever have to do that.

And Randy White did it so somebody else wouldn't have to. God bless him.

Anonymous said...

Randy White ~ You Are Our Hero!

Anonymous said...

AGAIN, people...remember the poor family of Mr.York. You keep going on about the other family, and yes, it's sad, but it's just almost as sad for the family of the other guy. They didn't do anything wrong and yet they have to listen to their loved one (and yes, he is loved, too) being bashed and slammed. Have a little compassion for the other side..I'm not saying for the York guy but for his family. Seems everyone always wants to forget the other victims.

Anonymous said...

10:42, ditto

wisecracker said...

Anonymous said...
Wonder how many officers in pursuit of this fool were thinking "I hope he dies", also.

10:22 AM
I bet they were thinking " we have to stop him before he hurt someone"
My heart goes out for the family of officer white...

Anonymous said...

We have to stop him? Wonder what would have happened if they had stopped chasing him?

Anonymous said...

Sergeant White gave the ultimate sacrafice to keeps others safe and out of harms way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, dauhter and family in this tragic time. Thank you Sergeant White for protecting and serving, you will be greatly missed by members of the community you sered, members of your department and members of surrounding departments you assisted. Rest in peace Sergeant White. God Speed!

Brother Law Enforcement Officer

Anonymous said...

What some of you dont know is that Stephen went to the Bridgeport PD several times yesterday, saying someone was after him, chasing him, something. They knew something was wrong with him. He was talking crazy stuff. They did nothing about it. They know his family well someone could have made a phone call and all of this could have possibly been prevented.

Anonymous said...

REMEBER PEOPLE: You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.
RIP Sgt. White

Eddie in Paradise said...

9:36 - you sadly just don't understand that is was Mr. York's decision, not God's.

Randy White - thank you for YOUR decision.

John 15:13 No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

That is what Sgt. Randy White did.
My sons ride a school bus on 114 and 2123 around that time.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace and thank you for protecting our familes officer White. There were many families loaded up and heading to baseball and softball games yesterday just minutes from when this happened. So thank you!

Anonymous said...

Randy your amoung the elite fallen. You were a true guardian of the people. Rest in peace my brother.

Brother Officer

Anonymous said...

Nemo me impune lacessit

M-M said...

It was a tragedy in many ways and to a lot of people. It was not God's will, it was either an accident or purposely done. May God bless us all to glean what we can from this tragedy and be better human beings as a result.

Anonymous said...

As I reflect on the tragedy of the last 24 hours:

There, but for the grace of God, could walk any of us.

My prayers are with the friends and family on both sides of this heartbreaking event.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

There are no winners in this situation, everyone involved in this has lost. We don't know all of the facts,so everything I read on here I take with a grain of salt as to how has it may be twisted from the real truth.

What I do know is that a police officer is dead, a woman's car was stolen and the person driving it is in a hospital right now. Mr. York's life will never be the same. Whatever punishment he receives will never bring back officer White. Stephen will pay for this the rest of his life with or without jailtime.

I for one am praying for everyone involved as they all have a long road ahead!

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt Mr White is a HERO. There were countless school buses full of children headed to athletic events. I hope it helps the family of Mr White and his little one to know that your father saved many lives yesterday. God Bless this man and his family. A note to the rest of Wise County if you get a chance to thank an officer, a fireman or a paramedic please do so. They risk their lives for us each and everyday. May God be with this family.

Anonymous said...

WHY SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT THE YORK
FAMILY? THIS PIECE OF TRASH BELONGS
IN JAIL. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE,
MAYBE THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

Anonymous said...

I can not say anything that has not already been said here - but yet still feel compelled to post. Thank you to Officer White and his family for the sacrifices they have made for their community. It is a debt that can never be repaid.

Anonymous said...

In response to 12:48-You want to know why we should worry about the York family? Let me tell you something right now-his family had nothing to do with his actions!! His children are going through hell and they did nothing AT ALL to promote their father's behavior. Have a heart, you can't choose your family and you can't control their actions.

Anonymous said...

It just so happens that my mother was on the way to the Middle school around the time this had just taken place to pick up my 8th grader! I scares me to Think "WHAT IF?" To me Officer White is a HERO, one who protected my mother and daughter. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and daughter.

Anonymous said...

to 11:23 SO WHAT!!!!
Let's not blame the police dept for this. I believe that they have to have "probable clause" to arrest or detain someone. Do you want every one that talks to a policeman to be "detained"? Since when are the police our "baby sitters"? Are you sure that the family would have taken care of him.

Anonymous said...

Donations for the family of
Sgt. Randy White can be made at any of the following:

Sgt. Randy White Benefit Account
First State Bank
PO Box 338
Bridgeport, TX 76426
940.683.6300

Sgt. Randy White Memorial Fund
Community Bank
507 US Hwy 380
Bridgeport, TX 76426
940.683.4191

Edward Jones- any office, anywhere
Sgt. Randy White Memorial Fund
c/o Janet White

Anonymous said...

1:39 You'll think SO WHAT when it comes to trial and this is brought up.

Anonymous said...

I understand that Stephen York had been to the Bridgeport Police Station 3 times yesterday morning talking out of his head about someone after him. I also understand that he was involved in a traffic violation and fled. What I don't understand is the high speed chase by police. They know who he was - why not issue a warrant and arrest him at his home later. Sometimes the thrill of the chase prevails over common sense. High speed chases usually result in tragedy. Mr. White's life would have been spared and the York family (who are a fine family in Bridgeport) would not be in mourning also.

Anonymous said...

WELL SAID 2:11!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

2:11 You hit the nail on the head.

"the thrill of the chase prevails over common sense"

Anonymous said...

My heart goes to the family of the fallen officer. I couldn't even begin to imagine the pain they are feeling. I pray that God finds them comfort during their horrible loss...I also pray for the York family, his mother and sisters must be horrified by the actions of Stephen. Drugs are a terrible thing... Everyone can go on with the what if's and should have's.. but when a person is so gone on drugs, regardless of circumstances, they are going to do the unthinkable...God Bless you all during your hard time.

Anonymous said...

To 1:39 - Yes the family would have taken care of him. I know the police are not our babysitters, but when you walk into the police station higher than a kite - asking for help, believing someone is chasing you - don't you think something could have been done? Instead he was instructed to get back into his vehicle and go home after trying to tell them that someone was "chasing" him!! It has been told to the family by someone at the police department that they knew he was "out of his mind" if he is so known to the police as a drug user you would think this would be easy and a person suspected of being "under the influence" might have been arrested and possibly a life might have been saved. I am not trying to say that Stephen is not responsilbe for his actions - I know he is and my heart goes out to Officer White's family - this is a heartbreaking situation for everyone - and I just wish things had happened differently.

Anonymous said...

To 12:48 - why should we worry about the York family along with the White family. Because all of us have been touched by drugs - if you think you have not you are either very naive or stupid. My prayers are with the White family and the York family.

Anonymous said...

A lot of typical posts about Law Enforcement being at fault. You all have probably had some kind of run in with Law Enforcement and are the typical Cop Haters. It is a job that most would never attempt to do, just because they don't have what it takes Example of the typical posts. Regardless of what your view is, a Police Officer who took an oath to serve and protect for the State of Texas and City of Bridgeport paid the ultimate sacrifice to PROTECT you from someone's senseless act of stupidity. York choose to run from Police and furthermore take the life of someone tryig to help save others. It has nothing to do with the thrill of the chase, it is an attempt to stop the sensless person wishing to endanger others at no risk. It has been prove regardless of wheter a chase is called off, the person usually ends up hurting some innocent person for fear they think the Police will find them and chase again. Everyone needs to step back and think about if this was your loved one killed doing something they loved to do, Protect and Serve. It is a tragic event all the way around and that is the moral to the story. No comments should have been approved for this event in the first place. A simple No Comments out of respect for the Officer and family would have been sufficient, but as usual the BLOG has prevailed with tacky appeal to the event at hand. Thanks BG for allowing the dirt comments to pass through, so the family of Sergeant White will be able to see. What a lack of taste. For someone who has been on the LE side of the justice system, I figured you would have more common sense. But it opened a can that keeps on giving. Again Rest in peace Sergeant White and know you were a damn good Officer who will truly be missed.

Anonymous said...

2:48 my heart has no compashion for Stephen York at this time. Stephen York has destroyed a family. He has taken a husband and father and my anger for him runs too deep for now. I wish no harm to come to the York family but for Stephen York well I cant describe my wishes for him. My prayers will remain for Sgt. Randy White's family and friends.

Anonymous said...

People, you need to stop pointing fingers...With any situation, it's always easier to point the blame on someone else... let it rest...There are two families hurting here...one in a sense that something they have lost will NEVER be replaced...Quit arguing about who's fault it is.. what's done is done...pray for these families, don't make it any harder by sitting here going back and forth and arguing... it might make YOU feel better, but will never heal these two families!

Anonymous said...

Some of you people are just amazing. On this thread it is the cops fault and the other thread it is the women who left her keys in her car.... I mean come on?? This tragedy is in the hands of Stephen York! Plain and simple! I am sorry but that is the way it is. There is no blame on his mother, sisters, ex-wife or children. Just him! He was not a minor child under the control of his family. He is a GROWN man and is responsible for his own actions! Pray for the York family and what they are feeling but do not forget that Sgt. White was the one killed here at the hands of Mr. York. The White family is without a husband, father and son!

God bless Sgt. White! He is a hero!!

Anonymous said...

Remember What I said about the 3 ring show just gettin started!
Its started now.

Anonymous said...

Why argue about who should have or shouldnt have dont this or that?! An officer, father, husband is gone...It cant be changed by the shoulda, coulda, woulda's.

Many prayers for all affected by this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

I just want to inform some of you, in the state of Texas police officers have to obide by laws to and no where does it say you can't be crazy! I know this because of my mother's condition. The law does say that you can only be detained to a mental instutution if your a direct threat to your self or anyone else! Mr. York seems to not have fallen into that situation until he fled the police. I can't help but wonder why some people are making excuses for this situation. Point blank a man has been killed and that was in gods plan, so I pray for his family, I pray for the York family for their loss as well. But for crying out loud The Police did their job and should be praised for that. May god be with you all!

Anonymous said...

I never have understood the "if not for the grace of God, there go I" notion. What does that mean? What happened to the officer's grace from God? Did God revoke it? That's what is being directly implied. But that's the case. So why say something so dumb? Yet so many people say it, not realizing what they say.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Barry for the tribute it was a good change. I pray for Srgt.Whites family and I thank them for giving us a fine police officer. My heart goes out to the York family I know them and this has to be devistating they are good people and they are hurting deeply. Please Wise County remember both of these families inn your prayers and pray for our Police Forces. My son-in-law is in the police academy these men are a chosen few and they want to serve their community the least we can do is pray for them. May God Bless!

Anonymous said...

2:11

ALMOST well said!!!!

The part about the Yorks being a fine family--NOT SO MUCH. They dont pay their bills!!!

Anonymous said...

Imagine a world where a guy who chose certain drugs was not criminalized; where moderation, treatment, and taxation were the driving forces behind our society's love affair with drugs of all kind, legal and not. Instead we settled for black markets, incarceration, ruining of lives, and a massive police force to wage war on people.

Would Stephen York be less crazy, less desperate? Would the officer whose job it was to wage that war still be alive? Would we even have needed him to be a cop in the first place?

All this excess lament in the abscence of deep analysis of our endless "war on drugs" only assures more of the same in the future.

And yes, it has been my observation that cops in general are a little too locked-and-loaded, eager for the high-speed chase. I guess it probably is fun.

Until someone gets hurt.

A lot of stuff is like that.

Anonymous said...

6:19, you just proved yourself to be an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Are yall really ignorant enough to think that this was "God's plan?" A man, who was a dad, husband, son, friend, etc. died. Why is it "God's plan" to kill innocent people that were actually doing good for this world? Stop making that a scapegoat and face reality. I hate to make this a religious issue, but honestly, get your head out of the sand.

If there is a God, he is a cruel, cold, and hateful one. Just look at this situation.

Anonymous said...

7:54 Be careful what you say. Denying God is the only unforgivable sin. God doesn't destroy lives. People destroy lives by making bad choices. God created a perfect world - until he filled it with people.

Anonymous said...

7:54- I am not trying to second guess MY God but it could have been his "plan" to sacrifice a wonderful person who chose to dedicate his life to protect and serve the community so that a school bus full of children could be spared or it could have been you that could be spared in hopes that you too could find His love and take solice in the fact that He indeed has a plan for us all.

Rest in Peace Sgt. White. We thank you for your service and dedication to your community.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember the same thing happening this month 19 yrs. ago? Mickey Ratliff was being chassed down the Twin Hills hill and rammed into a family from out of town. Killed the father instantly. It's a sad situation! I do agree Ratliff and York both needed to be off the streets but again we all know where they both live why not wait and expedite a warrant and call off the chase. Killing people was at the hands of both Ratliff and York but could both of those lives been saved?

Anonymous said...

Sgt Randy White was a man that lost his life doing what he loved to do. His job was to protect and that is exactly what he did!!!! He ended his call of duty while protecting others. Randy left behind a wife and daughter that should be very proud of what he stood for. He also left behind a HUGE family of law enforcement that will miss him dearly. You should all thank him that he was the one that left behind so much so that you all would be able to go home and kiss your spouse and kids again. Being a wife to a police officer myself all you can do is stand proud for what they do for the rest of the community. I know that every time that he puts on that vest, pins on his badge and walks out the door that it may be the last time that I see him. Me and my kids pray every night for his safety and that we will get to see him again. When he comes home I kiss and him and NEVER let it go unknown that I love him with all that I have. Maybe each of you should kiss your spouse and your kids and tell them that you love them. You never know when it will be your time to be called home. You will be missed dearly Randy. Thank you for all that you did for the city of Bridgeport. Extra special prayers goes to his wife, daughter, and his family.

Anonymous said...

Everyone here can point fingers "say what they have heard" either way we have lost a outstanding Officer to public service and as i have read a wonderful husband, father and friend. But please remember in your words the Yorks are hurting also they are heartbroken for the White family as well as their own. Stephen was a good person, just had some problems that could happen to anyone of us. Please choose your words carefully he has kids,a mom,sisters,and extended family that even though they did everything to help him through his problems it was bigger than anyone.Remember the old saying " you can hate the sin, just don't hate the sinner" So unless you where with him during the day, you have no right to post "what you heard" no matter what it's sad but there are children that will have to suffer either way..
I will add that when we first moved to Wise County some 20 years ago the York family was one of our first friends and have remained since then....so 5:30 i don't know where you get your information from but 1) not fact 2) does not even belong in this blog.

Again Prayers being said for the White and York families...Be Strong and Never take your eyes off God!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like York should have ran into half the dopes on this blog instead of officer White. I'm sick to death of reading your BS. 1) IF YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NICE, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! 2) IT'S BETTER TO CLOSE YOU MOUTH AND BE THOUGHT OF AN IDIOT, THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND PROVE IT!

- FED UP WITH IDIOTS

Anonymous said...

7:54 - Officer White was a Christian and a member of a church in Perrin. His wife will be comforted by the love of God coming through those church members and others in the Christian community who don't even know this family, but are reaching out in various ways - prayer, financially, cards, letters, etc.

If this had happened in your family, these same people would be reaching out to you, in spite of your attitude.

THAT is how God works.

Anonymous said...

So you're saying God is the assembly of people that worship him one day of the week? Isn't that humanism?


Again, yall just dive into the false reality to make yourselves feel better.

And by the way,

if God actually knew I didn't beleive in him, then why WOULDN'T he take my life than Mr. White's life?

This makes no sense. Stop trying to make sense of it.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else observe that Thursday April 2, 2009 was 29 years after Thursday April 3, 1980 both days will be tragically remembered forevermore in this county?

Anonymous said...

Oh boo-hoo

Anonymous said...

I am amazed at the officers on patrol in Boyd this weekend two officers per vehicle I am sure they are lending support to each other. Please stop and take a minute to realize and thank all public servants who protect serve us. I would like to thank all of Wise County Sheriff and Boyd Police department for the many times you have come my to aid and helped. If I have never said it before I say it now Thank you!! You go above and Beyond your calling all of you. Thank you!