myparistexas.com received a letter from a reader and with their permission, we wanted to share it with you.
My husband’s name is David Roberts and on the day (EOW Sept. 21st, 1985) that Paris Police Officer David Roberts died in Paris, TX, my husband David Roberts in New Orleans, LA received his police commission from the state of Louisiana as a police officer.
He worked for the state of Louisiana until his retirement in 2007.
David said It is certainly unusual that years ago when we were traveling on vacation and we found the memorial there dedicated to your David Roberts who died on the same day I was commissioned in Louisiana. My heart about stopped.
It is a humbling feeling for such an event to someone in law enforcement.
We honor all fallen officers. I last worked as a police officer at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, in 2005 in New Orleans, then transferred to Huey P. Long Hospital in Pineville, LA from which I retired.
It was hard to see our shared name, two policemen, in different locations, sharing names and love of the law, one passing and one commissioned on the same date. I took a picture of the memorial and showed it to people; I know someday I’ll have to come back there.
David A. Roberts
We reached out to Roberts after receiving their letter and asked him what he thought upon realizing the connection.
“Oh my god this must be an omen in my life and I guess I was born to carry on the name in law enforcement,” said Roberts. “Being an officer, to me, it was the proudest job of my life.”
Thank you for your service Mr. Roberts and for sharing your story with us.