Just lost my wife to the same situation in October....it's not painless...she was a Lieutenant for the Sheriff's Dept. in Richmond, VA and worked the 4/12 shift at the City Jail for 12 years.I got a call yesterday from a sergeant from a neighboring police agency when I was on patrol. Come to find out that this "kid" was the son of my neighboring K-9 partner, who at 16 years old, use to hide while wearing a body suit and our dogs would find and attack him. Well, he is now a Sergeant calling to tell me that his dad was just diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Yeah, Dale smoked like a train and knew this would finally catch up with him. I guess it did.
Go swiftly and please go painless, my Brother in Blue!