The police officer killed in Monday’s shooting in Boulder, Colo., Eric Talley, represents what it truly means to protect and serve.
Talley, 51, left behind a wife and seven children after being killed in the supermarket shooting which claimed nine other lives, according to the GoFundMe for his family.
Entering the Boulder Police Department at age 40, Talley joined out of a passion for serving. He left a six-figure career in information technology to risk his life for the Boulder community, according to his father, Homer Talley.
“He left his desk job. He just wanted to serve, and that’s what he did. He just enjoyed the police family,” his father shared.
After a friend’s DUI death in 2010, Talley felt the call to join the force. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jeremy Herko and close friend of Talley said, “That kind of propelled him into law enforcement.”
“I sent him a text asking him if he was OK, and of course he never texted back,” Herko said, choking up, reported the Denver Post. “That’s the life of a police officer.”
“He’s a very kind man, and he didn’t have to go into policing. He had a profession before this but he felt a higher calling,” said Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold. “And he loved his community. He’s everything that policing deserves and needs. He was willing to die to protect others, and that gets lost in translation.”
Now, mourners have placed flowers in and around Talley’s police car to pay their respects to the fallen hero.
Talley’s life embodies the meaning of sacrifice and selflessness, and his death shows us he was truly the best of the blue.