NEWTON, Kansas – The police department of Newton wrote an open letter to the community today, offering words of empathy and inspiration in the wake of the Hesston tragedy.
“For the community, this is a time to lament,” it reads. “We don’t know when, but there will be a time to heal, and our community will grow stronger. This time can’t come soon enough, and we look forward to reaching that goal with you, our family, friends, and neighbors.”
The following is the text of the Newton Police Department’s letter.
An Open Letter To Our Community,
As a new day breaks this Sunday morning, it seems as though time has finally resumed it’s normal pace. The events of Thursday seem only moments ago. Time has been against us during this entire event. Time for response, time for patient transport, time to secure the multiple scenes, time to create an incident command, time to investigate the case. Time is seems, in many ways has been our greatest enemy.
Time however, we believe, now becomes one of our greatest allies. For the families of the deceased it is a time to mourn. For the friends and families of the wounded, a time to grieve. For the community, this is a time to lament. We don’t know when, but there will be a time to heal, and our community will grow stronger. This time can’t come soon enough, and we look forward to reaching that goal with you, our family, friends, and neighbors.
Soon there will be a time to honor heroes, and thank those who have graciously provided assistance, but that time is not today. Today we take time to give our condolences, and show our respect.
When a tragedy strikes, especially at the magnitude of the events last Thursday, the entire community is shaken. The Newton Police Department is a part of this affected community, both organizationally and by virtue of its members. Our hearts hurt for the families of those who were killed, wounded, responded, or otherwise had to suffer the terror of Thursday’s events. Unfortunately we have no action to take, which might remove the pain, and words seem so insignificant. Please know you are in the hearts, thoughts, and prayers of the members of our department.
We stand with you #HesstonStrong,
The members of
The Newton Police Department