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Remembering Jonny On His Birthday

Elizabeth Yalian provided the photo of her son, Jonathan, in his Rathdrum Police Department uniform (above) and as a toddler (below).

Jonathan Franco, the Rathdrum police officer killed in a motorcycle crash earlier this fall, would have been 28 today. In memory of Jonny, HucksOnline is please to run an essay about him by his mother, Elizabeth Yalian. Who notes in the essay that Jonny loved guns and included a note he wrote as a young boy when he got his first gun: “The best thing I ever (heard) was the day Mom said I could have a B.B. gun.  I thaohgt I would faint when Mom said yes but I had to get this awfull haircut but I didn’t care. Mom had already gotton me B.B.s and later got me some pellets.  We went in to Shopco and thier it was the most buitiful thing I ever saw. After school I couldn’t wait to go shooting I was very angcious to knock some cans of the hey stak.  A few weeks later I got a scope and after Christmas I got a case for it.” You can read Elizabeth Yalian's entire essay here.

Question: Elizabeth Yalian has asked people who knew Jonny to drop her a note re: how he blessed their lives.

AM: Remembering Tofflemire, Franco

On her Facebook wall, KXLY weathercaster Kris Crocker offers this viewtiful scenie from a viewer, with this statement: “Viewer Corey Vogle of Clark Fork, ID, sent me this AMAZING shot (from Tuesday). Sunset over the North Fork of the Clark Fork River. No photo-shopping here, just pure Idaho beauty. I ♥ my home state.” Corey adds: “Sunset over the North Fork of the Clark Fork River, just a few miles from Clark Fork near Lake Pend Oreille. There were some impressive clouds. You can see some of the old dock pilings leading to the
railroad tracks. This is pretty much straight from the camera, no saturation added. (Olympus E-510 w/ 25 year old manual 24mm f2.8 lens)”

Services For Rathdrum Officer Today

Services and a funeral procession for Jonathan Franco, a Rathdrum police officer who died on Saturday in a motorcycle crash north of Newport, Wash., are today. The viewing will start at noon at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls and run until 1:30 p.m. The funeral will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. An Honor Guard will be present to post colors. A funeral procession of police vehicles will run from RLM, north on Highway 41 to Rathdrum's Pinegrove Cemetery where Franco will be buried/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

PM: Crash Kills Rathdrum Officer

An off-duty Rathdrum police officer was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle was involved with a two vehicle accident four miles south of Cusick. Johnathon Franco, 27, had been with Rathdrum police since 2006 working as a patrol officer. Coeur d'Alene Press reported that Franco's motorcycle hit a Plymouth whose driver slowed for an injured deer in the road. Motorcycle debris from wreck struck a third vehicle. Spokane Valley-based photographers, Shmily Face Photography, spent time with him in May. More from Nicole Hensley, KXLY here. (Photo courtesy: Shmily Face Photography)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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