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Kralicek Shooting Anniversary Passes

I didn't realize another anniversary of the near-fatal shooting of former Coeur d'Alene police officer Mike Kralicek had almost passed until I read this Facebook post from Mike's wife, Carrie, last night: “It has been 7 years today since K57 was “down”. Our lives changed for what “appeared” to be the worst. Things are not always as they appear to be and what appears to be is not always what it seems. We have found peace and joy through the suffering, and an understanding you cannot have one without the other. I love you K57 you are more than a number. I love the new Mike and what you can do for others through honestly and openly speaking to agencies about officer involved shootings, overcoming adversity, and disability etc. You are still a HERO and one of a kind.” (2006 SR file photo: Mike Kralicek and then state senator Mike Jorgenson)

Question: Any shoutouts for Mike, Carrie, & their family?

Fallen Heroes Memorial Is Holy Ground

Via Facebook, Mary Marano post this reminder: “Let’s remember together. The police and firefighters will place a wreath at the Fallen Heroes Memorial in back of the 15th Street Fire Station at 1:00 on September 11 in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Join me and others to join hands, support, unify and remember these brave souls and their families.” I spent 15 minutes or so at the memorial last Saturday, reading the names of the fallen Idaho police officers and firefighters, including some who were familiar, such as Linda Huff (pictured), the Idaho State trooper who was gunned down by Scott Yager, outside the regional ISP HQ in Hayden, June 17, 1998.  And USFS officer Brent Jacobson who was gunned down during a January 1989 snow storm in Bonner County, trying to catch two robbery suspects. But for the grace of God, former Coeur d’Alene police officer Mike Kralicek’s name would be on the plaque’s, too. If you haven’t visited the memorial behind the 15th Street fire station, take time to do so. It’s hallowed ground.

Question: Have you visited the Fallen Heroes Memorial?

Group Gives Special Bike To Mike Kralicek

A Coeur d’ Alene police officer seriously injured in the line of duty six years ago gets a brand new bike to help with his rehabilitation. 40-year old Mike Kralicek was shot in the head while responding to a call for back up in 2004. At first doctors believed Kralicek would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. However over the years Kralicek has proved doctors wrong going from a quadriplegic to walking. On Wednesday Kralicek received a brand new Recumbent Trike. The trike will give Kralicek the freedom to bike and strengthen his legs. … “Still striving for more independence, trying to show other people that there’s a hope there’s still a way,” Kralicek said/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: Are you inspired by Mike Kralicek will to regain his freedom?

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