Like hundreds of others today, I visited the Forza coffee shop in Parkland to remember and extend my heartfelt respect to the fallen four and view the memorial.
The prayerful and tender repose under solemn gray skies befitting mournful moments was abruptly disrupted upon taking notice of an officer’s name. On the memorial, it is written Mark Rennenger.
His last name is Renninger.
There is no place for sloppy and careless work on a memorial for the enormous tragedy and loss for the men and women in blue who serve and protect, for their families, our community and the state.
Neither is there room for the excuse that the misspelling of a fallen officer was unintentional.
I’m appalled and saddened that this first anniversary of a day of untold and unimaginable loss, grief, shock and violence has been marred by someone who didn’t bother to take the time to assure that the name of a murdered officer was spelled correctly.
I will wince every time I view and think about the memorial.