Passing of a Fellow Deputy
By Dr. D. Wayne Beeks | July 8, 2017
Yesterday I heard the very tragic news of one of our fellow deputies, and brother, Deputy Arboleda, known to his friends as Koa, had passed away. What made it even more tragic and bitter, was how he, at that moment, that brief finite and period of time, felt he had no options to continue. As a rule, police officers and deputies tend to keep our problems inside. Our egos lie to us and say we are super human and can, by ourselves, deal with the problems and demons we strive every day to protect others from. The truth is, while we are the sheepdogs of society, like it or not, we are all human, and subject to the same physical and emotional limitations everyone faces. As a brotherhood we mourn and hurt inside right now for the loss of our dear friend and brother. We all hurt that we were not there for him at a moment when he needed strength, wishing he had reached out to someone, but we take comfort in knowing at that moment God was with Koa, and Koa is now with God.
With the acceptance of the Lord as your savior comes the promise of eternal life, for through that acceptance of eternal salvation, we are delivered of our sins, past, present, and future, by Jesus’s sacrifice He made on the cross. Our salvation once received by Him, is not revocable, for if it were, it would not be eternal as it is promised.
“(9) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9–10)
“(29) for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)
May we all take this time to confess our sins, and profess our believe that Jesus is Lord, and is our eternal salvation.
Though I am deeply saddened with the loss of our friend and brother Koa, one who I would be unable to find another with an unkind word towards him, I know that Koa is now with God in heaven; his pains have been comforted, and his burdens have been lifted.
“(38) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, (39) neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“(27) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (28) I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (29) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. (30) I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30)
I pray that the Holy Spirit may comfort his family that is hurting, and give the strength they need to get through this terrible time of grief and uncertainty. Lord comfort and give guidance to Koa’s many friends, fellow deputies, and police officers as they grieve and remember their loved brother. Give them also the humility and strength they need to seek the comfort of others in difficult times, and to know that God is always with them always.
Koa, you were loved by many and will greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know and work alongside of you.
Rest in peace my brother.