GOODBYE, TROOPER STOKES:
I only met Dave a couple months ago when he was a "student" trooper in my car at the Precision Drive Track, where he was learning to become a driving instructor. I spent many hours with him in that training patrol car, and we had some interesting conversations, some of them spiritual conversations. And just last week I worked with him again as he instructed his first group of "student" officers and troopers. He brought such a fun attitude and sense of humor to the group.
When I received a text message early Friday morning that Dave died, I wept bitterly for quite a while. I didn't simply cry. I wept. My heart hurt for him. I pleaded with God over and over again, "Please have mercy on him! Please have mercy!" No other words would come to my head. My prayers were simply for God's mercy.
Dave, you will be sadly missed by many. I pray for your wife, children, mother, father, siblings, and comrades.
Goodbye, Dave. Goodbye.
at 5:34 AM