URBANDALE – It wasn’t just friends and family who honored the fallen officers ambushed a year ago. Neighbors in the area and community members paid their respects on Thursday as well.
“Every time I go past there, it’s just a constant reminder of what happened and I kind of stop and I’ll usually pray for Justin Martin’s Family and I’ll pray for Anthony Beminio’s family,” said Martha Boese. She walks by the intersection where one of the officers was gunned down every day.
Others who live nearby try to avoid this spot.
“It’s just like a wound where there’s a scab, when you come by here it’s just like the scab or the wound reopens or it just gets pulled off each and every time,” said one woman.
But they are making an exception this anniversary, say it is important to say a prayer for the fallen.
At Merle Hay and Sheridan in Des Moines, flowers and flags sit where Des Moines Police Sgt. Tony Beminio was killed. One couple who lives nearby will never forget that day.
“As soon as they opened the streets back up, they started coming, we had a lot of traffic, a lot. By nightfall, there was a pile of flowers up there at the corner,” said Max Asman.
That outpouring of support is still visible now – especially on this somber anniversary.
“Thank you U.P.D, we love you, just kind of letting them know that, hey, here’s some kids out here that we recognize you, we see your sacrifice, we see your hard work, we’re not going to forget,” said Heather Reed, who runs a youth group with elementary-age kids in Urbandale. She put up signs students made for the officers. “We get to teach our young children to look up to the officer to honor them, to remember them, that gives me hope.”
People across the metro also say their thoughts and prayer are with both the Des Moines and Urbandale police departments – and that they support them now more than ever, as they continue to cope with this tragic loss.