Watch Replay: Officer Nathan Heidelberg’s Memorial Service

Watch Replay: Officer Nathan Heidelberg’s Memorial Service


FAR SHORTER THAN WE PLANNED OR HOPED FOR. AS WE BEGIN OUR JOURNEY TODAY, MAY I ASK A VERY 21st CENTURY FROM YOU? WOULD YOU KINDLY CHECK YOUR CELL PHONE TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SET TO SILENT OR YOUR RADIO? THAT WILL ALLOW OUR TIME TO READ WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. HAYDEN GREW UP IN MIDLAND AND GRADUATED FROM MIDLAND IN 2009. HE GRADUATED MIDLAND COLLEGE LATER GRADUATED WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN BIOLOGY. HAYDEN GRADUATED FROM THE POLICE ACADEMY IN 2014. HE WAS A POLICE OFFICERS WITH THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR FIVE YEARS. HAYDEN PLAYED SOCCER, ICE HOCKEY, ENJOYED SNOW SKIING AND WAS A MME FIGHTER. HE LOVED SPENDING TIME WITH KIDS ESPECIALLY HIS NIECE, NEPHEWS AND COUSINS. HE ALWAYS MADE TIME FOR THE KIDS AND THEY LOOKED UP FOR HIM. NO ONE WAS A BETTER FRIEND THAN HAYDEN. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE AND ALWAYS KEPT HIS WORD. PATIENCE AND INTEGRITY WERE TWO OF HIS MANY OUTSTANDING VIRTUES. OFFICER AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY WHICH HE GREW UP. HAYDEN HAD FRIENDS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. HIS SMILE WAS CONTAGIOUS AND HE WAS RARELY SEEN WITHOUT IT. HIS FAMILY WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO HIM, AND THEY ALL CHERISHED THEIR TIME TOGETHER. HAYDEN WAS THE BEST SON TWO PARENT COST ASK FOR. A LOVING BROTHER, NEPHEW, COUSIN, AND UNCLE. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL. HE IS SURVIVED TODAY BY HIS MOTHER AND FATHER, THREE SISTERS AMY AND HUSBAND CHRIS, MOLLY JAMES AND HUSBAND RICHARD OF CONROE AND HIDEY McSHAN OF CONROE, NIECES AND NEPHEWS AND NUMEROUS AUNTS, UNCLES, AND JOIN ME IN A BRIEF WORD OF PRAYER. OUR HEARTS ARE HEAVY TODAY, LORD JESUS. WE WOULD BE LYING IF WE SAID ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT. WE ACKNOWLEDGE TODAY THAT WE HAVE LOST SOMETHING. WE THANK YOU,ORD JESUS, WE PASSIONATELY, SELFLESSLY, SACKLESSLY. WE THANK YOU, LORD JESUS, THAT YOU LOANED HIM TO US. THE TRUTH IS, LORD JESUS, HE WAS ALWAYS ON LOAN. NOW, LORD, YOU CALLED HIM HOME. WE GRIEVE, LORD JESUS, BUT IT IS FOR OURSELVES THAT WE GRIEVE. WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD MEET WITH US IN THIS TIME. THAT YOU WOULD GRANT MERCY, KINDNESS, AND GRACE AND THAT YOU WOULD HELP US TO KNOW YOUR STRENGTH, NOT JUST FOR THIS MOMENT BUT FOR THE DAYS THAT LIE AHEAD. ♪ AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND ♪ ♪ THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME ♪ ♪ I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW AM FOUND ♪ ♪ TWAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE ♪ ♪ TWAS GRACE THAT TAUGHT MY HEART TO FEAR ♪ ♪ AND GRACE MY FEARS RELIEVED ♪ ♪ HOW PRECIOUS DID THAT GRACE APPEAR ♪ ♪ THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED ♪ ♪ PRECIOUS MEMORIES ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ YOU MAY BE SEATED. GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM MARK HENRY DETMAN AND I AM TO THE SWEARING IN OF NEW POLICE OFFICERS. AND WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR BADGE PINNED ON AND THEY BECOME THE MORE OF THOSEI GO TO, I HAVE TO ADMIT THE MORE YOUNGER AND YOUNGER OUR OFFICERS LOOK. THOSE ARE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN I FIRST MET NATHAN HEIDELBERG. AND LIKE THE REST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, I WOULD SEE HIM AS TIME GOES ON, AND I WATCH THE GO AND PROGRESS THROUGH THEIR CAREER, AND NATHAN WAS ONE OF THOSE. I WOULD SEE HIM MOST OF THE TIME AT THE COURTHOUSE, SOMETIMES OTHER PLACES AND SHAKE HANDS AND WE WOULD EXCHANGE PLEASANTRIES. HE WAS ALWAYS PLITE, ALWAYS KIND AND, OBVIOUSLY, HE WAS RAISED RIGHT. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I NOTICED ABOUT HIM EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT I SAW HIM IS THATE LOVED BEING POLICE OFFICER. HE HAD THE PASSION, AND IT WAS IN HIS HEART AND HE LOVED WHAT HE WAS DOING. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS LAST TUESDAY HIS TIME AS A POLICE OFFICER I DON’T HAVE THOSE WORDS, BUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR DOES HAVE THOSE WORDS FOR US. AND WHEN I WAS THINKING ABOUT TODAY, I WAS THINKING ABOUT A THE 14th CHAPTER. AND THE OCCASION FOR THIS WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE OUR LORD’S CRUCIFIXION. HE HAD FINISHED THELAST SUPPER WITH HIS DISCIPLES. HE INFORMED THEM THAT HE WOULD NOT BE WITH THEM MUCH LONGER, AND THEY WERE VERY TROUBLED AND THEY WERE HURTING. AND HE TOLD THEM THIS. LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED. BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF. THAT WHERE I AM, THEE YOU MAY ALSO BE. AND WHERE I GO YOU KNOW AND THE WAY YOU KNOW. AND HE THEN THOMAS THE DISCIPLE SAID TO HIM, LORD, WE DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING AND HOW CAN WE KNOW THE WAY? AND JESUS ANSWERED HIM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME. NATHAN KNEW JESUS. WHEN I VISITED WITH NATHAN’S MOM AND DAD THE OTHER DAY, THEY TOLD ME ABOUT HIS BAPTISM, AND I KNOW HIS FATE AND I KNOW HIS HEART, I KNOW HIS LOVE FOR JESUS. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I KNOW WHERE NATHAN IS TODAY. HE IS IN THAT HEAVENLY KINGDOM THAT JESUS JUST DESCRIBED. THE NEW TESTAMENT WAS WRITTEN IN GREEK AND I’M NOT VERY GOOD AT GREEK AND SOMETIMES WORDS DON’T TRANSLATE WELL, BUT I LIKE WHEN JESUS TELLS HIS DISCIPLES, IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY MANSIONS. ANOTHER INTERPRETATION SAYS IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY ABIDING PLACES, AND I LIKE BOTH OF THOSE. JESUS KNEW WHAT HEAVEN WAS LIKE. THERE ARE NOT WORDS TO DESCRIBE HEAVEN, THE GLORY AND THE WONDER THAT IS IN HEAVEN. BUT MANSION IS THE BEST HOUSE THAT WE CAN THINK OF, AND I LIKE ABIDING PLACES, TOO, BECAUSE THAT TELLS ME THAT THAT’S A PLACE FULL OF LOVE AND COMFORT. AND THAT’S WHERE NATHAN IS TODAY. AT THIS VERY MOMENT HE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. A PLACE WHERE THERE’S NO HURTING. A PLACE WHERE THERE’S NO SICKNESS. A PLACE WHERE THERE IS EVERLASTING LIFE AND LOVE. AND FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US WHO HAVE PROFESSED OUR FAITH IN JESUS AND WHO HAVE ACCEPTED HIM AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, HE HAS AND WHEN THAT DAY CMES, HAT WILL BE FOR ETERNITY. I HOPE THAT THAT PROMISE OF JESUS PROVIDES YOU SOME COMFORT THIS DAY, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, TO KNOW THAT HE IS IN A PLACE THAT WE WILL SEE AGAIN AND BE TOGETHER FOREVER. THANKS BE TO GOD. MOMENT, I WOULD LIKE TO READ SOMETHING. IT IS WITH THE UTMOSTSORROW THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING OF OUR FAMILY MEMBER. OFFICER NATHAN HEIDELBERG REPRESENTED THE BEST IN ALL OF US. HE WAS COURAGEOUS, SELFLESS, WHO DEVOTED EVERY OUNCE OF ENERGY TO HIS PROFESSION, THE CITIZENS, AND HIS FELLOW OFFICERS. WE HAVE LOST NOT ONLY A GREAT OFFICER, BUT A LOVING BROTHER, AND THE MOST POSITIVE EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO BE. I WISH THAT I COULD BE MORE LIKE NATHAN. I WROTE THESE WORDS ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER THE PASSING OF NATHAN. I WROTE THEM AT THE REQUEST OF OUR PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER. THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER I HAVE TO ADMIT TO EVERYONE HERE THAT I CAN’T EVEN RECALL WHAT I WROTE. AT THAT TIME I WAS EMOTIONALLY AN PHYSICALLY DRAINED. I HAD NO WORDS. IN RETROSPECT I BELIEVE IT ONLY TOOK ME PROBABLY TWO TO FIVE MINUTES TO WRITE IT. I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE WEREN’T MORE SPELLING ERRORS TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. AFTER A FEW MOMENTS OF SIMPLY TYPING AND READING OVER IT ONE TIME TO MAKE SURE THAT IT DIDN’T APPEAR AS HOUGH AN INTOXICATED DRAFT AND REALIZED IF I HAD MORE TIME AND BEEN MORE COHERENT I LIKELY COULD HAVE WRITTEN SOMETHING MORE POETIC AND ORE VERBOSE AS MOST PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM THAT HAVE WORKED WITH ME KNOW IM PRONE TO THAT, EVEN THOUGH THEYDON’T KNOW WHAT VERBOSE MEANS. I PROBABLY WOULD HAV USED SOME FANCY WORDS THAT A THESAURUS WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO DEFINE, BUT IN ALL HONESTY I TRULY BELIEVE WHAT I WROTE WAS IN MY HEART AND STILL IS. AND WHETHER IT WAS DEVINE INTERVENTION, THE VOICE OF GOD, IT IS TRUE AND IT ENCAPSULATES EVERYTHING THAT I BELIEVE I FIRST MET HAYDEN WHEN HE BEGAN THE POLICE ACADEMY IN 2014. AT THAT TIME I WAS SERVING AS ONE OF THE INSTR INSTRUCTORS INTERMITTENTLY. BELIEVE IT OR NOT I WAS TEACHING ETHICS. WHAT DREW ME TO HIM WAS THE INFECTIOUS SMILE HE HAD EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY SINGLE DAY. HE WAS THE MOST RESPECTFUL YOUNG MAN I BELIEVE I HAVE EVER MET, AND I ATTRIBUTE THAT TO MRS. AND MRS. HEIDELBERG. I REALIZED AFTER THE ACADEMY AND AFTER GETTING TONOW HAYDEN A LITTLE BETTER THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE THAT DREW ME TO HIM. WE WERE KINDRED SPIRITS IN A LOT OF WAYS. WELL OVER SIX FEET TALL, 240 POUNDS, JUST A MOUNTAIN OF MUSCLE. I, BEING 5’5″, 180-ISH POUNDS FELT THE BURDEN THAT HE CARRIED AS WE BOTH DID REALIZING PEOPLE THOUGHT OF US AS SUPER HEROES. MEN OFTEN CAME UP TO US WANTING TO CHALLENGE US. WOMEN SIMPLY WANTING TO TALK TO US. NEXT, I REALIZED THAT WE HAD A SIMILARITY AS FAR AS MUSIC IS CONCERNED. I AM ABLE TO, AND I MUST SPEAK HIGHLY OF MYSELF, BELT OUT A RENDITION OF “AMARILLO BY MORNING USING SPOONS AND A BOX THAT WOULD BRING YOU TO TEARS. IT HAS MY WIFE ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. AND THEN THERE WAS INTELLECT. ADMITTED INTO ONE OF UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST AUSPICIOUS COLLEGES IN THIS COUNTRY, I LIKE TO CALL THE HARVARD OF WEST TEXAS. NATHAN, AS YOU ALREADY HEARD, CHOSE A PATH IN THE SCIENCES, BIOLOGY, AS A MATTER OF FACT. THE TRUE SCIENCE. THE STUDY OF MAN AND ANIMAL AND SPECIES OF PLANTS. A SCIENCE THAT ALL OTHER SCIENCES MERGE FROM. I, LIKE NATHAN, CHOSE APPLIED SCIENCE. IT TOOK ME A ARDUOUS FIVE YEARS TO CRAM IN A TWO-YEAR DEGREE IN HORSESHOING OR FERRIER TECHNOLOGY IN THE SCIENCES. AS I IMAGINE PEOPLE REVERE JUST AS MUCH AS ASTRO PHYSICS. AND THEN, OF COURSE, HAYDEN AND I SHARED A LOVE OF PEOPLE. HAYDEN WAS ALWAYS QUICK WITH A SMILE AND A WARM GREETING. HE MAINTAINED SELF-COMPOSURE WHEN FACED WITH THOSE WHO WOULD DO HIM HARM. NEVER ACTING OUT OF FEAR, EGO. HE WAS KIND AND GENTLE TO ALL, AND LIKE HAYDEN, I AM NOTHING LIKE HAYDEN IN THAT RESPECT. I’M AFRAID THAT THIS IS WHERE OUR SIMILARITIES END. YOU SEE, AS MUCH AS I TRY, I WILL NEVER BE AS GOOD A MAN AS HAYDEN. HE WAS A WARRIOR IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. YOU NO COMFORT IN THIS TIME OF SORROW. I CAN’T EVEN COMFORT MYSELF. I CAN GIVE YOU NO WORDS OF SOLACE. I CAN DO NOTHING TO TAKE THIS PAIN BECAUSE IF I COULD, I WOULD. THE ONLY WAY I GET THROUGH THIS IS BELIEVING IN MY HEART THAT LIKE THE MIDLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT, HEAVEN IS SHORT ON GOOD PATROLMEN. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST. EVERYONE THAT MET HAYDEN HAS A STORY TO TELL ABOUT HIM. HE TOUCHED US ALL THAT WAY. I HAVE JUST A COUPLE THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY. BEFORE HE WAS A COP, HAYDEN USED TO WORK AT ROCKIN’ RODEO. AFTER HE GOT HIS BADGE HE STILL WENT BACK AND WORKED THERE OFF-DUTY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF STORIES FROM EACH OF THOSE TIMES. WHEN HE WAS WORKING AT ROCKIN’ RODEO AS A BAR BACK HEOT TO KNOW A BUNCH OF OFFICERS THAT WORKED OFF-DUTY THERE. AND ON ONE PARTICUAR DAY BLAKE AND A FEW OTHERS GOT INTO A LITTLE FIGHT WITH A GUY THAT HAD TOO MANY TO DRINK. HAYDEN TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP ON THE GUY’S BACK AND PRACTICE HIS VASCULAR NECK AND STRENGTH NECK OR AS WE REFER TO “THE CHICKEN.” THIS LAST WEEKEND HAYDEN WAS BACK WORKING THERE THIS TIME AS COP AND, OF COURSE, ANOTHER FIGHT BREAKS OUT. JULIO WAS WORKING THERE, PUTTING ONE PERSON IN CUFFS KNOWING IT WAS SAFE TO DO SO BECAUSE HAYDEN HAD HIS BACK. WHEN IT WA DONE, HAYDEN LOOKED AT JULIO AND SAID DANG, BRO, WHEN YOU WERE FIGHTING THAT GUY I WAS STANDING OVER YOU WISHING SOMEONE ELSE WOULD COME TO FIGHT, TOO. BUT DON’T THINK THAT HAYDEN WAS GOING TO STAND BY AND JUST WATCH POLICE WORK GET DONE. RYAN SHARED WITH ME THIS STORY. OFFICER HEIDELBERG WAS THE FIRST OFFICER TO WELCOME ME TO NIGHT SHIFT AND CONGRATULATE ME FOR MAKING IT OUT O THE PPO PROGRAM. I HAD ONLY MET HAYDEN IN PASSING BECAUSE MY STO WAS ONED SQUAD. IN THE PROGRAM I WAS ONLY ON THAT SQUAD FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I DIDN’T SEE MUCH OF HIM BECAUSE WE WERE ON DIFFERENT SIDES OF TOWN. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE HAD MY PHONE NUMBER, BUT WEN I GOT PUT ON THAT SQUAD, HE CALLED ME AND HE OFFERED TO BE THERE FOR ME AND HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO DO SO. SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER THAT I GOT INTO MY VERY FIRST FIGHT. THE SUSPECT FIRST TRIED TO RUN AND ALL I COULD DO WAS CALL OUT ON THE RADIO, GOT ONE RUNNING EASTBOUND. THEN WE WERE IN A YARD. DURING THE SCUFFLE, THE SUSPECT ENDED UP TRIPPING. I JUMPED ON HIS BACK, AND I HELD OF HIS CAR AND STARTS RUNNING. I CALLED TO HIM SO HE KNEW WHERE I WAS AT. HE SPRINTS UP TO ME AND WE GET THE GUY IN HANDCFS. THAT WAS HAYDEN. THE MAN WHO EXTENDED A HAND TO FRIENDSHIP TO THE NEW GUYS AND THE MAN THATDOVE HEAD FIRST WHEN ANYONE NEEDED HELP. WE HAV ANOTHER BLAKE, AND HE SHARED THIS STORY WITH US. IN JANUARY OF 2018 ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND BROKE UP FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASONS, MOSTLY OUT OF STUBBORNNESS. WELL, WE DIDN’T TALK FOR A WHILE AFTER WE BROKE UP, AND WE BOTH WANTED TO BUT LIKE I SAID, WE WERE BOTH STUBBORN. IN MARCH OF THAT YEAR I GOT HURT FIGHTING A GUY IN A HOUSE, AND I ENDED UP WITH A REALLY BAD CONCUSSION. HEIDELBERG CALLED MERCEDES MY EX-GIRLFRIEND AT THE TIME AND TOLD HER I GOT HURT. RESPECTED ME AS A BRAND NEW OFFICER. LONG STORY SHORT, WE STARTED TALKING AGAIN AND NOW WE ARE HAPPILY MARRIED. I CREDIT EVERYTHING TO HEIDELBERG FOR LETTING ME HAVE MY TRUE LOVE BACK. ANY OF US THAT KNOW HAYDEN HAVE ONE OR TWO THINGS THAT ALWAYS STAND OUT ABOUT HIM. BLACK WOOL BEANIE THAT HE WORE THROUGH THE WINTERTIME. BY THIS LAST WINTER THAT HAT HAD SEEN ITS BEST DAYS. HE HAD WASHED IT AND WORKED IN IT. IT WASN’T BACK ANYMORE. HAYDEN THOUGHT IT WAS BLACK. EVERYBODY ELSE DISAGREED. ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, HE FINALLY REED THAT IT WAS NO LONGER BLACK AND DECIDED WE WERE GOING TO DYE THAT BLACK AGAIN. SO WE GOT ONLINE RIGHT IN THE BRIEFING ROOM TO SEARCH OUT SOME BLACK WOOL DYE. NOW, WE DIDN’T DO THIS ON HIS CELL PHONE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW HIS CELL PHONE. HE STARTED READINGS OVER THE INSTRUCTIONAND DECIDED THAT WAS TOO MUCH OF A MESS AND HE JUST STAYED WITH A GREEN BEANIE AND SAID IT WOULD BE OKAY. AGAIN, WE DIDN’T MAKE THAT SEARCH ON HIS CELL PHONE. THE ENTIRE TIME THAT I KNEW HIM, HAYDEN CARRIED THAT FLIP PHONE WITH HIM. WE WERE IN A FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TOGETHER AND WE ALWAYS HAD A GROUP TEXT GOING DURING IT. IT TAKES A WHILE. THIS STORY IS ABOUT HAYDEN LEARNING SPANISH. IT WAS A LOST CAUSE BECAUSE HE WAS ONLY ABLE TO LEARN ONE WORD REALLY WELL AND IT WAS THE WORD WAY. I DON’T REALLY KNOW THAT WORD BUT I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE. BUILDING. ABOUT A YEAR LATER ZERO GOT INTO A FIGHT WITH A GUY AND HAYDEN SHOWED UP. HE WAS OUT OF BREATH AND BREATHING HARD AND HAYDEN WALKED UP AND PUT HIS HAND ON HIS SHOULDER AND SAID ARE YOU OKAY WAY? AS I WAS TALKING WITH HAYDEN’S FAMILY YESTERDAY WE SHARED

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