TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Friday marked the three year anniversary of the shooting death of Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Long.
It’s not easy losing a friend, a family member or a loved one and people can tell you.it will get better with time.
But, as time passes, you start to wonder will people remember?
K-9 Sergeant Todd Haller said the memory of Officer Long will never weaken amongst his brothers – the memories will only grow stronger.
July 11, 2011: A day many will never forget.
Sgt. Haller was with Officer Long just before he hit the streets.
“I think that day I had just given roll call and sent Brent out and we were in the squad room talking about issues when he said he was going to go do that warrant on north 8th street,” Haller explained. “And shortly there after we heard the radio call and everyone responded.”
A scene that quickly changed many lives and took the life of one of Terre Haute’s finest, K-9 Officer Brent Long.
“When you here that call it’s like a sudden adrenaline spike and you just react… there’s not much control you just go,” Haller continued. “You’re not really thinking about things until you get in your car and you’re driving there and that’s when the wheels start turning.”
Long was attempting to serve a felony warrant on Sean Seely. Seely also died in the exchange. Long’s K-9 partner, Shadow, was shot and injured in the incident.
Three years later the pain still lingers and the memories never die.
“I can speak personally the first thing I though of this morning was Brent when I woke up because when you look at the date on the calendar you never forget,” Haller stated. “Looking back that day, it never stopped. Once you stepped into that uniform, that day it seemed like you never stepped out of it. And it was just forever.”