Thursday, September 22, 2011

Words That Don't Usually Go Together

I'm really not used to seeing the words "car bomb" and some US city in the same sentence.  So, I had to do a double take when I read recent headlines claiming a car bomb in Monroe, MI injured a father and his two sons.

Based on what I have read, it appears that the victims were a lawyer, Erik Chappell, and his 11 and 13 year old sons.  The device appears to have been placed in the front center of the car, for maximum effect.  While it appears that Mr. Chappell has been released from the hospital, I don't believe his sons have.  From the reports I have read, the sons are in stable condition and in good spirits.

Truth be told, I don't see my job as being a dangerous job.  There are other jobs that are a lot more dangerous than mine.  Of course, having a "safe" job also depends on assuming everyone around me will behave.  That's something that cannot be guaranteed.

The lesson I take from this incident is that, whether I have a dangerous job or not, it always pays to be alert, aware, and prepared.  I don't know if this attorney could have done anything different to avoid/prepare for this.  Based only on the information I have, I doubt it.  I do know that his habits will be different going forward.  Something like this is profoundly life changing.  My prayers go out for swift physical and emotional healing, for wisdom for investigators, and for justice.

And while I also continue to pray for safety for my family and me, I'll also do my part and work to be prepared.


Old NFO said...

I heard tonight that it 'appears' one of his clients is under suspicion...

TOTWTYTR said...

Crazy people do crazy things, and it's hard, if not impossible to prepare for that.

No surprise that it's a disgruntled client the police suspect.

Anonymous said...

My dad was a labor lawyer and had lots of dealings with the Teamster"s Union being on the other side of the table. I thought he was just being a cool dad when he would "let" me go out and start the car for him.