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Beloved Michigan Cop was on vacation. COVID made it its last.
Photo illustration by The Daily Beast / MSP Michigan State Police First District Trooper Herman Brown was sometimes actually thanked by people he arrested. Sharon McCarthy, testified. That included people who were their wildest or worst selves when Brown walked on the scene. “You’re acting silly,” he told them. “Calm down.” Then he gave a confirmation. “You’re still a good person,” he said, his words matching his voice and behavior. A QAnon-curious mom helped lead Michigan back to COVID Hell after nearly 28 years. As a “street dog” patrolling Counties Monroe and Lenawee in a radio-controlled car, he still chooses to see the best of his fellow human beings . “He made people feel special,” McCarthy said best day, “she told The Daily Beast. “And he’s never judged them by the five- or ten-minute interactions we have with people.” Leaflet He still loved his job too. He would start every tour with a standard gear to the dispatcher. “This is unit 1414. I will put into service … and I will get a mighty bite out of the crime.” Along with the other standard gear, Brown would do this at this time of COVID-19, he has a mask. He took all recommended precautions, McCarthy said. In an October ruling over a lawsuit by the GOP-dominated Michigan legislature, the state’s Supreme Court overturned Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s mask mandate, but the state Department of Health’s mask order remains in place but is unenforceable under the Seat Belt Act that allows you to enter Can get ticket from a state soldier. Too many people in Michigan have been too careless even as variants began circulating Proof of this: a surge in new COVID-19 since early March, the state now leading the country in per capita cases. Brown seemed like a good time to take a two-week vacation to Florida with his girlfriend. But he was either already infected with COVID-19 or c Something down there where Governor Ron DeSantis is not enforcing any rules. Brown did not tell his comrades at 14 Monroe Post that he had gotten sick. “He was still texting and pretending he was still on vacation,” McCarthy said. “He didn’t want us to worry,” the friend called his coworkers in mid-March to say that Brown was on a ventilator in a Florida hospital. His radio car was still parked where he’d left it on vacation, and it seemed impossible that he wasn’t going to be okay. He couldn’t see any visitors, but McCarthy assumed she was going to Florida and handing in a soldier teddy bear. “I knew I couldn’t see him,” she said later. A call from Brown’s friend back home, “As soon as I said hello, I could hear her crying, so I knew,” McCarthy recalled. The news hit the other soldiers as well as any family who lost an irreplaceable loved one. Lots of grown men cry, ”McCarthy later said. “I think more than just a woman.” She comforted herself with the thought that Brown had known how they all felt about him. “You couldn’t help but love him,” she said. And so they didn’t imagine losing a colleague. “As a police officer, you expect something job-related,” she said. “They’re injured or killed at work.” Here was another type of threat – one that, despite vaccines and a year of lockdown and misery, hasn’t even gone away. Hands and never turn your back, ”McCarthy said. “This is something you cannot defend yourself against.” Despite all the precautions they had all taken, the best of them had fallen. “We know how careful we were,” she said. “And it was just a reminder that this invisible enemy was out there. If it gets you, it gets you. «That was certain. Even so, there were so many unknowns: “I don’t think we’ll ever find out,” said McCarthy. “I don’t think we’ll ever really know where or how or why this happened.” In the unreality of the loss, McCarthy remembered what made Brown so special. “There will never be a Trooper Brown again,” she said. “Whenever he got to the scene, you expected things to calm down and be handled properly. Nothing surprised him … even if someone was walking around screaming and screaming. “New York’s ‘mystery’ surge in COVID cases kills experts. She said Brown often kept in touch with young people he arrested and helped them make better decisions than they were,” she said. “He did that in his spare time.” But a child didn’t have to worry to get Brown’s attention. A 6-year-old boy invited Brown – a former Marine – to attend his school on Veterans Day and the Soldier stayed all morning, attended classes, and walked the halls with his enthusiastic host. He attended the meeting where he stood in the stands with the children during the pledge of allegiance. One photo shows him huge and in uniform, but with a smile that obviously calms the young people around. “It really was him,” said McCarthy. He was also what McCarthy called “a great man who loved to bake”. His specialty was his grandmother’s chocolate pound cake. “We’d always ask for the recipe and he’d say, ‘You know what, I forgot as soon as I made it,'” McCarthy recalled. “We were hoping he could retire [finally give it up]He had passed the 25-year mark so he could have retired at any time, but he stuck to it. They had to go on without him now, and McCarthy was on patrol the day after Brown’s death when a woman driving with a boy lowered her window. “They said they knew Trooper Brown and expressed their condolences,” she said, crying, which uniformed sergeants shouldn’t do at the wheel of their radio car. “I put my sunglasses on,” she told The Daily Beast. She and her colleagues will continue to patrol as the virus surges in Michigan by 8,413 new cases were reported on Saturday. The number of hospital stays exceeded 2,700, more than twice as many when Brown went on vacation. McCarthy estimates they may never know if Brown took the COVID-19 or caught it in Florida. What they do know is that his radio car is still where he left it. “We’re waiting for him to come back,” she said. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories to your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.