February 5, 2009
On behalf of the St. John family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Columbus for the tremendous support they have shown me and my family during this time of sorrow. My mother would have been proud to see the number of cards and flowers we received after her death. It was an incredible outpouring of love and concern. It was one of the most heartwarming experiences we have ever felt.
I knew when I moved to Columbus over 18 months ago that this was a special place. After witnessing the love from this community over the past year and a half, I know I was right. This community has never disappointed me and only exceeded my expectations. The past several months has proven that without a doubt.
I would like to take this time to thank Mayor Smith, City Council and the employees of Columbus for their special concern. The flowers and support were wonderful assistance. Mayor Smith''s attendance at my mothers'' funeral was uplifting to my family and showed an extra personal touch that made my family feel an extra measure of love.
The entire community showed such caring that words cannot truly show me and my family''s real emotions. The cards, letters, phone calls and texts made this sad time bearable. I will never forget the feeling of love I felt during this difficult time!
Last but not least, I would like to thank the Columbus Police Department and The Columbus Police Reserves. What a department! Never has a chief been given so much. Jeff Guyton and Keith Worshaim''s attendance was an incredible experience for my family.
Along with the Mayor''s attendance, they were stunned that the City of Columbus would show such respect. It was one of the most incredible experiences of our entire lives. I also want to thank those officers who wanted to attend but could not.
I want to publicly tell each and every police employee I love them for their support. The CPD showed such great love to my family. It will never be forgotten.
Once again, I and my family want to thank this entire community. The love and support we felt made this sad and hurtful time a little less so. Columbus is a wonderful place and I feel privileged to live and serve this unbelievable community.
Joseph B. St. John
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