An airline pilot departing from Denver for Nashville on Tuesday paid tribute to deceased officer Eric Talley and “nine other angels” who were killed by a gunman this week.
Chad Andrews dedicated the theft to the 10 people who died in Monday’s murderous rampage at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. He commented on the tragedy in an announcement to passengers and flight crew just before takeoff.
“Yesterday we had a tragedy near our home right here in Boulder, Colorado,” he said, according to his Twitter post. “Ten people lost their lives. One of them was Boulder Constable Eric Talley. I learned today that Agent Talley wanted to be a pilot, but was unable to make that dream come true.
“Therefore, I dedicate tonight’s take-off and flight to Officer Talley to help this ‘dream’ take flight,” he continued. “Tonight we will not only be helped by the tailwinds, but also by Officer Talley and nine other angels who will lead us east to Nashville. God speed and thank you.
After the robbery, Andrews tweeted that it was a “beautiful robbery” and “humiliating” to have thought of Talley and the other victims along the way. Andrews did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Talley was the first officer to respond to the chaotic grocery store scene. The father of seven left a lucrative IT job to become a police officer in 2010 at the age of 40. When he died, his colleagues remembered him as a hero.
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His fellow officers and residents paid tribute to him on Wednesday as the Boulder Police Department led a procession to transfer his body from the coroner’s office to a funeral home in Aurora.
The alleged shooter is expected to appear in court on Thursday. He is charged with 10 counts of murder.