|My Dear Friend - Terry Marvin|
I received a phone call the other morning at 5:00 am advising me that my dear friend and 28-year veteran of law enforcement, Terry Marvin had died of a heroin overdose. Of course the cop in me kicked in and I went straight to denial and then I started making phone calls to confirm his death knowing all the while it was true because that’s how addiction works. I’ve seen much negative press written about Terry’s death which is being used from my perception as political fodder to further the agendas of others. I wanted to tell you about Terry and what he meant to me.
Those of you that know me know I’m a pretty blunt person and not politically correct because it’s not who I am. That being said, let’s get it out on the table, cut through the crap and call it for what it is; no need to sugarcoat it because addiction when left untreated usually results in jails, institutions and death!!!
Terry, like myself, was not without fault. Yes, he got into trouble while on the job. Yes, he got a DUI and there were probably other things that went on I have no idea about. I know through my own addiction and dealings with other human beings that many of us have a lot of “baggage” in our closets we keep hidden. Although it’s human nature, our secrets keep us sick. Having said that, who the hell am I to judge his life because I too, am an addict and know I am only one step away from his fate.