Yesterday was a very emotional day, not just for me personally, but for Devonnia's family, our Service, and this Community. I was able to muster up a few words yesterday, but Devonnia deserves much more than that.
Devonnia was one for the most important people in my life. She shared the same passion that I did, however, wasn't afraid to disagree. She was no "yes woman" and I love that about her. It's what I needed. She was exactly who I needed. She was the one person who knew how to continually keep me grounded. The one person who knew exactly what I was thinking based of my mannerisms, and she knew exactly what to with them. Devonnia understood what it took to be a selfless leader, and flourished in that department. She carried our crews through everything they needed, and more. Devonnia was the person I depended on 24 hours a day. We both brought our work home, and its because we had the same passion and visions of what we, and the Service needed. She was a joyful soul who could light up a room without trying. She made a presence without speaking, she made an impact without trying. I took her soul for granted because of everything she was capable of, and made it look easy. I am forever apologetic. I cherished her, her children, and respect the world out of her Husband; He is a stronger man than I. Devonnia's mother and father are genuine souls, and raised her beautifully. Her brother is a best friend, and a brother to me as well. I would've taken a bullet for her. I would give anything to trade places, because the world, and this community, deserve her much more.
Devonnia, you will NEVER be replaced. Your number is forever yours and has been retired in the confines of this department. I will always cherish what we have built and succeeded in. None of it would have happened how is has without you. We will carry you with us everyday. You will be with me everyday. The amount of respect and love I have for you could never be explained. We didn't deserve you, but we are all better people because of you.
Chief Oleck 9101
You are our 9102 Forever
Tonight, I lost one of the most important people in my life. We as a service lost our foundation. The one who held everything together. The biggest unsung hero of Scott County EMS. You have been my right hand, my right leg, and my right brain for the last 4+ years. You’ve been the one alongside me the entire way. I am forever indebted. You were my support. You are the one person who stood by me every step of the way. You believed in everything we did. We love you. I love you. You are forever our 9102.
Chief Oleck - 9101