It was cold, but no day is good for one but this day was tougher. I lost a cousin 4 years my junior. They found him at home on Christmas Eve when they went to check on him because they couldn't get in touch him. The Medical Examiner figured he had passed away a few days earlier. Our family is close and always has been, it was a somber Christmas for our family. He was an MP in the Marines, a Wisconsin State Patrol Officer, a West Allis Policeman, and a VFW member. His VFW Post was there in force and paid a tribute to him before the Mass, saluting their downed comrade showing a lot of respect. He spent his life serving and protecting us, for that I say Thank You. Rest In Peace Mike, and God's speed.