Tragedy hits close to home

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KIMT News 3 – A simple message can go a long way.

“I guess the text that I got from his is that he just wanted me to know that he loved me and things are pretty tough down there today in Des Moines area, they’ll get through it,” Dave Hepperly, Chief Deputy with Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office said.

The moment Hepperly got a text from his son Greg Wednesday morning he took a sigh of relief. Greg, a former Worth County deputy, now works nights at the Norwalk police department.

“We’re relieved knowing our son Greg, metro officer down there, wasn’t working last night,” Hepperly said.

“Shortly after it happened I was heartbroken, sick to my stomach. Knowing the possibility that I probably knew both officers that were victimized last night,” said Captain Mike Colby with Clear Lake PD.

Captain. Colby just transferred to Clear Lake after 15 years with the Clive Police Department.  He has patrolled the streets in downtown Des Moines, working side by side with the men and women trying to process Wednesday’s news.

“It’s disbelief, a lot of officers down there are still in the mode of solving the case, finding answers, they’ve had to put their emotions aside to do their job, which they do very well down there,” Colby said.

His phone has been ringing off the hook since 1:30 this morning.  He’s spent hours making sure his friends are ok, including a Clear Lake officer who was patrolling with Des Moines PD moments before the shootings.

This day, Colby is reminding himself why he does this job.

“Whether you know the officers in other jurisdictions around, there’s a brotherhood there and obviously we all want to help each other, make sure we all go home to our families, spouses, and friends.  When situations like this happen it just tears at you,” Colby said.

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