Police officer prepares for Iraq mission

April 24, 2008 8:42:38 PM PDT
His friends came together to send him off with love. He's a Waterford Township police officer, and soon he'll be a soldier in Iraq. While people flowed into the Assumption Church Hall, Waterford Sgt. David D'Amico made the call. A woman was in distress. But, there was no woman in trouble. It was a ploy.

Instead, 200 people were waiting to honor Waterford Police Officer Ron Turner who'll soon be heading to Iraq.

"Makes me feel real good, real good. I can't complain about anything right now," said Turner.

"He's class A guy. Class A guy, and we're going to miss him. He definitely impacted our police department. You ask him to bend over backwards for you and he'll do it," said D'Amico.

Turner is a member of the Army National Guard. It'll be the former Marine's first deployment to Iraq. He'll be leaving his wife and two teenage sons.

"I just stay strong. We have children to raise. I can't fall because I don't want them to fall," said Turner's wife, Triya.

"I enjoy what I do. I enjoy coming home to my family, but I'll have a new family," said Turner.

Sgt. D'Amico planned this event. He wanted to do something special for his friend.

Public support poured in and those who came paid 20 bucks at the door. The proceeds will be used to make care packages for Officer Turner's platoon.

"It's going to be great for those guys. It's going to bring up morale," said Turner.

Officer Turner deploys to Iraq June 1st. The Waterford Police Department says it will make do, but prays that Turner comes home safe.