Around the web on blogs, newsites, twitter etc. there is an outpouring of tributes to Davy Jones of The Monkees who sadly passed away this week. However sad his parting, and really 66 was too young, spare a thought for PC David Rathband who also was found dead this week. PC Rathband is the man who was shot in the face and blinded by Raul Moat. (Sad isn't it that the person who committed the crime against him is a more known name than the man left so badly injured.)
From reading the reports it looks like PC Rathband took his own life in some way. How very very sad. I read things like that and I instantly feel so sad. This guy went to work one day and just because he was a policeman in the wrong place at the wrong time ended up horrendously injured. Since his injury he had set up a charity to help serviceman like himself injured in the line of duty. However there are documented interviews with him where he stated that he was frustrated by the blindness and having to relearn to live again. He was angry about losing his job through his injury etc. Sadly he had parted from his wife late last year as well - you can only speculate whether that was directly or indirectly related to his injuries - and I mean much more than the physical scars he had to bare.
I cannot begin to get close to the trauma PC Rathband went through both initially with the injury and then subsequently trying to come to terms with his lifelong disability due to a single act by a very dangerous and callous individual. How would I cope if I lost a limb or two, my eyesight or some other significant long term injury like that? To be honest I have no answer - I don't know. It is easy to say you should embrace the life you have and be grateful for that and not resentful for the injury and incident that caused it, easy to say - but just think of you having to say that face to face with someone like PC Rathband ... exactly easy to say when not in that situation or face to face with it.
Makes me stop and think about how bloody good really my life is, how lucky I am not to have been hit by the bloody bus driver who clearly wasn't looking as I crossed at the pedestrian crossing this morning etc. Every day we take risks in our lives, some more than others poor PC Rathband seems to have had to pay far too higher price for his misfortune to my mind.
RIP PC Rathband.