BOVERER Police Officer Eric Talley, who was killed in the Colorado store massacre, left a six-figure IT job to join the police force.
Talley, 51, has made career change after the tragic death of a close friend DUI, friends and family revealed.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Jeremy Herko spoke to The Denver Post about what prompted his best friend’s career change.
Herko – who met Talley when they were both in the police academy more than ten years ago – said the fallen officer left a job in the information technology industry where he earned more than six figures.
Friends and family said the switch came when he came after his friend died in a DUI accident, The washington posts reported.
Herko called Talley’s change in career path “remarkable.”
The revelation comes like:
“He lost his salary. He lost time away from home. He entered the police academy without a secure job,” he told the store.
Talley’s sister, Kirstin Brooks, shared a heartbreaking post on social media following her brother’s death.
“I can’t explain how beautiful he is and how terrible it has been for a lot of people,” Brooks said.
“Fly high my dear.”
Talking to The washington postsBrooks describes her brother as always protective.
“To be honest, I know my brother, when he heard that there was a shooting in a supermarket, I knew his first thought was,” There’s kids in there, “Brooks told the store.
She added that her brother – who was seven children with his wife – “Dear children.”
“I know Eric would want to save every one of those lives. I know why he flew there first, because he was thinking, there are families in that store,” she told the store.
Talley is one of them ten victims was killed in a shooting at the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado on Monday.
Denny Strong, 20, Neven Stoanisic, 23, Rikki Olds, 25, Tralona Bartkowiak, 49, Suzanne Fountain, 59, Teri Leiker, 51, Officer Eric Talley, 51, Kevin Mahoney, 61, Lynn Murray, 62, Jody Waters, 65 is 10 victims.
Talley responded to reports of an active gunman around 2:30 p.m. – and was shot dead as he ran in to address the gunman.
Police were seen arresting the gunman, leading him out of the grocery store when he was wearing nothing but shorts.
Police have identified the alleged shooters as 21 years old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
Alissa faced 10 murder counts in Monday’s massacre.
A huge line of cars was seen escort Talley’s body after he was shot down.
Emergency responders stood shoulder to shoulder and greeted as the procession passed through the horrified city.
The picture shows Talley’s car covered with flowers on Tuesday, in a memorial to the officer being killed.
Boulder County Attorney Michael Dougherty said that Talley “by all accounts, was one of the outstanding officers at the Boulder Police Department and that his life was too short.”
He said his son loved his family “more than anything” and that he “was looking for a job to keep himself out of the line.”
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He also praised Talley as a hero, saying: “When he pinned that badge yesterday morning, he didn’t know what that day would bring.”
“Those are the people who died leaving their families and have a big hole in their heart.”