Saturday, March 6, 2010

Officer Justina Scoggins Is Honored

We thank all of those who came out on Thursday night, March 4, to honor Officer Justina "Tina" Scoggins for her brave service to Union Station and to all of us. She put her life on the line just a few weeks ago as she entered an abandoned building and encountered a man with a knife who stabbed her. She is recovering, and we wish her all the best. The following note is from Joe Beasley, Operations Manager at Playhouse on the Square, the site of our meeting. I thought you would appreciate reading it.

"Thank you for your kind words and for allowing us to provide Midtown Security Community with a meeting space for what may be the most memorable event of the year. I was so proud of those who supported Officer Scoggins through attendance, gifts, awards, certificates, verbal recognition, and applause. But I later realized that the second-best gift of the night was Tina's gift to us - the reading of her poem, sharing her innermost feelings. And that was surpassed only by the greatest gift of the evening - God's grace in returning Tina to her family and community.

I later mentioned the purpose of your meeting during my curtain speech to open The Miracle Worker. Then, as I promised her mother, I dedicated last night's performance in honor of Officer Justina Scoggins for her service and sacrifice. The response was thunderous, which caught me a little off-guard. So, please pass on to Col. Garrett and Officer Scoggins that they are genuinely appreciated by the community as a whole - an appreciation that extends far beyond those who attended the MSC meeting. I only hope the TV viewing audience paid more attention to the meeting than to its location."

Our next opportunity to stand together as a community will come on Tuesday, April 6, when we gather at HopeWorks (basement of Midtown Church of Christ just west of Channel 5) to honor Col. Billy Garrett, commander at Union Station, as he prepares to retire on April 14. Col. Garrett has been the primary reason that Midtown Security Community has continued to exist. His leadership and collaboration with our community are extraordinary.

Be at HopeWorks at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 6. Meeting and celebration begin at 6:00 and will end at 7:00 pm. We welcome everyone who wants to celebrate "all that is good in Midtown."

"Be a part of the solution. Help keep Midtown a safe place to live and work."

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