I am a state trooper with the License and Weight Service stationed in Pecos. I was assigned to the Waco area for two weeks during the Mount Carmel standoff. We were on a one-week assignment and rotated out. My second week was during the final days. I was on post when the compound burned. I and all other officers regret this outcome but it did not come as a surprise.
My purpose is to express my most profound thanks to all those who brought food and drinks to us while we were on our post.
I have talked with several troopers who have expressed the same feelings. I also want to say thanks to those who live in the Mount Carmel area, who were so understanding when passing through roadblocks. Just about the time we started to get to know those who lived there we were rotated out and they had to train another group.
The spirit of human goodness is very much alive in Waco, Texas.