I never thought on April 26 that I would do my morning routine and have something so tragic happen. Gunshots, then the death of a schoolmate, a co-worker, a friend, a mom of four.
Cynthia “Cymp” Joyner was so dear to me at Westridge Grill. We were together in our lives for more than 20 years. That’s over half of my life!
Words cannot touch my feelings right now, but I am going to tell you about my experience with the outpouring of support in Rocky Mount.
When I called 911, the police were on the scene within minutes. EMS was there at the same time. Our chief of police, James Moore, was there within 15-20 minutes.All of the officers and EMS on the scene were constantly asking us what they could do for us while they were gathering information from people there. Chief Moore spoke with me and many people on the scene.
The security around the premises was top-notch. The officers didn’t allow people in who didn’t have a reason to be there.
When my wife, Stacey, and I went downtown to the police department, the officers, investigators and other city employees we came in contact with at the station were so nice to us. When we went back to the restaurant, the officers were there to greet and comfort us during this time.
Capt. Laura Fahnestock discussed the process of gathering evidence, investigations, etc. with me when I returned. After this, she offered condolences and any help or support the police department could provide.
Our police in Rocky Mount are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities with the resources they are given. I have read so many negative comments about the things that they should have done or should be doing. They can only do so much. They cannot be everywhere all the time.
They do not tell people to commit the crimes. They need our help. You can’t withhold information from them and expect them to do their jobs effectively.
These people put their lives on the line for our safety every day. I have the utmost respect for the Rocky Mount Police Department, and I feel the rest of the community should have that same respect.
Good job Rocky Mount Police Department! Keep up the good work!
As the day continued, all of the business owners in Westridge Shopping Center came over to offer help and express condolences.
There have been many pastors and churches in the community who have come over, as well.
Thank you all for the help and condolences; there are so many people who have been of service to us during this tragic time.