While finishing my undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo, I worked with Mr. Turner in the Toledo Police Community Relations Department under Deputy Police Chief Erwin P. Oehlers. This department operated more like an intelligence unit and Sgt. Turner took me under his wing. He took me everywhere with him. He was nothing but class and I never seen him angry. He always had a calmness about him, coupled with jovial moments, as well.
I never could figure out how we gravitated to each other. Now I know, he was also a Waite Indian and 'stand-out' athlete just like me, just a different sport.
He taught me responsibility, accountability, and that hard work pays off. I'll never forget when he took me with him to his new home he had just purchased. His focus was never about him, he just wanted his wife to be happy, that's all that mattered to him. He also wanted me to see the fruits of his labor and I learned from his examples, believe me.
Mr. Turner, 'Eddie' he demanded I call him, you left an indelible mark on my life. I have passed your values on to my two children and they exhibit those values today.
Words cannot express my gratitude. God will reward you in the Kingdom.
My mentor and Friend, I will see you on the other side.