My father was one of the officers involved in this tragedy. Though the responsibility for the death of Deputy Ludlow sits squarely on the shoulders of the murderer, this incident was the one thing in my father's life he could not reconcile. It affected him terribly. On more that one occasion, my father was overwhelmed with regret and remorse, feeling for the family that had lost their hero and that he could have done something differently. As I look back, my father lost a piece of his life that night too. For 40 years I know that my father was willing to sacrifice his life for the return of Deputy Ludlow’s life. I feel that I need to tell the family that my heart goes out to them. I was fortunate to have my father growing up. I know it still affects them to this day as it did my father to his dying day. To all that don't understand the sacrifice these heroes have made, please give them the respect they so richly deserve. To the Ludlow family, I hope that God has eased your pain, you are in my prayers.
Son of fellow officer, Bill Lauer