When you move you expect to come back in two, five, or 10 years and find your hometown exactly as you left it. That is what I was thinking during my move to Dallas last Saturday. The reality is that the world doesn’t stay the same.

I am in Dallas but I am aching with Waxahachie and Lancaster in the death of our brothers. I did not personally know Officer Williams or Officer Dobson, but…

• Over the last four years my early morning workout schedule meant I often trained in the gym with police officers, firefighters, and others in Waxahachie.

• My brother is a police officer.

• My grandfather was the first fire chief of Medina, N.D. and my dad was a volunteer firefighter.

• I lived in Red Oak, Midlothian and Waxahachie and am a member of a church in Lancaster.

• I did boxing training with a Midlothian police officer as he prepared for the Guns & Hoses competition.

• My friend and her husband (a Waxahachie firefighter) helped me move even though he had been up all night at the accident scene in Waxahachie.

• A friend called to reschedule my carpet cleaning so he could to be with his friend’s (Officer Williams’) family.

We are intricately connected. It is impossible for me to walk away.

In each of my fellow warriors (whether police officers, firefighters, or others) I see what Karl Von Clausewitz wrote saying, “Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.”  Thank you for giving me the courage to change the world!

While you will no longer see me walking with my Whippet Lone Star or my fitness/boxer friend, a part of me will continue to wander the tree-lined streets of Ellis County. My memories are part of what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

As always, I offer you an opportunity to change the world. If you would like to join other Ellis County residents and businesses in creating the Ellis County Nonprofit Organization Database, please contact me at

ewheaton@equipthesaints.net.

Peace, Beth

Beth Wheaton, Ph.D. is the founder of Equip the Saints, a nonprofit consulting organization, and an Economics Lecturer at Southern Methodist University.