ONLY ON 8: Metro Police captain writes 1 October poem to help victims heal

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A Metro Police Captain delivers an emotional tribute ahead of the deadly 1 October anniversary.

Captain Harry Fagel shared his thoughts on the tragedy in a poem he wrote. A video of Fagel reading the poem was posted online Tuesday afternoon, and it’s already been viewed more than 30, 000 times.

One of the lines from the poem reads, “The moonlit light pressing on their skin like happy thoughts and goals reached — when firecracker noise becomes jackhammer noise, becomes gunfire.”

According to Captain Fagel, writing the poem was a way for him to heal.

“When something happens, how do we get to the other side of it,” Fagel asked. “How do we come out the other side stronger and better, how do we come out the other side at peace, and that’s really what art is for.”

Captain Fagel was a part of an incident command on the night of the shooting.  His poem doesn’t just focus on the pain, but it also sheds light on the true meaning of Vegas Strong due to the flood of bravery and courage with police, medics and good Samaritans.

“That teamwork is what made us accomplish great things, and to see so many people survive this horrible event was a result of that teamwork,” Fagel said.

Captain Fagel says he wants his poem to be a way for the community to continue the healing process.

“The beauty of what we are as people and as human beings is our ability to triumph, and I think that’s what I want people to get from that; that there’s always hope,” Captain Fagel said.

The video of Captain Fagel reciting his poem is from the ‘Best of the Badge’ gala held earlier this month.  Review the full clip below.


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