Ut Prosim. "That I may serve." It is the motto of Virginia Tech. As a student, you come in contact with the simple, humble phrase across campus. From the Upper Quad, the Drill Field, to the Duck Pond and beyond.
Today, I heard Officer Deriek Crouse referred to as the epitome of Ut Prosim. He served his nation, his state, his community and the people of Virginia Tech.
The website of the organization "Officer Down" which pays tribute to fallen law enforcement has already acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice paid by Deriek Crouse and his family. He was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in the parking lot of Cassell Coliseum Thursday afternoon. Left to grieve, a wife, five children, a mother and a brother. And the entire Hokie nation.
From the words of "Walk Humbly, Son" a song written by Eddie from Ohio, a Northern Virginia group, and sung by a former Hokie.
Walk humbly, son
Walk humbly, now
And cherish every step
For a life well spent
On this Earth we're lent
Will be marked by the void you have left
Ut Prosim, Officer Crouse. You have served bravely.