Deputy's Widow Gets A Tattoo In Honor Of People In Service

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Kathleen Goforth decided to get a tattoo to honor her departed husband, sheriff in Harris County.

Given the line of her husband's work, it's something that comes with the job. But it took place under ordinary circumstance where no one will really see it coming.

Photo courtesy of HCSO
Photo courtesy of HCSO

Deputy Goforth was only stopping by at a Chevron station to fill up on gas when he was suddenly gunned from behind, still in his uniform. Despite the vague circumstances surrounding his death, It may be yet another one of those hate crimes against cops. That very day, Kathleen Goforth found herself a widow. Deputy Darren Goforth left a son with her behind.

Photo by Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle
Photo by Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle

"There are no words for this," Kathleen said in a tearful statement of her late husband. "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was always loyal, fiercely so. He was ethical. The right thing to do is what guided his internal compass," she added.

via Conservative Tribune
via Conservative Tribune

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In times like these, it's very difficult to find something to hold on to, all the while expressing your grief and the sheer sorrow of losing the love of your life. Kathleen Goforth then decided to get a tattoo to honor her departed husband whom in addition to being her partner and father to their son, was also her best friend.

Kathleen Goforth tattoo
Kathleen Goforth tattoo

Three days after the deputy sheriff's passing, Kathleen Goforth drove to a tattoo parlor in Houston to get something to remember her late husband by. The tattoo turned out to be a Latin phrase which said, “Nemo me impune lacessit.” It translates to "No one attacks me with impunity." With the words, “Be the change, 1984” under it. It turns out, Kathleen's tattoo is not only a tribute to Darren, but also to the many other fallen men and women in uniform.

Be the change, 1984, Kathleen Goforth tattoo
Be the change, 1984, Kathleen Goforth tattoo

“I'm getting this tattoo, not just for you, Darren, but for all the men and women in uniform who serve and sacrifice, to honor them. Whatever deed or evil act is done. Whether we know about it on Earth or not, it is done. It will be punished. It will be rectified. It will not go unnoticed,” she reveals.

“‘Be the change’ is the first part of the Gandhi quote — ‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ What I want to see in the world is our men and women in uniform revered and honored.”

Darren Funeral
Darren Funeral

“However, it was I who was blessed so richly, that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend,” says Kathleen Goforth.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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