Words of Officer Chris Bishop
"When I was asked by Laurie to say a few words in Bryan's honor, I immediately became intimidated. Those of you, who know me, know I am not good with words, at least not the kind we are allowed to say in public. However, I feel I owe it to Bryan to at least try.
When the name Bryan Delk is spoken, many words come to mind. Words like strong, truthful, and opinionated, Bryan often told you, not what you wanted to hear, but what HE thought you should hear. The word that fits him the most though, at least to those of us who worked so closely with him, was funny.
Bryan was funny, he defined the word funny, and he was guaranteed to make anyone laugh at any time. I would like to tell a story, one in which I thinkembodied Bryan's type of humor.
We were members of SWAT for the Columbia Police Department, and we were doing a scenario at E.A. Cox Middle School. All of us were getting our gear ready. I just happened to be filling my camelback with water. You see, Bryan did not drink water. He drank Mt Dew, and to my knowledge that's all he drank, and he made it clear he was not concerned with drinking anything other than that.
However, on this day he approached me and asked for some water. I had informed him I had just used my last bottle to fill up my camelback, and offered him a drink from the drinking tube. In the classic Bryan Delk tone, he said "Dude, I ain't drinking after you. I don't know where your mouth has been", I said "Suit yourself dude".
He looks over, and sees that Jake Marbet has his trunk open, and you see Jake's trunk is like a suitcase you would find at Hogwarts School of Wizardry. If you needed it, it was probably in Jake's trunk. Bryan tells Jake he needs some water, so Jake reaches his arm way back in the dark recesses of his trunk, where I am certain there exists exotic life forms not yet discovered by modern science.
Jake hands him a Gatorade bottle and Bryan brings this bottle over to me. For the sake of argument, we are going to say it contained a liquid, and we will call it water. However, we agreed it did have slight discoloration, not cloudy, but more of a light brown color.
Bryan asks, "What do you think"? I said, "Don't do it, take a drink from my camelback". Bryan looks at the bottle, looks at my camelback, and then looks at me, and says "forget it", and without further hesitation, takes the top off the bottle and guzzles the water in the Gatorade bottle.
After about 4 or 5 big gulps, he puts the top back on the bottle, he immediately looks at me and asks "I just made one of the worst decisions of my life, didn't I?" We shrugged it off and took our positions for the scenario. We were about an hour or so into the scenario, and Bryan gets quiet. That never happens.
I looked over at him, and he is white as snow, as all the color has left his face and he is sweating. Although he denied the following statement, he looked at me and said "My belly, my belly hurts so bad, and I think that water is coming back for it's revenge".
He looks across the lobby and there is a garbage can. The problem with this garbage can, is it has a top on it, with one of those spring loaded doors you have to push in, in order to get the trash into the can.
As he moved toward the can, his body rejected the fluid Bryan wanted so bad to be just water. Unfortunately for Bryan, physics would not allow him to expel the contents of his stomach parallel to the ground and he failed to make it into the can.
After it was all said and done, he told me, "It's not the fact that I threw up, it's the fact that I did it in front of you guys, because now I will never be able to live it down". And being the friend that I am, not only did I get to say "I told you so", I kept my word to him and lever let him forget that day.
I am ashamed to say I was not as familiar with Bryan's private life as I was his professional life, and he did a very good job of keeping those two aspects of his life separate. However, he and I spent many hours pulled alongside each other in what cops know as signal 8. And what most people do not know is, that is where the problems of the world are really solved. These meetings are where I heard about Bryan's family, and when he talked about his family, he demeanor changed. The inflection of his voice changed. It was pride. Bryan was not a prideful person, but when he spoke of his family, he was PROUD.
He loved his children, and he loved doing things with them. I want to say to his children that he loved each and every one of you with all his heart. Laurie, you were his rock, his safe harbor. When the seas of life were rough, you were the one thing he knew he could count on to always be there for him and give him guidance and unconditional love. He was lucky to have you, and you were lucky to have him.
Bryan, like a lot of us, did not want being a cop to define him. He had a loving family, a family he and Laurie created out of love, and to me that is what defines a man. Bry Bryan was a good cop. He stood shoulder to shoulder with his brothers and sisters within that thin blue line that separates civilization from chaos. He never wavered and there was never a time I needed him that he was not there. He was a warrior, whether or not he wanted to admit it, and he embodied the sheepdog mentality and he took pride in protecting the innocent and the weak.
I will close with this, and even though I use the "I" word, I know I speak for all that knew him and worked with him.
He was my brother. I loved him. We fought together. We bled together. I was prepared to die for him, as I know he was prepared to die for me. I will miss him every day, for the rest of my life.
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