As a reporter some stories are more than "a story" - they stay with you forever. This is 10 years ago. Archive photo from the funerals for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officers Jeff Shelton and Sean Clark.
March 31st marks one decade since these two men were ambushed, shot dead by an insane man killing for death's sake. The officers never even had time to get their guns out of their holsters.
Many of us at @WBTV_News were a part of Charlotte's fabric then and remain a part today. Many of us watched the city of Charlotte respond in the exact way that was needed. We - all races and walks of life - poured into the streets to wave, salute and hold signs of love so the hour-long procession from this church to the grave sites was dotted with people eager to show the families and department they were not alone in their pain.
Ten years ago our city stood strong.
It's worth remembering.
I've been going through archive video and memories for a week. What we lived then still impacts our city today. WBTV is airing a 30-minute special to honor Officers Shelton and Clark, and show why a decade ago can be today's learning tool.
After it airs, I'll edit this post and put a link here to watch online...but wanted you to know in advance why I think what you'll see tonight is so important.
**UPDATE**: It has aired. You can watch the entire thing at www.wbtv.com/TheirFinalCall