A Mormon police officer in Mesa, Ariz passed away after battling Lou Gehrig's disease for three years. Mark Kelly, 32, was a husband and father to five young children.
“Certainly, it’s a difficult time for his family and the police department as well,” Sgt. Ed Wessing, a Mesa police spokesman told the East Valley Tribune. “Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”
Kelly was diagnosed in April 2009 after having problems performing his officer duties. In his last months, Kelly was unable to speak or move his arms; he could only blink to convey messages. He was admitted to the hospital late Saturday night after having respiratory problems and died a few hours later.
Contributions to the Kelly family at the Mesa Police Association's Officer Assistance Fund can be made to 123 N. Centennial Way, Suite 201, Mesa, AZ 85201.
In other news, the Lehighvalleylive.com featured a profile on Kelly Peterson, a converted Mormon during her teenage years in Concord Calif, who now plays college basketball at Lehigh University. Although the university has the connotation of being a party school, her teammates are there to support her beliefs and Peterson has had the opportunity to share her religion with others, according to the article.
"Some people may think my life is inhibited, but the church has enhanced my life so much," Peterson said. "It's given hope and direction to my life. I've never regretted joining."