2006.09.06: September 6, 2006: Headlines: COS - Honduras: Obituaries: Star Tribune: Police Officer Shawn Silvera (RPCV Honduras) honored in candlelight vigil

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Police Officer Shawn Silvera (RPCV Honduras) honored in candlelight vigil

Police Officer Shawn Silvera (RPCV Honduras) honored in candlelight vigil

"I needed to honor my husband in a grateful way, and not only that, it is very important to inspire other people to look at his life that was well-lived and take that as an example for ourselves to live well," Jennifer Silvera said Wednesday. "He always said good will come from bad."

Police Officer Shawn Silvera (RPCV Honduras) honored in candlelight vigil

Lino Lakes officer honored in candlelight vigil
Jim Adams, Star Tribune

Last update: September 06, 2006 – 10:08 PM

"Now we should live when the pulse of life is strong.

Life is a tenuous thing ... fragile, fleeting ...

Don't wait for tomorrow.


Those words about living fully were the theme of Lino Lakes police officer Shawn Silvera's life when he died a year ago trying to stop a fleeing suspect, friends and family members say.

Silvera, 32, was honored at a candlelight vigil Wednesday night outside the Lino Lakes Police Department. He was laying tire-deflating spikes on Interstate Hwy. 35W when a fleeing car, believed to be stolen, struck and killed him. The suspect, Steven Stanke, faces trial this month on first-degree murder charges.

Silvera read the above excerpt from the book "Captivating" to his wife, Jennifer, as they had coffee after a morning bike ride three days before his death on Sept. 6, 2005.

"I needed to honor my husband in a grateful way, and not only that, it is very important to inspire other people to look at his life that was well-lived and take that as an example for ourselves to live well," Jennifer Silvera said Wednesday. "He always said good will come from bad."

Silvera, 33, said her son, 2½ and daughter, 1½, are reminders of different aspects of their father. "They are thriving, beautiful and full of energy," she said.

As for herself, "I still feel the pain and sorrow. It is much more of a real situation."

She said Shawn's fellow officers continue to help with chores at her Forest Lake home and Police Chief Dave Pecchia delivered his last bunch of daisies in August, having brought them monthly for a year as promised.

"That is what I'll miss most," she said of the flowers.

Silvera said she has helped organize the vigil and two other events this month to honor Shawn and raise money for charities he supported -- volunteering with Explorer Scouts and spending two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras, where he helped plan a village water system.

At the vigil Wednesday night, police chaplain Larry Stromberg urged listeners to follow Silvera's example of living a good life, of being "a cop who combines duty and compassion ... and being someone who puts others before myself."

As he talked, Shawn's son, Jordan, got a bit antsy and walked between his mother and other family members. His sister, Madelynn, sat on her aunt's lap.

As the sky darkened, candles were lit and the flame passed from Jennifer Silvera and Shawn's mother, Bonnie Silvera, to other family members and officers, who in turn passed it to the hundreds in the crowd.

A trumpeter played "Amazing Grace" as the candles glowed.

Jim Adams • 612-673-7658 • jadams@startribune.com

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