Shannon Stone: Husband, Father, Hero, RIP

Last week, Shannon Stone took his six-year old son Cooper to watch the Texas Rangers play the Oakland A’s at the Ballpark in Arlington. During the second inning, Mr. Stone fell from the stands while trying to catch a foul ball that Rangers’ star Josh Hamilton had thrown to him. One hour later, Stone was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He was 39.

There aren’t many pure things in the world, but one thing that comes close is a father and a son at a ballgame together. Yet out of nowhere, a most unexpected tragedy shoots a dart right into the heart of this family and leaves a boy without a father and a young wife without a husband. The image of that little boy watching his father slip over the railing was horrific. I can only imagine how little Cooper must be feeling. I guess that’s why I can’t get this story out of my mind.

Shannon Stone was a decorated fireman and a local hero. He received a distinguished service award for bravery in 2007 for running into a smoke-filled home to rescue an elderly woman. As many as 100 fire units from across the state are expected to be at the funeral, which started just a few minutes ago.

Pray for this widow and this young boy.

“Weep with those who weep.” –Romans 12:15

“A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.” -Psalm 68:5

5 Responses to Shannon Stone: Husband, Father, Hero, RIP

  1. donsands July 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    My, that is exceptionally heavy to read. I shall pray for sure.

  2. Ben July 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Denny – thank you for bringing the Word to bear on this horrible tragedy. God’s concern for those who’ve lost a father and a husband is nothing less than astounding and utterly humbling. God is so good.

  3. Stephen Vedro July 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    This chokes me up.

  4. yankeegospelgirl July 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I think I read somewhere that somebody sustained an injury in a previous year trying to catch a foul ball as well…

    I’m wondering whether perhaps they should retire the tradition altogether.

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