Guest Blog By Sarah Illg:
Attorneys and court staff often to do not have time to reflect on the little things. Our days are busy, and we don't spend much time thinking about courthouse security and other things that are the ordinary realities of our day. As long as we make it into the courtroom on time, our day has started on a good note.
Things were different at the Roswell Municipal Courthouse. Edmund Dunn, or “Mr. Ed” as everyone knew him by, was head of security when you walked through the public entrance. Most things in the legal field are uncertain, but one thing I was always certain of was seeing Mr. Ed. With his warm smile, he would always greet me and crack a joke or two. He never missed an opportunity to help someone get to where he or she needed to go. He understood that people could be stressed about to go to court, and he always tried to put a smile on everyone's face.
He made me laugh, asked how my day was going, and then actually listened and cared about my answer. Mr. Ed could brighten my day no matter how rough of a day I was having. Mr. Ed wasn't someone that was merely going through the motions of their job; he loved his job. Mr. Ed was a United States Army Veteran, and always had the best stories!
Going through security this afternoon at the Roswell Courthouse was a little more somber and things just do not feel right without him there. Mr. Ed sadly passed away a couple weeks ago, and I will miss him very much. Every time I pass through the entrance of Roswell Municipal, I will remember Mr. Ed's bright smile and his warm and welcoming personality. I am deeply sorry to hear about his passing and offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Sarah Illg is an associate attorney at Lawson and Berry.