Losing a child is one of the most tragic things a parent can face. That’s what happened to Carole Adler. She recently experienced this trauma when her son, Taylor Thyfault, was killed on duty as a cadet-in-training in Colorado. The ambitious young man was already an Army vet at 21-years-old and had almost completed his training to be a cadet.
Thyfault was killed during a high-speed police chase in which the suspect blazed through the stop sticks, colliding into Thyfault and his partner, Clinton Rushing. Before the car crashed into him, Thyfault warned a tow-truck driver to get out of the way, saving that man’s life, his last good deed before passing.
Thyfault’s mother has struggled with losing her son. She says they were always very close and he meant everything to her.
“Every day, it hits me like a ton of bricks, when I can’t’ text him,” she told KUSA 9News. Anyone who’s experienced a loss knows how hard it can be to resist the urge to text or call your loved one. Adler decided to send a few text messages to her late son’s phone anyway and was shocked when one day, she received a response.
Sergeant Kell Husley from the Greeley Police Department had been reissued Thyfault’s phone number and was receiving Adler’s text messages to her son. Instead of ignoring her or responding with a “wrong number” text, Greeley sent something moving. He told Adler that he was sorry for her loss and was proud to serve alongside men just like her son.
Husley has learned more about Thyfault’s life and has now found a new fervor in his career. Check out the video below to see the whole story.