MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Erin Billa, widow of fallen Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa took to social media Wednesday sharing her thoughts and expressing thanks to the community.
One year ago today I woke up just like I did every other day to start getting Taylor and myself ready for
The day. Justin had to work night shift so I carefully tip toed around to try and not wake him up. When We we’re finally ready to go I went and gave him a kiss, told him I loved him and to text me when he woke up. This week I’ve had such a vibrant memory of him Laying there in our bed sleeping peacefully. I just had no idea that would be the last time I would ever see him alive. There are so many things I miss about him. That infectious smile, the constant joking with me, the love he gave to Taylor and me. When we said “ Til death do us part” I never thought death would be just 3 short years later. Every day of the 6 years we had together were nothing short of wonderful and he made me so proud to be his wife. And still does. This past year has taught me so much. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13
It says “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope” This scripture has been heavy on my heart from the beginning. I have found such peace in knowing that Justin really is in a better place. A place where one day I’ll get to see him again. To every single person that has touched mine and Taylor’s life and made it better this past year I love you all and have such deep gratitude in my heart for you all. I couldn’t even begin to list because it would be thousands of people. Taylor and I Have felt your prayers and your love, there is no doubt about that.
Justin Taylor, we love you and miss you so much sweet man. Thank you for being our hero. 💙
Billa was among officers searching for Robert Hollie who was wanted for a murder that happened the night before. Officers tracked Hollie down to his home on Avondale Court. Hollie fired shots at officers and one of the bullets hit Officer Billa. Hollie committed suicide after the shooting.