December 30, 2013

Lee McCubbins - a former Police Officer killed in Afghanistan

Lee McCubbins, age 43, died on December 26, 2013, in the vicinity of the Kajaki Dam Project in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Reportedly, he was shot by a sniper as he was jogging in an American housing compound. The sniper has been arrested.

Lee was a former police officer who worked for the Danville (Virginia) Police Department for 15 years. He started with the Department in 1994 and moved up the ranks. He worked with K-9's and on the SWAT Team.

His former police comrades are mourning his loss. Police officials describe Lee as a loyal and dependable officer who helped others. He is also described as quiet, likeable, dedicated and trustworthy. His comrades did not want to see him leave their department.

For 7 or 8 years he had been working overseas in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as a private contractor in the security field.

Lee was working with Pax Mondial, an Arlington-based company who state that: "Our overarching goal is to help individuals and institutions build safe, stable and productive societies."

Over the years, Lee also taught firearms and security courses and worked overseas as a bomb-sniffing dog handler, checking vehicles and facilities for explosives. It was a contracted job by the U.S. State Department.

Lee's family never wanted him to do foreign security work and had uneasy feelings about his being in these war-torn countries. He was getting ready to come back to Virginia.

"Pax Mondial" is Latin for world peace. God knows there is an irony there.
Angels of God, pray for Lee

Hindsight is 20-20. But of course, we must face the fact that men who voluntarily go to war-torn countries as private employees and private contractors can be exposed to almost as much risk as soldiers in combat.

Lee is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Ralph; his sister, Julie; and his daughter, Logan.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Lee.

God save us from the snipers and all who bring death to strangers. God give us peace. Amen.

Pray that Lee is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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