Chaplain Helps Break News to Children of Fallen Officer

Posted on: 5:44 pm, December 14, 2012, by

(Memphis) It was a heart wrenching day for the family of Martoiya Lang, the Memphis officer killed in the line of duty. 

“It’s really tough. You really don’t know what to say,” said Chaplain Donald Johnson.

Johnson had to help give four children the news that their mom wasn’t coming home today, or tomorrow.

“A hug has really helped them,” said Johnson.  “The kids are really distraught.”

Officer Lang leaves behind four girls who are 14, 13, 12 and 2 years old.

Family members brought the children to their grandmother’s house Friday so they could find out what happened, together.

“They saw their mother before they left to go to school and she left to go to work and then to get word that she’s deceased.  It was a really traumatizing situation for them,” said Johnson.

“The girls, they are not taking it. That’s mom,” said Sidney Brown, who is the brother of Lang’s fiance.  “They are not taking it too well.”

“But you did see some strength. You saw the oldest daughter corral the children around and just say ‘mama would want us to get through that’. I heard her say that consistently, so it really spoke volumes about her, even at a young age,” said Johnson.

And Chaplain Johnson says that strength, and each other, should carry them through.

“We got strong family support so the girls are going to be good,” said Brown.  “It’s just a trying time we got to get through right now.”

We’re told Officer Lang was engaged to get married next year.