Flight attendant Pays Tribute To Fallen State Trooper, Singing ‘You Raise Me Up’ To His Mother

Fallen Arizona DPS Trooper Tyler Edenhofer’s mother was on board a Southwest Airlines flight when an attendant decided to honor her son’s life.

Tyler Edenhofer was killed in the line of duty in July 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was just 24 years old. His mother, Debbie Edenhofer was going to attend a ceremony honoring her son in his hometown of Jeffersontown, Kentucky.

The Southwest attendant picked up the mic and began singing “You Raise Me Up,” captured on video by a passenger, Sean Warren.

Dear Southwest Airlines:

So today I got on my flight to Louisville, wearing my headphones, taking up as much space as possible so that no one would sit by me.

Sitting comfortably in my personal universe listing to one of my favorite jams, the public address crackled and one of your flight attendants interrupted me.

He stated that we had a mother on the flight who’s son had been killed in the line of duty as a state trooper. He then proceeded to sing her a beautiful song.

I just want you to know I think we should have more interruptions like this. In fact, it is no interruption at all. It actually makes things quite clear. And it shares, in a public way, a private burden this family carries.

– To the flight attendant….thank you for leading us and for honoring them.
– To the mother…..”Thank you” seems so utterly inadequate. May you be blessed daily in your thoughts of your son’s service and sacrifice. May heaven give you in abundance what you missed here on earth.

Posted by Sean Warren on Friday, March 22, 2019

Warren also shared that even though he was trying to avoid any contact with strangers, the attendant talking caught his ears and he recorded the whole thing. He wrote on his Facebook, “He stated that we had a mother on the flight who’s son had been killed in the line of duty as a state trooper,” and “He then proceeded to sing her a beautiful song.”

Warren wrote, “I just want you to know I think we should have more interruptions like this. In fact, it is no interruption at all, It actually makes things quite clear. And it shares, in a public way, a private burden this family carries, To the flight attendant….thank you for leading us and for honoring them,” and “To the mother…..”Thank you” seems so utterly inadequate.”

The Southwest employee was Scott Wirt, who works as a ground operations agent for the company.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Trooper Tyler Edenhofer this evening at the Arizona State Capitol. It will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Posted by Arizona Fraternal Order of Police on Monday, July 30, 2018

On March 24, a park bench was dedicated to Tyler Edenhofer and for his service by officials in Jeffersontown. Debbie even saw Warren’s post and thanked him for his kind words and for sharing the beautiful moment.

What beautiful way to honor a son of the soil, this heartwarming act of kindness by the flight attendant went a long way.

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[BOOK I Psalms 1–41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. — Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)

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