- Posted December 4, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Rick Huffman - You Will Be Missed
With a deep voice that sounded like a grandpa having a chat with his grandkids, his white bushy mustache and the characteristic baseball cap, Rick Huffman aka Logan248 would bring his perspective from his Michigan home to the world as a member of CNN's iReport community.
Today, I learned that Rick has left us for a better place. He died Sunday in his home with his loving wife beside him from brain cancer.
A former police officer, who had that way about him that would remind one of a kindly Irish cop in some old movie, Rick became, like me and so many others in the iReport community, an armchair pundit. Rick brought his own view of the world which often I agreed and occasionally disagreed.
Bringing citizen journalism to life with his self-videos, one of those postings was not only vetted for use by CNN, but also earned him an iReport Award in May of 2013. The video is rather fitting in light that we are nearing the anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting as it highlighted how the killing of innocents had an impact on the former law enforcement officer and life-long NRA member.
That video was titled: "My tribute to those lost in Newtown" and may be seen here: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-900216.
On October 18 I received a mesage from Rick which simply read: "Terminal cancer. Three to six months to live."
I was in shock. He had told me in earlier messages that he was having to be tested and unsure what the doctor would find. Rick seemed so robust it caught me by surprise.
In his last report, "Obamacare?" (http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1053075), published October 26, there was a tremor in Rick's voice. Many of his online friends today have been posting their condolences on this his final iReport.
In these last few weeks, it was not his own health that was on Rick's mind. The loving husband was more concerned about the wife he would be leaving behind when he passed from this life to the next.
Rick asked me:
"Dad, may I ask something?
I have three books out on Amazon. One, "Fears, Tears and Life", written under the pen name of James Warren. Two, "Dreams in Blue: The Real Police", under my real name, Richard Neal Huffman. Three, "Rubal", written under Richard Neal Huffman.
Ask the other iReporters if they willl consider buying one or more? I want the royalties to go to my wife after I am gone.
Thank you so much.
Team iReport is also remembering Rick's contribution to the community in a blog article: Team iReport remembers Rick Huffman (http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/2013/12/04/team-ireport-remembers-rick-huffman), by Team member Henry Hanks, who works closely with iReporters such as myself.
The Earth has lost another voice of reason, but Heaven has gained another perspective from humanity in the divine council.
From the Cornfield, Rick - you will be missed. May you rest in peace and may your family feel the comfort of unseen hands and the love from those they never knew and may never meet, but who held you as one of our own family.