The Southlake Department of Public Safety mourned the loss of one of its “most loyal stewards” Wednesday, creating a stir online with a tearful Twitter obituary for — sure, why not? — a crushed traffic cone.
“ORANGE CONE, was run over and crushed by an unknown suspect, as his four other cone co-workers watched in frozen horror,” the law enforcement agency tweeted out, along with a photograph of the scene.
REST IN PEACE, LOYAL FRIEND THREAD—This morning, on August 29th, 2018, one of our most loyal stewards of the Southlake Police Department, ORANGE CONE, was run over and crushed by an unknown suspect, as his four other cone co-workers watched in frozen horror. 1/ pic.twitter.com/11SKcawIQP
— Southlake DPS (@SouthlakeDPS) August 29, 2018
It was mostly done in jest, but the department also took a moment to share a few of the cone’s vital safety functions.
“O. Cone’s sole duty had been to help guide parents dropping off their students, and to prevent them from parking in the fire lane (which as you may have heard, is kind of a big deal),” Southlake DPS tweeted.
Moving on in its somber elegy, the department sent out another tweet, perhaps too overwhelmed by grief to notice a typo: “In O. Cone’s final breath, he exhaled, “remember that cones are considering [sic] traffic control devices and you could be cited for disregarding them. Even at the end, he wanted to protect us. Please drive safely and where you are supposed to, ESPECIALLY at schools.”
Fans of the department applauded its efforts online, including this tweet from the Alexandria, Va., Police Department:
“O. Cone leaves behind three cone kids, which are basically those little cones you buy when you want to set up a soccer field in your back yard, but didn’t want to splurge for actual soccer nets. You know what I’m talking about.
But it didn’t stop there. You know, it’s the internet.
APD caught sight of this vigil beside the Eisenhower Metro station this morning. Thoughts from the east coast 😂 pic.twitter.com/cpTa9aGqWc
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) August 31, 2018