David and Robin Lubin, the parents of fallen Border Police officer Rose Lubin, spoke with Arutz Sheva - Israel National News about the massive public support they have felt since their daughter’s death in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.

"It gave us a sense of pride and love for what our daughter had come here to do,” David said, referring to the enormous turnout for Rose’s funeral. ‘When you’re in another country, it can be hard to understand what we’re fighting for, but then everyone came out and embraced us at the funeral, and it really helped us realize what it was about. It showed us that all Jews, everywhere, are part of this country, and it uplifted us and gave us comfort."

The Lubin family is from Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America. Rose served in the Border Police as a Lone Soldier, a soldier without a family supporting them in Israel.

Robin commented on her daughter’s unique, multifaceted personality. "Rose had conflicting characteristics. At the funeral, I am told there were 15,000 people in attendance; at the same time, the Border Police closed off a section around the family, making it an intimate experience as well. That was a lot of who Rose was. She was sweet, but a fighter. She was spiritual but loose and fun. She was artistic and creative, but serious. She brought people around her in, and carried them along the way."

Robin says that despite her daughter’s position, she didn’t worry about Rose. "I didn’t worry. My daughter never shared stories of the police or military with me. We maintained a love and friendship and just supported each other. I believe in the IDF, and in Israel, and never worried about what happened until it did."

David added, "Being proud usually comes with being happy. It’s strange to have it mixed with sadness. Rose was someone who always had action in her life - she wasn’t going to do things halfway. She always found another level to everything she did. I remember when she decided to go to Israel, to join the IDF. She decided to join the Border Police because she wanted to be a combat soldier. Rose began training hard for it and once told me ‘I’ve mastered everything I need for Border Police - but I just realized I’ve been using the men’s requirements'. This was a year before she even went into basic training."

"She did well in basic training and was even given her choice of assignments. She chose the Old City of Jerusalem, in the Arab quarter - probably one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a police officer. We looked at it as a ‘Rose thing’ - it’s just who she was."

David says that Rose was exceptionally happy to be serving in Jerusalem itself. "This was a dream for her. She gave a speech in Atlanta about how our ancestors, dying in the Holocaust, could never have imagined reaching Jerusalem, and she was able to walk through the Old City. It gave her life. People approached us to thank us for our daughter providing that protection, and a lot of them even thanked us for her smile. Even though she had an incredibly difficult job, she took the time to smile at people, and it meant a lot to them."

Robin talks about trying to separate her personal mourning from the national feelings surrounding Rose’s death. "With everyone surrounding me, I have been lifted to a level where grief is just waiting for me. I have Kleenex boxes unopened, but at the same time, I have certain triggers I can’t seem to get around. I was just handed her water bottle and broken glasses and realized that he must have had these on her. When we play cards on Shabbat, when we count heads in the car - I need to walk out. Certain things like that bring the sorrow out."

"For the most part, though, Israel has beautifully supported us, and many people tell us that we are consoling them. I found myself standing in mourning rather than sitting a lot. It has been very comforting to be here."