I was just thinking, this poor Sgt. Can any of us really grasp what’s happened here? He woke up- he is on days, so he had to be on the road by 5:30 am to make it the Bronx from Huntington. He has small kids- did he peek in their rooms before he left, was his wife awake when he left his house, his family for the last time?
What about the Suffolk PD guys that had to go to the house, and transport them to the helicopter? That takes a toll too. His wife was married yesterday, now she is a widow, her young kids lost a father, if his parents are still alive they lost a child (we lost a child to cancer , 40 yrs and it still hurts.
There has not been a day that we don't think of him). Can you imagine who has to clean out his locker, fish out his car keys, drive his car home. I don't envy that Sgt. ( he was a boss, so I would think a fellow Sgt. would handle this sad task for their brother Sgt.). Would any of us want to knock on that door? The pain of his death will radiate out to every part of his private and professional life. And all due to the acts of a vile little man, who was not much of a man; but a bully who had a gun.
As for the cadet, quality shows. A few days out on the street, and he showed what he was made of. Sure we all denigrate the new hires, can any of us ask more of this kid? More courage, class, balls? Frankly , I'm amazed. Amazed by the men and women of the NYPD who go out every day, risk their liberty, reputations, and very lives for a society that despises them, thinks only the worst of them, resents every cent paid to them, and still a Sgt. in the Bronx lost his life yesterday in their defense.
May God bless him, and all of you who take the same very real risks every day.
God bless you too.
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