Stunning news about an old friend of a number of us here at Blue Pride. We go back over 20 years. Kevin was awaiting a lung transplant. Another victim of 9/11 nine and a half years later. More NYPD Police Officers have died after the fact than died on 9/11/01. As well as countless other first responders. Please contact Senators Scott Brown, John McCain and Mike Enzi and urge them to get on board with passing the Zadroga bill, to help the many first responders who are suffering at this moment.
Kevin was a long time member of GOAL NY and a liaison to the LGBT community in addition to the many other duties he performed over the years. A great, funny and professional guy who will be sorely missed.
Last Edit: May 2, 2011 14:49:46 GMT -5 by bluepride
I think it's great that the news of his passing has been reported worldwide. I saw an article about him in an Indian online newspaper. And it has been reported across the USA as well. It lets people know how highly he was regarded both as a gay Police Officer, his role as a liaison and most importantly (in my opinion), the plight of 9/11 first responders and how they've been getting such short shrift in terms of health coverage after literally laying their lives on the line on that tragic day and it's aftermath. It's possible that his death would be the convincing point to steer more politicians to actually help get the Zadroga bill passed. What an added high point to Kevin's already strong legacy that would be.
I just returned from the funeral for Kevin. It was a beautiful service, well attended with a lot of great tributes to him. His best friend, who I met many years ago gave a beautiful eulogy. Even some of the local media, whom Kevin dealt with daily while working, attended on their own time. Says a lot about how highly he was regarded. The graveside service was beautiful as well. And the to come home to the news that the Zadroga bill hadn't passed. Well, another slap in the face to the many many 9/11 first responders whose medical expenses run out. It makes you wonder if it's even worth it to respond to another attack, if and when it happens. But, knowing the character of our fellow first responders, we probably will. Kevin was well loved and respected and that was shown beyond any shadow of a doubt today. I hope for the sake of other first responders, that the Zadroga bill somehow comes to pass. It is not fair to all of those who've sacrificed their lives for this country
I went back today and found an old photo I took of Kevin and some other friends back in 1991. I had to seriously crop it because of one of our other friend's pose. (M O'D... ) It wouldn't have been appropriate to expose the rest of the world to this other guy's speedo and red pubes sticking out. I wouldn't do that to humanity. So...an old pic of Kevin...we were all so much younger then....
(***photo was somehow replaced with an ad , so I removed the ad***)
I felt I had to stop by his grave today to let him know his death was avenged. I feel like he knew it already, though.
He does indeed, Tommy. There are many belief systems about spirituality and afterlife. With all my training and experience in dying, death, grief, bereavement and mourning, I have no idea which (if any) are correct - or even close - if at all. Nor does it matter, I suppose.
What I know for sure is there is no "mine is right and another person's is wrong" answer. The soul lives on in each of us who were touched by a life. It lives on in the most honorable way that we need for it to live. And, yes, Tommy, Kevin knows.
Honorably and Respectfully, Bear ______________
The CARE is in the CARING. M.H. - Thanatology / Traumatology - MPH, MS, MS, LSPT, CT, FT, CPE
I was thinking of going back today with a magic marker so I could write "Your Death Is Avenged" on a small stone to be placed on his and a couple of other headstones. Something tells me they already know it though! or or
Today I attended the street naming for my old friend Kevin. It was in his old neighborhood where I used to drop him off many years ago. It was a beautiful sunny day. My sunburned head will attest to that . And it was a beautiful and loving tribute to him. There were some of the usual political hacks personalities there, giving speeches but still, it was all done with affection for Kevin. The following video is of the Police Commissioner speaking and then the unveiling of the street sign. All in all, a great tribute to a great hero.