It just doesn't stop. We're under attack. I was at the Mets game last night and was just about to leave early because it was really cold at the stadium and I had plans for later in the night. But my phone started blowing up with the news of this shooting. While driving home I saw numerous radio cars on the parkway and in the streets. I'm assuming big brass in some cases. The hospital where the cop was taken is not far from me so there were lights and sirens all over my neighborhood. He's in very serious condition.
What pissed me off was that on the internet, in some private PD groups, guys who felt they had to be the first with any news, had him dead and buried before knowing any real facts. Like gossipy washerwomen. Yes, he is in really bad shape but don't write him off unless you're his doctor(s).
The climate for law enforcement is really bad and really dangerous. All of us, in any first responder status need to be strong, careful and vigilant against those who would do us harm. And there are people out there just looking to do that. We all see how the cops in Baltimore are being unjustly hung out to dry. And these days it can happen anywhere.
And I'll say this: "If you're not with us, you're against us". No wiggle room at all.
****FYI: Still having computer issues so my postings haven't been as frequent. Hopefully things will be resolved within the next week or so.****
The Officer was taken off of life support this morning and passed not long after. Yesterday, over 100 officers gathered at court to witness the arraignment of the scum who murdered him. I found out about it too late too attend, especially since I live close by and in fact, used to be assigned in the same building. I've spent many days and nights in the very same courtroom and saw many friends on TV yesterday. I will be at the next court appearance on Friday. It just tears my heart out that another young and dedicated Police Officer has been murdered within a few miles of me. Even being retired, the pain of losing an active cop is palpable. A while ago, after completing some chores, I heard a few helicopters flying low nearby. I knew that it had to do with the murder but me being the dolt I am, I didn't realize that the news was videoing the Police ambulance carrying the body from the hospital. If I realized this, I would've gone right over to pay my respects with the hundreds of others doing the same. I will be going to the wake and to the funeral. As always, wherever you are, please stay safe.
The funeral arrangements have been made. Since the funeral seems to coincide with that bastard's court appearance, I'll be skipping in in favor of my right and proper place at the funeral of Police Officer Moore.
Yesterday was a very bad day all around. In addition to PO Moore's passing, two more NYPD officers were killed, both off-duty. One, due to being hit by a car while on his motorcycle and another who died in an accident while rock climbing in upstate New york. And then to make matters worse, there were a couple of LOD deaths around the country, including one officer in Idaho who shared the same last name of Moore. Jet Blue is once again doing the right thing by providing free air transportation to departments around the country for PO Moore's funeral. I support JET BLUE and I hope you do too. And just as an aside, my NY Mets are paying tribute tonight by saluting PO Moore via a moment of silence and a video presentation at tonight's game. And the team will be wearing NYPD caps. Also, they have a tribute sign outside the stadium. I couldn't be more proud.
Last Edit: May 5, 2015 15:18:22 GMT -5 by bluepride
Yesterday I attended the wake for PO Moore. After waiting on line for more than 2 hours, I paid my respects and left, as did thousands. Very sobering. Today I attended the funeral again with thousands from all over the USA, Canada and even Australia. I was lucky to be allowed inside the church for the services. I sat right behind family members of Police Officers who were slain in the line of duty. Safe to say I felt unworthy. To my left, about 3 bodies away, sat the young cop who was attacked with a hatchet to his head last fall. You remember that terrorist attack. Being among cops and families of cops who have suffered way more than I ever did was humbling to be sure. I was also behind the stoic parents and wife of PO (Detective) Liu who was assassinated last December.
The Mayor gave his dull boilerplate speech and the Commissioner gave a heartfelt tribute to the young officer and posthumously promoted him to Detective, 1st Grade. He became quite emotional as he announced the promotion. Ordinarily I would be outside the church among friends and colleagues from all over the country, catching up, cracking jokes, reminiscing and finally, standing at attention at the final procession. I did miss that but was grateful to be allowed inside.
Now we wait until the next time. And there will be a next time. For me, it's been a grueling couple of days but as I say, it's a small sacrifice compared to what Moore suffered. The heat, long hours of standing, cops passing out due to heat, hunger and stress were all worth it to honor a young man who leaves behind a loving family. Both blood and blue. I need a long nap right now.
And as predicted/expected....two Officers in Mississippi yesterday.... I just got back from visiting in DC for the last week and went to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. A little early for Police Week.....I was there in time to see a memorial being put on for a couple officers. I was pleased to see that our new US Attorney General actually made a very heartfelt speech, that didn't sound like just a canned obligatory bunch of words. For this, I was appreciative. I'll post some trip photos (like I often do) later.
Actually, what bad happened last week.... Yet another friend has passed away. He retired from NYPD in 1997 due to a heart condition. Over the years he has had heart problems and a serious battle with diabetes. About a year ago his foot was amputated. For the last few years he's been in hospitals more than he's been home. And for the last few months, in a nursing home. We almost lost him at the end of September. He had a heart attack and a mini-stroke and was comatose when I visited him then. Lo and behold, a few days later he calls me. He was the Energizer Bunny for years. On December 22 I went to see him at the nursing home and he looked and sounded good. I left when it was time for him to do some physical therapy. We had a good visit. On January 2, he called to wish me Happy New Years and again, he sounded good. He was happy to report that he walked 90 feet with his prosthetic foot and was looking forward to going even further that day.
One week ago, late at night, I checked some e-mail. There was a notification that he had passed earlier that day. Aside from the shock, I was also pissed that no one had called me to let me know. The next afternoon, I got a phone call with the news again. My "friend" seemed annoyed that I had found out the previous night. Go figure. Things get even hairier from there.... A while after hearing the news for the second time, I called his partner to offer condolences and to say I'm available if needed. They only live about 1 1/2 miles down the street from me. His partner had to go out of town on business for a few days but he had some of my friends relatives doing the groundwork for funeral plans. My other "friend" was apparently going to be assisting as well, according to him. And I was told that I might be needed as well. All fine and well.
Do you know that from one week ago until right now, not one word of any funeral information has been forthcoming??? People have been calling me for info and I have no idea what to tell them. The frustration level is at about 125% right now. I have to come clean and let you know that most of my "friends" are assholes. Pure and simple. I have a feeling that when the plans are actually made and announced, they'll be smack in the middle of the nor'easter snowstorm/blizzard we're expecting in the next few days. That's the way things work with most of the people I know. And it will be a "it has to happen right now" thing.
The deceased is actually a member here but he only posted once in 2005. He wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer but that's OK. It's just a shame that he couldn't catch a break in life and now in death, he still can't. There is no excuse for the incompetence of people over the last week. Rest In Peace, JC.
Post by edmontongreg on Jan 22, 2016 8:25:59 GMT -5
It is sad that happens, I find that guys in charge of things, especially our straight brothers are not the best communicators. They are so used to not showing anything they can't do when it is ok to do it. Hopefully it is not in the middle of snow ma whatever they call this one. At least you have remembered him.
Okay, call me an ass now and get it over with. I have always managed to share an opinion that was not necessarily asked for.... If your late friend's partner and other friends are insistent that the show must go on and that three more days in the cooler will just devastate their world, then this is about them and the drama they are deriving from it. Death and the rituals we go through to honor the dead, isn't for the dead. It is for the living to help mourn or celebrate or pay homage. At that point in the decedent's existence, it doesn't matter if they do it in three days or in two weeks. Any time schedule demanded for it, is for the benefit of the living and is "all about them" and the amount of drama they want to bring into it.
Well anyway......Yes, I've been lax again..... Just to bring things up to speed..... The night before the wake I got a notification that everything was postponed....again.... That was due to some legality having to do with cremation. The state demanded an autopsy since he was going to be cremated. It was just as well. We got clobbered with a storm so intense that even his partner and the family said there would be no way that there could have been a funeral. So everything was postponed until last Monday (wake) and Tuesday (funeral).
The weather was so much better and most of the snow was melted and there was a nice turnout, everything considered. Of course, some were too lazy to show up while others traveled in excess of 150 miles. He was in uniform which he would have loved and I saw some old friends and some members of that group I won't name. And some of his old straight co-workers were there also.
The funeral was on the morning of February 2. Again, a nice turnout and I have to say, a very nice tribute by our Ceremonial Unit. A piper, pallbearers, an honor guard and even a traffic detail to help with the traffic on the busy street where the funeral home was located. And me being the numbskull I can be sometimes, I came up with an idea that turned out would be too late to implement. The day of the wake I thought about making some calls to arrange for an aviation flyover as he was being carried to the hearse. Unfortunately it couldn't happen because the people I was going to contact were on their way to a vacation out of the country. Otherwise I know it could have happened with just a call to a good friend who could have hooked it up in a flash. It just turned out that it wasn't feasible at the last minute. All in all, everything turned out nicely. The delay turned out to be a blessing in disguise, mostly for the weather. We were even joking that it was the longest wake and funeral in history and that he was loving every second of it. (I'm sure he was)
After the brief service at the crematorium, (a creepy place) family and friends went to a nice restaurant/bar (a cop bar, actually) and relaxed a bit and ate and had a nice time. But by this time. I and some others were mentally drained, tired and physically kaput! The stress of the previous couple of weeks was lifted though.
Due to some of our friends being retired and living out of state, I actually took video of the exit from the funeral home to the hearse. In that way, I knew I could let them be part of everything. The PD did a wonderful job. Again, kudos 100%. Jerry was loving the attention! If I can swing it and do it correctly, I might indulge and try to post it here. It was impressive. And fitting. I know Jerry was looking down from heaven telling me to make sure it got on the 6'O Clock News. That would be Jerry to a T. Sorry, Jerry, no can do!
He could be a handful sometimes but he was a pure hearted, decent person who loved being a Police Officer and he was a good one.
*** If I can find a way to post the video here without too much difficulty, I'll edit this post and insert it here***