Thursday, November 1, 2007

Honoring The Fallen

in memory of Ofc. Chuck Cassidy

I'm Just Like You
author unknown

I have been where you fear to be;
I have seen what you fear to see;
I have done what you fear to do;
All these things I have done for you.

I am the one you lean upon,
The one you cast your scorn upon,
The one you bring your troubles to,
All these things I have been for you.

The one you ask to stand apart,
The one you feel should have no heart,
The one you call the "man in blue";
But I am a person, just like you.

And through the years,
I have come to see
That I am not what you ask of me.
So take this badge, take this gun;
Will you take it? - Will anyone?

And when you watch a person die
And hear a battered baby cry,
Then do you think that you can be
All these things you ask of me?

* * * * *

Officer Killed In Line Of Duty Remembered

Chuck Cassidy Family Memorial Trust Fund


For 25 years Officer Chuck Cassidy chose to dedicate his life to protecting the citizens of Philadelphia.

On October 31, 2007, while doing what he loved most, Officer Cassidy, a member of the 35th Police District, was gunned down on the very streets he was working to protect.

Chuck Cassidy, a 54-year-old husband, to Judith and father of three to Jody, Casey and Colby, succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at Albert Einstein Medical Center. At about 9:40 a.m., November 1, with his family by his side, Officer Cassidy was at peace.

Officer Cassidy, a member of St. Jerome's Parish in Winchester Park, was described by a fellow parishioner and officer as a very happy person who loved his job.

"Myself and the entire Philadelphia Police Department feel as though we have lost a family member," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson.

The American flag at Albert Einstein Medical Center now flies at half-staff and black bunting is draped at the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters, all solemn reminders of a fallen husband, father, comrade and friend. The face of Officer Cassidy has been forever etched in the hearts of those who knew him and those who learned of him and his tragic passing.

"We are deeply appreciative of all the support and prayers of the police, the clergy, the community and many folks we don't even know." - Cassidy Family Statement.

Now a city is in mourning. A protector has been lost, but never forgotten and the search for his killer continues.

Officer Cassidy is the 259th Philadelphia Police Officer to die in the Line of Duty.

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