Children show support for police

September 24, 2008 4:53:48 PM PDT
A steady stream of tributes were offered to the police force Wednesday, the day after officer Patrick McDonald was shot and killed. Among those who came to the Fraternal Order of Police were fifth-graders from the Mathematics and Civics Charter School on North Broad. More than half the class have relatives who wear a badge.

"Thank you for protecting and serving our community. Sorry for your loss," the children said in unison.

The children made cards and delivered them to the FOP headquarters, which is just around the corner. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter were on hand, and quite moved by the show of kindness.

Back in class, the children discussed the tragedy with their teacher. The shooting happened just two miles from their school.

Some could not help but think of their own loved ones in law enforcement.

"I wanted to make the officers and other people in the highway patrol feel better for the loss of Patrick McDonald," said Lisa Durham, whose parents are both police officers. Her father is a member of highway patrol, just like Patrick McDonald.

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