A city says goodbye to Sgt. Simpson

November 24, 2008 4:09:44 AM PST
On Sunday night, hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Sgt. Simpson's family at the fallen officer's viewing.Sgt. Timothy Simpson's brother and sisters in blue marched down Academy Road.

Simpson's wife and four children watched with their broken hearts open for everyone to see.

"The family has been devastated, I mean, you can just see the pain etched across the face of Mrs. Simpson in particular and the young children. This is just something that just shouldn't have happened," Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

Sgt. Simpson died last Monday when his police cruiser collided with a car driven by William Foster, who was allegedly drunk, and on his way back to Levittown after coming to the city to buy heroin.

Foster has a lengthy arrest record for drugs and other offenses.

"It's hard not only on the men and women in the department, but certainly all the families that suffered the loss and I think the city as a whole, this is just a very difficult time for all of us," Commissioner Ramsey said.

And one that is becoming all too familiar.

Simpson is the fifth officer killed in the line of duty in 13 months.

One of them was his friend and colleague in the 24th district, Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, who was shot and killed in May.

"I consider the Liczbinski family and the Simpson family just part of my own family like my brothers and sisters and I would do anything for them and we will do anything for them that they need,' 24th District Commander Captatin Kevin Hodges said.

"It's just a horrible thing and there are no words to describe how we're feeling right now," Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Sgt. Simpson's superiors say that when his friend, Sgt. Liczbinski, was shot and killed he single handedly raised nearly $30,000 from area businesses for the family.

Sadly, someone else will now have to return the favor.

You will be able to view the funeral of Sgt. Timothy Simpson on 6abc.com beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

On television, the funeral can be seen on over the air channel 6-2 and Comcast digital cable channel 245.

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