City remembers and honors Sgt. Simpson

March 8, 2009 3:28:38 PM PDT
A slain Philadelphia police sergeant was honored posthumously for his service and sacrifice.A slain Philadelphia police sergeant was honored posthumously for his service and sacrifice.

They gathered at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard inside the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Sunday.

The service was one of the oldest and most highly regarded for fallen heroes.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey presented a bronze medal to the family of Sergeant Tim Simpson.

Simpson was a 20-year police veteran who lost his life in a crash in October of 2008.

"Even though he was a supervisor, he died responding to a call. That was typical for him, he was the kind of individual that gave everything he had to give, not only to the department, but to the city as a whole," Commissioner Ramsey said.

"It's one of the highest awards given out by the Four Chaplains and it shows his work was recognized. He was a good police officer, a good family man, and it's a great tribute to his family to be here today to receive the award on his behalf," F.O.P. President John McNesby said.

Sgt. Simpson was seen putting the handcuffs on the wrists of Eric Floyd, the accused killer of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski.

Simpson was later appointed to replace Licbinzki in his supervisory role at the 24th district.

Simpson's family was on hand, and they were certain he was also among the crowd.

"I'm sure he's very thankful for it, as well," stepson Mike Simpson said.

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