Remembering Officer Cassidy - Philadelphia News

WEST OAK LANE - November 1, 2008

Just outside the door where Officer Chuck Cassidy took his last steps, friends placed burning candles.

The moment concluded a touching ceremony remembering the slain officer.

It was Halloween morning of last year when Officer Cassidy pulled up to the Dunkin Donuts at 66th and Broad Street in his police SUV, like he did almost everyday, but unbeknownst to him, he was walking into a robbery in progress.

At that moment, authorities say John Lewis shot him once in the head.

Barbara Blackford, an officer in the 35th district, now drives Cassidy's SUV.

Chuck is painted on the side door and his face adorns the rear window.

She said his family couldn't make the ceremony because it's just too emotional, but even in this time of sadness, Cassidy's wife found some humor.

"She's away, we spoke a little on the phone. It was actually funny and those of you that know Chuck will understand this, she says to me you know why the Phillies won the World Series....because chuck wanted everybody to get overtime," Officer Blackford said.

Cassidy's friends say the hero is gone, but the legend lives on.

Those touching words mean a lot to his wife and kids who had a few words of their own for this one year anniversary.

"Any of you who knew chuck knew that he respected life and your show of support tonight on his behalf is a great testament to Chuck's life. We just want to thank you, so thanks again. The Cassidy family," Officer Blackford said as she read a note from Cassidy family.

Officer Cassidy's alleged killer, John Lewis, is still awaiting trial for his murder.

But tonight, all those at the vigil say they were lucky to have known Officer Chuck Cassidy.

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