Cop who died after crash had 'heart of gold'

There are 6 comments on the Home News Tribune story from Jul 14, 2006, titled Cop who died after crash had 'heart of gold'. In it, Home News Tribune reports that:

Police officer Rafael Mercedes Jr. always wanted to make a difference. Family and friends said he organized disaster relief to the Dominican Republic in 1998 following the hurricane season and arranged for ...

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felix ortega

Perth Amboy, NJ

#1 Jul 16, 2006
I had the pleasure of meeting this officer at my place of work RBMC and he was the greatest guy.. He had a heart of gold
Carl Aabye of Fargo

Fargo, ND

#2 Jul 16, 2006
I like sucess stories so tell me it isn't true that only the good die young. I see Gerald Ford just made 93 and Jimmy Carter is getting to look more like his mother Lillian.
Rosie Gonzalez Dannible

Hamilton, Bermuda

#3 Jul 17, 2006
Hamilton, Bermuda
Words can not describe the sadness I felt after hearing about Ralphy's passing. I take comfort in knowing our memories of him only make us remember him with a smile.
Carl Aabye of Fargo

Fargo, ND

#4 Jul 21, 2006
I don't want to appear insensitive as my dad was a fire fighter for 35 years. When I think about 9-11 I equate our brave public servants as our service men in a war zone--Ours is not to ask as why ours is but to do and die.
Fran Urnari-Schreiber

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Aug 8, 2006
After a devestating house fire on January 18, 1998, my family and I relocated to the lower Florida Keys. We found that the people here are friendly and very cooperative when a "new conch" (an expression for new residents come to the "Conch Republic". I have found the Keys, along with my family to be delightful.

Even though during the years I have been here, we have been hit by several devestating hurricanes, starting with Hurricane George, which landed in the Big Pine Key area (mile marker 30) and ended with last seasons' Hurricane Wilma, which left many of us having to start over.

I have never seen anything like the cooperation I saw after these storms left many of us homeless, having to start over. I've personally done that before (beginning with divorces and ending with our house fire on New Dover Road in Colonia, New Jersey. People did help us during the "fire incident", but I guarantee it was nothing like the cooperation and help received after our "hurricanes."

If only New Jersey had the type of people who would do just about anything to help their "neighbors", New Jersey would be a much better place. I lived in New Jersey over 33 years (born in Perth Amboy in 1954 and living my young adult life in Fords, Woodbridge, and Colonia. I went to college in Glassboro, now called "Rowan University", I raised my children there, but I have to say that we now have a first generation "Conch" born April of 2004. Gage Michael Calitri-Arnold is fortunate to live in Paradise, even though he is still to small to realize what a priviledge to live here.

Therefore, I had to send my comment to my "Hometown" newspaper, The Home News Tribune. The Florida Keys are not just for fishing, vacation and Fantasy Fest, it is a place for people who want to live in an environment second to none.

Thank you.
Fran Urnari-Schreiber

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#6 Aug 8, 2006
One final note on my comment to your paper, my parents, John J. Urnari and Betty Anne Urnari both died in 1980. Very little was said about them and it was a shame. They both deserved better eulogies, especially because they were both veterans in World War II (Army Air Corp. where they met, married, and became parents.) My dad was born and raised in Perth Amboy, my mom coming from Iron Mountain, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin. They died five months apart. There were only a few people, most of which have now departed this life for a much better one, knew the real "them."

THANKS AGAIN.

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