To young boy, officer a hero

To young boy, officer a hero

There are 69 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 13, 2010, titled To young boy, officer a hero. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

It was a June day, moments before roughly 700 people set out on a motorcycle ride meant to raise money to fight neurofibromatosis, a condition that afflicts 8-year-old Dylan Thompson.

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wow

Oklahoma City, OK

#1 Sep 13, 2010
My condolences go out to the family. This is such an unfortunate and tragic death, I hope this punk suffers for this.
Westford

Boston, MA

#2 Sep 13, 2010
This is a tragedy. My heart goes to the family and the Lowell police department. Why do people drink, drive and take other people's lives? It's just not right.
Tyngsboro

United States

#3 Sep 13, 2010
My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, especially the wife and children of the officer. May God give them the strength to get through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
CondoDweller

Randolph, MA

#4 Sep 13, 2010
What a horrible tragedy... My heartfelt sympathies go out to the officer's family left behind. Such a senseless death...I hope the drunk driver is haunted by this event for the rest of his remaining days on this earth.
lowell

Lowell, MA

#6 Sep 13, 2010
If anything positive can come out of this devastating tragedy, it's that Lowell Police will now aggressively go after drunk drivers. Because of my profession, it has been my obsevration that many intoxicated drivers who are pulled over get sent to the ER for "medical evaluation" without so much as a ticket if it was deemed that the driver did not cause any significant property damage or injury to another person. This practice has been going on for several years now. I was hoping something like this would never happen where an off duty officer is killed, but it did. This is meant as no disrespect to Officer Johnson or to his family. LPD needs to come out of this stronger, as a department, and as a community.
Lowellneighbor

Canton, MA

#7 Sep 13, 2010
Lindsey I am so sorry for your loss you are in my prayers
hot head

Dedham, MA

#8 Sep 13, 2010
My thoughts and prayers for the family and friends. I will never understand why bad things happen to great people. God bless!
just wondering

United States

#11 Sep 13, 2010
My heart goes out to the family of this officer. This is a senseless tragedy that never should have happened. Two young children will grow up without ever knowing their loving father and a young widow will have the imge of this in her mind forever. PJ sounded like a stand up guy, a dedicated parent and husband as well as being a fine upstanding officer who put himself out there for the good of his community. Where is the fairness in it all? Where is the regard for life?
no judgement

Brookline, MA

#14 Sep 13, 2010
Prayers go out to all involved in this tragedy and yes, this includes the 26 year old and his family. I am sure they are devastated by this as well. One stupid mistake is all it takes...I can proudly say I have never had a drink and got behind the wheel of my car - how many of you can say the same?
Mr Garrison

Lowell, MA

#17 Sep 13, 2010
TAX PAYER CITY OF LOWELL wrote:
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This is a very sad loss to many people. Please look at all the possibilities>>> >>>>>>> >>>>
I would want to know what the report is on the OFF duty cop.. I hope this is investigated by the HIGH COMMAND and the City. Remember this Officer was OFF DUTY-Was he drinking? For him to fly off his bike and go 60/70 ft into another yard---HOW FAST WAS THIS GUY GOING? As a taxpayer in the City--Remember this is not a POLICE FUNERAL-he was off duty.
You're kind of a dink huh?
Jean

Brighton, MA

#18 Sep 13, 2010
It is a tragedy when an officer loses his life by such a means as an alleged drunk driver. My prayers go out to his wife and children - children who will grow without a father and a young mother now responsible to play both roles. As an elite member of the motorcycle unit for the LPD, he knew how to ride. There are times when the best of the best can't overcome a situation. We live in a city where for many people stop signs and red lights are only suggestions. Being an ex-military police officer, I see a lot. We could always say that more enforcement is needed but the good folks of the LPD can't be everywhere all the time. They can only do the best they can. May you rest in peace, Patrick, in the loving embrace of God.
Maggie

Salem, MA

#19 Sep 13, 2010
Thank you for those comments. It's good to see someone with some true empathy for a very tragic situation.
be respectful wrote:
The other thread was removed because of stupid, hateful remarks. Keep this one civil please. The man was hit because the other driver ploughed into him when he ran the stop sign. Plain and simple. Stop trying to stir up contraversy where there is none and have some respect.
rjbjr

Lowell, MA

#20 Sep 13, 2010
My condolences go out to the Johnson family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with the loss of your husband, father and son.
Christina

Clearwater, FL

#21 Sep 13, 2010
A sad day for the Lowell Police but especially for the officers' family.
DracutDad

Bronx, NY

#22 Sep 13, 2010
TAX PAYER CITY OF LOWELL wrote:
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This is a very sad loss to many people. Please look at all the possibilities>>> >>>>>>> >>>>
I would want to know what the report is on the OFF duty cop.. I hope this is investigated by the HIGH COMMAND and the City. Remember this Officer was OFF DUTY-Was he drinking? For him to fly off his bike and go 60/70 ft into another yard---HOW FAST WAS THIS GUY GOING? As a taxpayer in the City--Remember this is not a POLICE FUNERAL-he was off duty.

You are an A$$. This guy is and was a great role model. So is Moriarty, both good guys. Why would you take the time to put such an awful message? My heart goes out to all concerned.
DracutDad

Bronx, NY

#23 Sep 13, 2010
Mr Garrison wrote:
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You're kind of a dink huh?
I agree with you.
tHE wEST nEWTON kID

Lowell, MA

#24 Sep 13, 2010
My condolences to the family and friends.
A REAL Highlander

Merrimack, NH

#25 Sep 13, 2010
I grew up in the Highlands and I can name many bad intersections. I still to this day am afraid to go by Burnside, Sayles and Foster Streets when driving my car and Motocycle. I suppose nothing will be done because it is a STATE ROAD. That is why nothing has ever been done in the past. If people who have passed on in the past could only return to tell some stories of past accident you wouldn't beleive them. So sorry to the Johnson Family.
Lowell Resident

West Roxbury, MA

#26 Sep 13, 2010
Thank you for your sacrifice P.J! A wonderful man indeed. Rest peacefully. My heart goes out to Officer Johnson's family & friends.
Hash Browns

Lowell, MA

#27 Sep 13, 2010
I second that motion. Mr. Taxpayer is kind of a dink. At least they removed his cowardly comment.
Mr Garrison wrote:
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You're kind of a dink huh?

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