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Procession for Balto. Co. officer to affect traffic Sat.

There are 13 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Procession for Balto. Co. officer to affect traffic Sat.. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Parts of the Baltimore Beltway, Interstate 795 and Interstate 83 will be closed tomorrow afternoon by a funeral procession for Lt.

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MrEd

Parkville, MD

#1 Aug 15, 2008
With all respect for the Police Officers, these parades should be stopped. They are too disruptive. Tying up major highways for long periods of time just isn't right. The funeral services should take place at the graveyard and visitors should come and go on their own. A small procession for the immediate family should suffice.
fedup

Mount Airy, MD

#2 Aug 15, 2008
you said it ed. this qualifies as a circus. how does a guy having a stroke qualify as a line of duty accident.
from the pictures, looks like howe could have used a few less doughnuts.
MrEd wrote:
With all respect for the Police Officers, these parades should be stopped. They are too disruptive. Tying up major highways for long periods of time just isn't right. The funeral services should take place at the graveyard and visitors should come and go on their own. A small procession for the immediate family should suffice.
Sans Tache

Chester, VA

#3 Aug 15, 2008
This the Police Dept.'s way of reminding everyone that they are performing a job that very very few people would want. Let' face it- the only news a policeman recieves is BAD NEWS! The calls come from adults who can't handle a given situation. Or from those witnessing a criminal or civil crime.

It is a small sacrifice for people who have to deal with misery and human suffering all week long. No wonder so many cops retire at 20 years on the button!

As far as him deserving such a tribute he was obviously well liked and charismatic. I am certain his fellow policeman think he is deserving of such consideration.
north carroll resident

Baltimore, MD

#4 Aug 15, 2008
Yes a small sacrifice, but if you travel to North Carroll County, you will discover that MD 30 is the route to 795 and points south. I am assuming that the closure is for a short period of time. A detailed schedule of the road closings could really be helpful. We can travel about 10 extra miles and get on MD 140 to go south. So if I travel south on MD 140, will I be able to get over to Reisterstown Rd.? So if the Sun and Police could provide a little more info, I would not be concerned.
Chuck

Baltimore, MD

#5 Aug 15, 2008
Mike was a class act, more than I'm seeing here. Also, in Maryland, cardiovascular disease is presumed to be line-of-duty for police and firefighters.
Stuttering John

Towson, MD

#6 Aug 15, 2008
Chuck wrote:
Mike was a class act, more than I'm seeing here. Also, in Maryland, cardiovascular disease is presumed to be line-of-duty for police and firefighters.
One comment was classless, but the idea of tieing up 1/3 of the county on a busy Saturday makes no sense. Cops have this view of themselves that they are above others..most are report takers and tax collectors for the govt, especially the State Police who don't provide any value that I can see. Firefighters who save lives ,ake a difference, not the "lady I'm just filing a report" attitude that most have (detectives and crime solvers excepted)
george

Towson, MD

#7 Aug 15, 2008
These displays border on the pornographic. What troubles me even more is the very clear message that a police officer's life is worth much more than a regular citizen's. The circus needs to be curtailed but reality states that no politician will lead this charge. What's needed is a grass roots effort.

When you think about this it is truly a nightmare situation. Simply put, no one can control the police.
Greg L

Baltimore, MD

#8 Aug 15, 2008
The parade/ceremony/funeral honoring the life of a fallen police officer should be a good thing. However, tying up the highways to do so is a poor idea. What if someone has need of an emergency service (fire/ambulance/etc) while the highways are closed? Given the heavy to impossible traffic that such closings will afflict upon "alternative routes", I fully expect that the closing of major transportation routes will, at some point, cost someone his/her life.
Matt

Bethesda, MD

#9 Aug 15, 2008
Most of you on here make me sick. This man might have taken someone of the streets that could have harmed you. Instead of a honor most of you petty people are worried about having to drive ten minutes out of the way. Let me ask you would you step in front of a bullet for another person or run into a burning building?

This man most likely made less money then 90% of you and did more for the quality of your life then you will ever know.

Is it so much to ask that show a little respect? Once again the uptight Towson jerks show there face.
george

Towson, MD

#10 Aug 15, 2008
Oh Matt,

How about a little respect for the Army. No one's funeral from Iraq tied up 4 major routes.

And for perspective...your garbage hauler and the tech who runs the water treatment plant are 100x more important than a Baltimore County cop who dropped dead from a stroke.

Face it, these overt displays are purely political. It ensures the cops have weight for their next round of budget talks.

No one. No one. No one requires the displays these self serving fools put on unless they earn the Congressional Medal of Honor - the highest tribute of our country.

Matt, take a long hard look on how your daily life unfolds. Food, water and electricity flow to you like proverbial honey. But a cop? Well, let's shut down the highways for a cop.

Does this seem right?
Marlene

Pensacola, FL

#11 Aug 18, 2008
The old adage about the man lamenting about having no shoes until he met a man having no feet certainly applies here. I do not agree with closing down major roadways for something of this nature. Really, the guy is already dead and I am sure everyone in the funeral procession is not racing to arrive at the cemetary. However, I also do not agree with people who are ignorant enough to intrude on other people, cutting them off when they are OBVIOUSLY in a funeral procession. That has happened twice to me and the people with whom I was riding. Oh yeah, the shoes/no feet adage comes into play where I now (unfortunately) reside in Northwest Florida panhandle. When there is a funeral procession, EVERYONE pulls over, no matter what side of the road you are on. Found this out by missing slamming into someone just shy of a paint job. The entire scenario was orchestrated as if an ambulance or police car was enroute to an emergency call. I wrote to the newpaper editor, DOT, and police about this ill conceived practice, stating that the person is already dead--what's the freakin' rush. IT HAPPENS HERE WITH EVERY F@#$%ING FUNERAL. Common sense would dictate that you DO NOT cross or otherwise interrupt a funeral procession. Closing down roads or making people pull over for a non emergency is outright ludicrous. Hey, Maryland, I will return because no matter how idiotic it is to shut down major roadways during a busy portion of the day, it can't compare to the stupidity of what I am dealing with here in the panhandle. To the cop's family, I am very, very sorry for your loss, God Bless.
Matt

Bethesda, MD

#12 Aug 19, 2008
George

Do you want to know how my life unfolds.. I will tell you everyday I get up put on my fire department uniform and say goodbye to wife and kids. I do this because I'm going to put my life on the line to maybe save yours!! And this is why all public service deserve these honors because people like you that don't care about the police, firefighter /paramedics until you need us. So we take the crap from idiots like you then fix YOUR problems when you set your house on fire or when your talking on cell phone and cause and accident and need to be taken to the hospital.

Just remember George don't take it out on the people you really wish you were .I'm sure being fry boy at McD's is rewarding enough.
LOVE JET NOISE

United States

#13 Aug 19, 2008
I bet none of you will complain about Michael Phelps and his parade??? No doubt Baltimore needs good news and a positive role model, like Phelps, but I think we can show some respect and gratitude to the Men and Women who risk their lives everyday to protect us!!! Where do all of you people need to go in such a hurry that a funeral disrupts your whole entire day??? Find an alternate route you ungrateful P.O.S.!!!!! Thank you Matt for what you do and I pray for you and your family.

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