Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thank You

Hello World Family,

It has been an extremely busy time as you all know, but I wanted to pause and thank all of you who have sent prayers and condolences via email, phone calls, text messages, etc. concerning Pittsburgh's tremendous loss this week of three dedicated police officers.

As some of you know, Paul Scuillo II was a graduate of Central Catholic and a golf team member. While at Bayer, Dove won the Viewer's Choice Award from the BAYER Cause Challenge, a student environmental film festival/contest, he was a golf volunteer at Schenley (now the Bob O’Conner Golf Course)where my daughter was an active student participant and instructor for 8 years. Officer Kelly is a fixture in the East End and a wonderful dedicated husband and father of young women.

I am still trying to come to grips with the incident that caused this loss, and its senselessness, but your comforting expressions of support for their families, our community and acknowledgement our personal sorrow has been tremendous. This is one of the upsides of networks like this: it enables us to touch each other even when our arms cannot reach.

Expressions of condolence and prayer have arrived from around the country, and some from around the world. I especially want to acknowledge our Canadian Brothers and Sisters, who have traveled here just to offer their support. From law enforcement to public officials to wonderful friends, thank you for making the journey here to be with us during this trial of emotion. I will never be able to properly put into words how grateful I am for your support. It is good to see you, and comforting hear from you.

As our Brother Steve Carpenter, a member of the Toronto Police Service said today, " No boundaries here." He is so right.

We are Family.
They are simple words, but I hope they convey what is in my heart:
Thank you, bless you, I love you.


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