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Bidding Farewell To A Friend

By Wyatt Earp | September 30, 2008

I am really getting sick and tired of seeing my co-workers buried.

Viewing began this morning for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Center City.

The casket carrying McDonald’s body was brought to the cathedral at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in a pre-dawn procession led by a single, riderless white horse.

Police from departments as far as Reading and Vineland came to pay respects to the fallen eight-year veteran.

“There is a tremendous amount of sadness that all of us feel,” said Mayor Nutter outside the cathedral.

He asked the public to pray for McDonald’s family and for the speedy recovery of Officer Richard Bowes, who also was shot during the incident last Tuesday. (

A memorial fund has been set up in Officer McDonald’s name. Donations may be sent here:

Officer Patrick McDonald Trust Fund
Police and Fire Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Topics: McDonald Murder | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Bidding Farewell To A Friend”

  1. RT Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I watched the funeral on television, today. I kept wondering how you all do it right now. Yeah, it’s your job, but the must be taking a hit.

    While I was listening to his uncle speak about him I had an image of clearly devoted and focused man seeking to do the right things for his city.

    Another sad day. As always, you are in my prayers.

  2. RT Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, it’s your job, but the must be taking a hit.

    “…but the morale must be taking a hit.”

  3. Trixie Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    RIP Officer McDonald

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    RT – Believe me, morale cannot get much worse here.

    Trixie – A fine and decent man by all accounts.

  5. USA_Admiral Says:
    September 30th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Godspeed and Rest in Peace.