Public outpouring of support on P.E.I. follows deadly Moncton shootings

Jim Day
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Danny Murphy sponsoring public meet, greet police officers at Tim Hortons stores across P.E.I. next week

Sure, we know a police officer’s job is dangerous.

Although that thought may not be front and centre when we are getting pulled over for speeding. Or when we read about the rare bad apple in a police force getting into trouble.

Certainly the fact police put their lives on the line every single day they go to work has been on the minds of many over the past couple days.

A gunman killing three RCMP officers and injuring two others Wednesday in Moncton has that reality hitting home. Hard.

P.E.I. businessman Danny Murphy has been given more than passing thought to the important — and at times deadly — job performed by police following this week’s tragedy. He wants to commend police officers for their dedication to protecting society. He is inviting the public to do the same.

Murphy says a meet and greet with local law enforcers will take place next week at four different Tim Hortons locations in P.E.I.

“Just a chance to say ‘thank you,’’’ he says. “Just a chance for the general public to say ‘maybe we don’t say this enough, but thank you for your protection.’’’

If the outpouring of support expressed Friday from residents of P.E.I. is any indication, the turnout should be strong. RCMP detachments across the province were being flooded with flowers, gift cards and food.

Horns were blowing in a show of support. Flags were lowered in a gesture of respect.

“It’s been wonderful,’’ says Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther, the Queens District commander.

“People of all ages coming to the front door to drop off gifts...an elderly man yesterday dropped to his knees in tears singing praises in a show of support for the work being done in Moncton, and elsewhere.’’

Island RCMP are asking the public to extend their gestures of kindness to a foundation being set up to support the families of the members killed this week as the “ultimate gift’’ to any RCMP office.

Further details on how to provide a donation will be provided soon and will be posted on the RCMP national website www.rcmp-grc.ca.

As for Murphy’s rallying call, the public are encouraged to drop in between 9 and 10 a.m. at the following Tim Hortons locations next week to show police their appreciation for doing a difficult and dangerous job:

— Tuesday in Summerside at the Granville Street location.

— Wednesday in Charlottetown at the St. Peters Road location.

— Thursday in Montague.

— Friday in O’Leary.

Organizations: RCMP, Tim Hortons

Geographic location: P.E.I., Moncton, Summerside Granville Street Charlottetown Peters Road Montague O’Leary

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  • Shirley Wood
    June 07, 2014 - 13:59

    Thank you, Danny, for organizing this event. God Bless all RCMP Officers who lay down their lives to protect us. I'm extremely proud of our Officers on PEI. I've always Prayed to God to protect them as they protect us. When each & every Officer leaves their home and their loved ones they never know what they will really confront. The RCMP are deeply loved, much more than they realize and I've always thanked them when I see an Officer. Be safe in the line of duty, everyone, and I send God's highest Blessings.

  • This is close to home
    June 07, 2014 - 11:56

    We may not like some of things that our police are mandated to do,but they have to save lives be it traffic enforcement or possibly deal with our family members who commit offences it is their duty...but I respect what they do.....we now see the human side of the realities of the profession in the different Police Forces.... the RCMP have lost 16 killed in the line of duty in the last 11 years as they stood in the thin blue line....11 murdered while confronting armed perpetrators,My best neighbour is a retired mountie, he is there if anybody needs help..he and many more who served and serving are greiving .I went to his home to thank him.. and he had bravery awards on his wall with his medals..I did not know he was hero .....he is just an ordinary guy ...who saved someone or family several times in his service., and almost never came home to his own...His wife can tell you everytime he faced danger ,she can tell you how those families in Moncton are feeling..she is glad he is retired.I look at him differently now....I look at them all differently....Think of the families in Moncton....and here on our own island....thank them for serving and for their service.

  • Much better
    June 07, 2014 - 10:33

    Much better than the mockery that you printed. No doubt you will say it was meant to show how it affected the whole country? Comes off as more, "look, someone got shot!" and it blew all of Atlantic Canada off the map, especially when you compare it to what others published. You took next to no time drawing Canada, but you seem to have a lot of time focussing on how much detail you could get in the gunshot, which no doubt is supposed to remind us of the shot out window in the cruiser. Hard to explain how disrespectful I felt it was when I opened yesterday's paper.