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

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

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on June 6, 2014

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.