Philly officers say constant memorials for fallen officers are 'mixed blessings'

By Melissa Dribben
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — After they stood for three hours through a depressing memorial ceremony, Larry McDonald and his entourage were emotionally spent, and, frankly, ready for a round of beers and some comic relief.

They filed past the wall where the name of Patrick McDonald, Larry's son, was etched among those of other slain police officers. They found the bus for home, took their seats, and waited for other passengers to pile in. The driver finally shut the door and started the engine. From the back, a man's somber voice announced, "OK. This is the most appropriate time to say this."

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