Remembering a Philly hero. If you’d like to discuss this story or anything real estate related please send me an email: [email protected]. This edition of Around the Block was originally published on Saturday, 3/13/21.
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Today I want to talk about a true Philadelphia hero. And I want to do my part to make sure he is not forgotten. It is a terribly sad story, but I believe a very important one. He was murdered one year ago today.
I did not know him, but I know his widow. Not well. In fact, I did not even know that her husband was a Philadelphia Police Corporal until the day he was killed, and it made front page news. Terri O’Connor was the Registrar of The Philadelphia School, where my boys are now in 5th grade and Kindergarten. She also regularly sat at the school’s front desk, so I saw her all the time, but really knew her just well enough to say “hi.”
Philadelphia Police Cpl. James O’Connor IV was the first Philadelphia Police officer killed in the line of duty since 2015. He and other members of the PPD SWAT team were serving a murder warrant on a violent gang member who was holed up in a Frankford apartment. This dangerous criminal then fired his rifle blindly through a door, striking and fatally wounding Cpl. O’Connor, who died shortly thereafter at Temple University Hospital.
Remember that this happened in the very first days of the pandemic, so the family could not even hold a proper funeral. Sadly, we are more accustomed to this now, but we were certainly not used to this horror on March 13, 2020.
In the piece, Terri O’Connor is quoted, “on a rainy Friday in March, my world and my entire family’s lives were turned upside down.”
Terri has since left her job at TPS. In addition to Terri, according to the article, James O’Connor was survived by a daughter and a son and daughter-in-law and their baby daughter (they now have another on the way). The piece also noted that Terri and James were one month shy of their 25th wedding anniversary.
Sergeant James O’Connor, IV (he was posthumously promoted) died protecting the residents of the Frankford neighborhood and all Philadelphians from a mass murderer who had taken the lives of at least several innocent people, destroying their families as well. His name is not worth mentioning here, but another Inquirer article noted that he bragged about this murder from his cell.
I know this is a sad story and not what I would usually write. But yesterday’s article really touched me.
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