Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holiday Week

This week has been full; I was in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday and the City was teeming with people. Some schools in New York State have off this week. Some the week after. Some are celebrating Passover this weekend; some Easter, for many there's both. It's a busy time. Spring has sprung in the Northeast and the collective joy of those early rays of sunshine is palpable. Even us jaded New Yorkers find smiling a little easier.
Crowding the joy is sadness, violence, and blame. The News never leads with the happy stories; yesterday's news talked about a fire at Macy's Flagship Store in NYC, commuters being mugged getting off their trains in little towns in Westchester, and an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer having been shot dead.
I have a special place in my heart for the men and women who volunteer their time in order to help out their communities. They receive no pay and very little respect.
Therefore I decided to give this guy a little respect: 
Cops responding to a 911 call at about 6 a.m. yesterday found Francky Aleger, 39, with a gunshot wound to his back at East 95 Street and Glenwood Road in Canarsie, (Brooklyn) authorities said. He had been on his way to work at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Medics took him to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.
Cops have not made any arrests yet.
Investigators suspect robbery as a motive.
Aleger, an immigrant from Haiti, was married with two sons.
Aleger volunteered with the NYPD's Auxiliary Police in Manhattan. Several auxiliary police officers came to the Alegar home to pay their respects and show their support for his wife and children.
Auxiliary police officers are uniformed civilians who act as the eyes and ears of the NYPD and assist with street patrols, traffic control, and other tasks. They do not carry firearms.

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