By William Tauro
This is a really nice story. People only hear the bad things about cops, but don’t know when they occasionally do nice things — like on this past Friday, the Fourth of July.
Somerville Police Officer Detective Katie McDaid put out a department-
wide email about an elderly woman who got ripped off of all her money, and in less than 12 hours, members of the Somerville Police Department donated well over $1000.
It’s not the first time that the Somerville Police have done this kind of thing and we thought it would make a nice story.
Katie’s letter to the Somerville Police Department is as follows:
“Good Evening All,
The attached photo is of a black male suspect who committed an Unarmed Robbery at the Shaw’s Twin City on July 4th.
He robbed and elderly female of her entire monthly check totaling $710.00.
This poor woman lives paycheck to paycheck and is now left without any money for the remainder of the month.
If anyone can ID him please contact me ASAP.
Have a great weekend!!!!
This isn’t the first time that the Somerville Police Department stepped up to the plate.
Detective McDaid has done a similar good deed for someone in need. About a year and a half ago, Detective McDaid was assigned to a death investigation involving a young child, maybe about eight years old or younger. The family didn’t have enough money to pay for the funeral expenses. Katie sent out a similar email and raised a large amount of money from department members to pay a significant portion of the expenses.
She and a few other officers also attended the funeral. This is the kind of compassion that few people see in police officers but goes on more often than you think.
Many years ago, the late Det. Arthur Regan was assigned to investigate the robbery of a blind elderly woman near the Winter Hill Star Market, where she had just finished her grocery shopping. She was injured in the incident and was taken to the hospital and lost all of her groceries. Det. Regan found her shopping list and replaced all of the missing groceries at his own expense. This stuff really does happen.
Congratulations to Somerville Police Detective Katie McDaid and to the entire members of the Somerville Police Department on a job well done!