Perrysburg youths honored fallen NYPD officersWritten by Danielle Stanton | | email@example.com
Twelve year-old Adam Weist of Perrysburg was outraged after two Brooklyn police officers were shot and killed, execution style, while sitting in their marked police cruiser Dec. 20, 2014.
“That’s something that shouldn’t happen,” Adam said during a recent telephone interview. “I don’t think it’s right to just walk out and kill two police officers. I mean, they’re the ones that stand between us and the monsters. It’s like, ‘Are you serious?’ That’s not even cool.”
Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant when they were shot point-blank in the head by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Moments later, Brinsley was dead after turning the gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.
Adam and pal Tyler Sabo, 17 also of Perrysburg, decided to do something positive in honor of the fallen officers. They made a condolesence book, wrote NYPD R.I.P. across the cover, and collected about 350 signatures from officers at police stations across Northwest Ohio to mail to the 84th Precinct where Liu and Ramos were assigned.
“It was about showing people care,” said Adam, whose mother is a police dispatcher and father is a baliff and firefighter. “I would say I have a pretty close connection (to police officers).”
Diane Miscannon of Toledo is another person with a close connection to police officers. Miscannon, who volunteers at the Toledo Police Museum, is the daughter of William Miscannon, a Toledo Police officer who was shot and killed while sitting in his marked police car — just like Liu and Ramos.
Miscannon was volunteering at the Toledo Police Museum the day Adam and his father showed up to get signatures.
“I looked at the book which had a NYPD badge drawn on the front with a black line through it. I looked at the pages and those two went to Port Clinton, Sandusky, Rossford, Perrysburg, Maumee, etc., and had almost 250 signatures in it. I was so touched by this young man’s efforts and his father supporting his son’s idea, I signed the book with a note and I told them both that my father was a fallen officer with Toledo and I was 10 at (my) dad’s murder. I also told him he has no idea of how loving his book is and how much it will be appreciated. It brought a tear to my eye (as it is now) and I gave that kid such a hug,” Miscannon wrote in an email to the Toledo Free Press.
Patrolman Miscannon was killed in 1970 while sitting in his patrol car at the intersection of Dorr and Junction Avenues, outside the headquarters building for the Black Panthers Party during race riots. A vehicle pulled up behind Patrolman Miscannon’s patrol car and one of the occupants walked up and shot him at point-blank range. The suspect was charged with Patrolman Miscannon’s murder but acquitted after two hung juries.
Diane Miscannon participated in a walk in Toledo on Jan. 11 to honor the fallen NYPD officers and made a sign for her father. She talked openly with TFP about her feelings surrounding her father’s death.
“I will admit, dad’s murder was the first time I was exposed to death and children don’t/can’t comprehend death,” Miscannon wrote. “At the time, I didn’t understand it all myself. I often hear my father died as a hero and yes, it is true, but hero or not, dad was dead and nothing that is said to me can make up for that loss. Time doesn’t heal all wounds and as I believe Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied.’ Dad’s murder is a complicated one and I will never be at peace with it.”
In New York, the 84th Precinct was “really happy” to receive the condolence book, Adam said.
“They were thanking us a lot. It made me feel like I was doing something good to show that people care. I didn’t expect so many signatures. I expected maybe a 100 at the most,” Adam said.
Adam’s parents were very impressed with their son’s endeavor, Adam’s mother, Jennifer Weist, said.
“He just cares so much about other people,” Weist said. “He’s got a genuine heart. I’m proud of him that they took the initiative to get the signatures.”
Adam is that kind of helpful kid who will do things for neighbors without expecting compensation. During one of his baseball games, one player got hurt and Adam ran over to help the injured player, Weist said. “His reaction was to the help the kid,” she said.
Adam is thinking about working for the fire service.
“For a 12-year-old kid, he’s pretty spectacular,” Weist said.