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Police Officer Charles Edward Cassidy | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Charles Edward Cassidy

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 54

Tour: 25 years

Badge # 2342

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/31/2007

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Police Officer Charles Cassidy succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day when he walked into a robbery in progress.

Officer Cassidy was checking in on a store at the corner of 66th Avenue and Broad Street that had previously been robbed. Unknown to Officer Cassidy, there was a robbery in progress in the store. As Officer Cassidy entered, the suspect turned and fired, shooting him in the head. The subject then stole Officer Cassidy's service weapon as he fled.

Officer Cassidy was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he remained until passing away.

The suspect was arrested by members of the Miami, Florida, Police Department, on November 6th, 2007, after a 911 call was made indicating the man was in an area homeless shelter. He was sentenced to death on November 24th, 2009.

Officer Cassidy had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Soon after Officer Cassidy died I met a police officer who knew him well. She said, " Do you know how after someone dies everyone says nice things about him? All the good things they are saying about Chuck Cassidy are true. He was everything a police officer should be and more."

Throughout the years, whenever a conversation has turned to the subject of police or policing, I have repeated her words. May the Cassidy family continue to find comfort in the fact that he lives in the example that he set for others and in the simple words of praise shared about him even among strangers.

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January 31, 2017

 

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