Emotion toward Rocco shows human decency

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With all the depravity that surrounds us, it is often tempting to conclude that we live in a society that is devoid of humanity, sensitivity and decency. I must reconsider the inclination to condemn in light of the stirring and moving reactions of individuals who were touched by the tragic and sudden death of Pittsburgh Police K-9 officer Rocco, who was stabbed by an alleged member of the criminal underclass during an attempt to apprehend an individual who should not have been walking the streets (“Police Dog Dies From Stabbing,” Jan. 31).

As soon as Rocco’s passing was announced, a mass outpouring of sadness was seen at the Post-Gazette website through the heartfelt comments of myriad readers. The accompanying story of his death contains eloquent words of praise for the officer from Mayor Bill Peduto and the news that dozens of human officers gathered at the veterinary clinic where Rocco was housed, many of them observed weeping outside.

I am shaken and crushed by the passing of Rocco, a precious and beloved public servant, but heartened by the reactions to it of my fellow men and women, who have demonstrated their virtue. May God bless Rocco’s handler, his family and all who knew, worked with and loved him. They cannot know how many hearts go out to them at this sad hour.

Upper St. Clair

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