The Feb. 8 Post-Gazette displayed a police honor guard at a funeral for the dog Rocco accompanied by articles describing his life as a loyal police dog. The funeral at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall had 1,200 in attendance.
Sadly, there was a much smaller article describing the murder of two sisters, originally from Iowa, who were living in Pittsburgh. They bought a home and had productive positions as a psychiatrist and teacher’s aide. Some moron murdered them. The Iowa sisters’ story should have had a huge headline reading “Two Sisters Murdered byAnother Gun-Toting Coward.”
Let’s put this in perspective. Rocco was not a hero as we define heroes. Rocco was a loyal police dog who was trained to bite people when told to do so. Heroes are the wonderful men and women who defend our country in our never-ending wars and volunteer to serve. Heroes are the policemen and firemen who risk their lives to protect our lives and safety on a daily basis. Heroes are the good parents and teachers who lead and mold our children to lead productive lives and make the world a better place.
Honoring Rocco at that level and above that level denigrates the real heroes of life.
MARTIN A. GRIFFIN SR.