Fallen Phila. officer remembered, wounded officer honored
PHILADELPHIA - August 16, 2013 (WPVI) -- Members of the Philadelphia Police Department came together to honor two of their brothers who put their lives on the line.
Inside Christ the King Church in Northeast Philadelphia, there were prayers for Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies.
"It was wonderful to see all the people who came to pray for him and his family," said Fenice Jackson.
The community along with Fraternal Order of Police groups came together for a healing mass.
The 25th District police officer has undergone one surgery after another to repair the damage suffered when investigators say a suspect shot him inside a Hunting Park corner store Tuesday.
"It's so dangerous. They go out every day. You don't know what's going to happen to them, you just cross yourself and hope that they're going to come home safely," said Madeline Cieka.
"This came about because we knew what we had to do. We knew we couldn't do anything medical wise - prayers and friendship is what's going to get everyone through this," said Donna Giulian, FOP Lodge 5 Auxiliary.
From a healing mass to a group still in the process of healing.
Family and friends of slain Officer Moses Walker celebrated his life with his brothers and sisters in blue at 10th and West Thompson streets in North Philadelphia on Saturday.
The 19 year veteran was shot August 18 of last year at 20th and Cecil B. Moore streets during a robbery attempt after his shift in the 22nd Police District.
Walker's mother honored him with a daylong party in the area in which he grew up and served.
"To see everyone come here and support. Everyone around here knew Moses and they loved him. Moses loved doing the work that he was doing," said Wyane Lipscomb.
As she remembers her son, she's also thinking of Officer Davies.
"You're in my thoughts and prayers and we're going to get through this together," Lipscomb said.
Officer Davies is still in the hospital recovering. He underwent his fourth surgery and was listed in serious but stable condition on Saturday.
Davies' family released a statement Friday thanking the community and the Fraternal Order of Police which organized the mass.
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