A familiar lament
Actually, it was something I get every day, but this one had a twist.
It was a voice-mail. Not all that unusual.
From a police chief. I talk to several every week.
It was to thank us for something we did. Now you’re talking a bit more novel.
Darby Township Chief Robert Thompson wanted to thank me for my print column that appeared in the Monday newspaper. In it I said I had a new hero. That would be Arnetia “Billie” Blandford, who has lived in Darby Township for more than 50 years and who is now calling on the community to rally around her call to an end to the violence that plagues all too many of our towns.
She had led a community meeting with the chief. He had called to say he appreciated the column and the decision of the newspaper to shed some light on the issues facing him and, in fact, police chiefs, all over the county.
It took all of one day to see more proof of the daunting task Chief Thompson is facing.
Today’s newspaper details the 37th homicide in Delaware County this year, but the first in Darby Township.
A 67-year-old woman became a victim inside her Clifton Avenue home. Police believe two men who invaded her home were looking for drugs belonging to her son.
Altimese “Autie” Roberts suffered a gruesome death. Police say her hands, feet and mouth were duct taped.
A neighbor called her “one of the nicest ladies on the block.”
It is a familiar story to Thompson. It involves drugs and money, and what people are willing to do for both.
My thoughts continue to be with people like Thompson and Arnetia Blandford.
The job is not getting any easier.