Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One more salute to Dennis McNamara

Hero means different things to different people.

Dennis McNamara was a hero - even though he would probably argue that he wasn't.

I'd love to be able to have that argument with him.

I can't.

That's because McNamara was gunned down 15 years while checking on a parked car on an Upper Darby street. Yes, Dennis McNamara was a cop. He wore that Upper Darby uniform proudly. It was one of several he wore.

But he was a lot more than that. He was a father, a member of the community who was always looking for a way to make things better. That's a pretty rare trait these days.

He also is something else.

He is remembered.

And now not just by his family, pals in law enforcement, and those who knew him in the community.

Now, every person who drives on the heavily traveled Lansdowne Avenue as it winds past Upper Darby High School and Arlington Cemetery will know who Dennis McNamara was.

That's because they will be driving on the Dennis McNamara Memorial Highway.

We talk about it on today's editorial page.

It's our idea of a final salute to valued member of our community.

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