In these times of civil unrest and strife, bad cops and a pandemic, here's a story that everyone should know, about a straight up good guy who happens to be a Philly cop.
Officer Francis Lynch, who is with the Neighborhood Services Unit, was in his car behind a truck that hit 80-year-old Maryalice McGrath as she was crossing the street in Port Richmond, the Philly neighborhood she lived and walked in all her life. He called for backup and for an ambulance and he went over to her in the middle of the crosswalk at Aramingo Avenue and Ann Street, and realized there wasn't much he could do to save her. You know what he did? Officer Lynch laid next to her for half an hour in the street, in traffic, on the scorching pavement, trying to keep her as comfortable as possible as she passed.
The Philly cop went to her viewing and her funeral and then back to the intersection where McGrath’s niece, Molly Quinn, pictured here with Lynch, thanked him. He says to be back at Ann and Aramingo will probably never be easy for him, but he still has a job to do, and it's worth the pain. Maryalice McGrath's family says he was her guardian angel, and he's a hero.