Do you feel the local media is guilty of overkill in the policeman's coverage & funeral?

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It was a sad and terrible thing and my heart goes out to the family but I don't think that it needed to be broadcast in the manner that it was.

maybe they would want all the attention and accolade that can be brought. I don't know if he was my family member if I would or would not want it - to this degree. Hard to say....can't cast a vote.

But he should be publicly acknowledged.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

I think if it were my family member who died, it'd be harder to see it replayed constantly. I do think it needed extensive coverage - he deserved the recognition. But it was excessive. And I wonder if it was not exhausting to the family.

think of a better word than overKILL?

As a human.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Since I take most of the calls at WSPD when you guys call in I had to say this about kates comment that I suck as a human.

Just because I point out a poor choice of words to title a blog does not make me suck as a human. It also doesn't make me insensitive to the situation with the officer who was killed.

What I do find offensive is how many callers I couldn't put on air because they WERE insensitive...blaming the killing on everything from Detective Dressel not being good at his job...to shotty training...to poor judgement...and then even two callers complaining that a toledo police officer shouldn't have his funeral in Michigan.

So kate...before you tell me I suck as a human because I point out a lack of talent in post title selection...maybe you'll remember their are a lot more Toledoans out there much more 'insensitive'...than a I

You actually make my spelling look fantastic - so on that level I appreciate this exchange.

On every other level - although I like the speaker on WSPD, if it means I have to link with you verbally, I won't call in again.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

it is my pleasure to serve mankind. Even one such as you, kooz.

You must be right, I suck.

But I won't make jokes about the 'kill'ing of a police officer.

My families condolences to his family and co-workers. May God go with them as they go on without him.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

anyone who tells other people they suck as a human seems too judgemental to me.

"judge not, lest ye...."

Ordinarily, I'm one of the first people to say "Enough!" when it comes to media coverage.

However (and as the daughter of a retired Toledo officer admit I'm probably biased), we haven't lost a member of local law enforcement in the line of duty for more than 36 years.

So many people are affected by this that it deserves the coverage it receives. Yes, it's absolutely exhausting to the family. Then again, most funerals are.

When you put your life on the line every single day, you develop a kinship with your colleagues that goes beyond anything experienced around the water cooler. You've seen more than most people would ever want to.

And it's not just those colleagues who are affected. Their families and friends all paused to think "What if it had been ___?" when they heard the news.

I believe Detective Dressel's family realized all this and that's why they allowed the coverage that they did. If I could have paid my respects in person, I would have. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to see him honored in such a way.

Arguably, the media coverage was too excessive.
But, on the other hand, this was the first Toledo policeman killed in the line of duty in almost 37 years. That's a pretty damn long time, so that alone makes the situation somewhat unique.
I do think there's been a tendency to be more glorifying of fire and policeman since 9/11 so when one dies while on duty its now a bigger deal that it might have been pre-9/11.
No what which way you feel, when they did the 'last dispatcher call' during the service today and you saw the face of his 4-year old son, that's a heartbreaker.

you know, when our friend died in Iraq, his funeral was covered by media, taped in full, and excerpts were used. After the air cleared and his widow realized the recording of the church funeral would be something that could bring both pain and healing, something to help her feel close, something to show her infant and toddler children once they were old enough to understand... she tried to get a copy, but all media outlets had scrapped the tapes.

There will come a day when that young man wants to see how the area saluted his daddy. How his friends felt about him.

As far as the coverage goes, the Detective deserves every bit of it. He is a local hero who died while protecting our city. I realize that there are people here that are way too jaded to see it that way.

I found the coverage appropriate and certainly more deserving than the time the media gives to Anna Nicole Smith and her contribution to society.

bill

Well said.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Amen too Bill; you da man.

Hooda Thunkit

kate. Apparently your to soft and sensitive to be a blogger.

criticizing my use of words...just like I did to darkside...I guess that makes you suck as a human to.

christian of you...

I agree Kate, that he should be publicaly acknowledged, it's just that local news here seems to take things too far.