Southwick family “brought to tears” after officers made holidays special during tragic loss

Hampden County
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A Southwick family is thanking the town’s police department for making them feel a little special after a tragic loss during the holiday season. 

“I know it’s a bit after the holidays, but I wanted to make sure I gave a big thank you to our Southwick Police Department,” the Bailey family wrote. 

Southwick Police shared the story on Facebook about how pleased they were to be able to bring some joy to the Bailey family while they were mourning the loss of a family member. 

“I lost my husband suddenly this past November and the Southwick Police Department was wonderful that difficult day,” the message went on to say. 

Three officers, Shift Commander Officer Marc Siegel, Officer Ernest Malone, and Officer Michael Bridges, stayed with the family the entire day. The officers even sat in the family’s driveway to turn away people they were not ready to talk to yet. 

“It was the most devastating day of my life and my children’s, but they compassionately stuck by us until my husband was brought to rest at the funeral home,” the message stated. 

According to the family, two of the officers who stayed that day showed up a month later with a large bag full of toys, games, handmade winter gear, and even wrapping paper for the family’s 10-year-old child.

“I was so moved by the gesture it brought me to tears,” the family said in the message.  

The family was so shocked and thankful that officers who did not really know the child, kept her in their thoughts and went out their way to gather gifts for her. 

Southwick Police Chief Kevin Bishop sent 22News a statement saying:

“I am again amazed at the commitment the officers of the Southwick Police Department have for this community.  Almost every day I hear from members of the community how one of my Officers have again gone above and beyond in their duties and I am thankful for their actions.” 

The family ended their message saying, “The Bailey family thanks you wholeheartedly and we love you,” the family said. “Keep doing what you do and stay safe!!” 

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