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Fallen Officer’s Son Leads Flyers Cheer During Ceremony

May 9, 2008, 3:35 PM EDT

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The murder of

Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski last Saturday put life in perspective for much of the Philadelphia community. Sometimes when things get tough, people turn to sports. Often, when friends or family members who have passed are remembered, one of the first things to be mentioned is their lifelong support of their favorite team.

The applause thundered through the
cathedral Friday as hundreds of people mourned a Philadelphia police
officer killed in the line of duty.

"Let’s go Flyers, let’s go!" (Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!)    

The
cheer for the city’s hockey team came toward the end of the funeral
Mass for Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski. It was led with a smile by his oldest
son, Matt, who wanted to show some support for his father’s favorite
team before that night’s playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Also, "his casket’s lining bore the team emblem,
and a jersey and flower arrangement in the shape of the logo were
displayed nearby before the Mass."

We’ve also heard the Flyers may have a moment of silence in honor of Liczbinski at their first home game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Condolences to all who knew the fallen officer.

>>Funeral for slain officer includes cheer for favorite team [York Daily Record]
>>Sgt. Liczbinski celebrated at Cathedral [Inquirer]