I’m sure most of you have read the article but I don’t know how many of you have seen the video. “Goodbye To The Little Chief” Michael Feeney, is a tribute to a 10-year-old boy, an honorary Police Chief, from Ridgewood NJ who lost his life to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. I post this video here not just because it is a moving tribute to a child whose life was cut so short but also because of the words expressed by many who knew him and loved him as so many did. You should pay special attention to the words of Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward when he movingly explains the attributes of a leader, the attributes of this young man.
This video and news article serves a larger purpose then the passing of a courageous and special young man. This special boy moved and motivated grown men in ways little else could. Michael Feeney should be the catalyst that motivates us all. As Chief Ward had said about Michael, he wasn’t tarnished by a cruel world yet. He saw only the best in people and wanted to help if needed. Tarnish is not permanent and can be removed with some hard work. For many of us, me included, maybe it’s time we get to work. After all, how many of us would receive this kind of eulogy when it's our time to pass?