Tommy Heinsinger of Sickness Radio took a shot featured here that captures just how densely packed if was on Farnsworth Avenue because it’s captured from the perspective of someone crammed into the crowd — a perspective a pro photog wouldn’t strive for but one that helps to tell the story. He also took a picture of a police dog, which is something we didn’t have. Heinsinger wrote this:
I don’t know Benjamin Moore or his family, however; I do know all about the Westboro Baptist Church. They are a breed of people who “HATE JUST TO HATE”. On Wednesday January 19, 2011 I was contacted from a listener of my radio show who told me that the WBC was going protest the funeral of the fallen firefighter and US Army Soldier Benjamin Moore. Astonished by the fact that they would do this once again to a person who gave their all and more for our country, I dove right in to help. After I got off the air, my co-host Paul Brahan and I talked about what we can do and we decided that we would join the other organizations to assist in keeping the protesters away from the funeral services on Saturday January 22, 2011. We then utilized the power of our Facebook accounts and our website traffic on SicknessRadio.Com to assemble roughly 100 plus people to meet in Bordentown, NJ at the church and funeral home.
When we got to Farnsworth Ave. in NJ there were hundreds of volunteers, service men/ women, firefighters, and police. I never saw so many people come together in such a short amount of time to show the support for such a great cause. We walked a few blocks and were given American Flags to hold and even offered fresh coffee and hand warmers from local residents. Despite the weather being close to 14°F there were people of all ages showing that there are still good people out there willing to give up their Saturday in order to support a grieving family.
In closing I would like to thank all the volunteers who showed up to help show support and mostly I would like to thank Benjamin Moore for giving the Ultimate Sacrifice for our freedom, your death was not in vein and you will always be remembered by all, especially your community, after all you were known best as the MAYOR. Godspeed Sir!
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- Help Stop The Westboro Baptist Church From Protesting Soldier’s Funeral!!! (wwpmmedianet.wordpress.com)