A Police Officer's Prayer

Dear Lord, be with me when I am on duty, this day and every day.

Let me be kindly to the old and to the young be strong; but let me triumph over those whose acts are cruel or wrong.

Lord, when my own last summons comes and I stand in your court, may my rest with you be long and my punishment be short.

God Bless, and my prayers go out the Collier Family. Your Son is a Hero and will always be remembered.

Michael W. Crist
4/23/2013

I have been so touched by the stories of Officer Collier. I feel such a sense of loss although I did not personally know him. My condolences to his family and all those who met a lot to him. As a student at MIT in the 70s, I got to know a number of MIT campus patrol officers and always felt they were my friends and protectors. May God bless Officer Collier's family and the MIT community and bring you peace.

Cordelia Price MIT'78

Cordelia Price
4/23/2013

Thank you for keeping MIT safe for my son and his friends. You are a true hero.

MIT mom 2016 Wellesley 1993
4/23/2013

As the mother of an MIT graduate, I am deeply saddened by the Collier family's loss. I am also the morning show dj on Boston radio station 92.5 the River. This morning I got a call at the station from Allen Collier, who said he was on his way to bury his son. Mr. Collier said he had heard a song that we had played called "Hero." I said yes, it was by a band from Martha's Vineyard called Family of the Year. Mr. Collier asked whether I could play it on the River in Sean's memory. I will proudly play it tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m., in tribute to Sean, streaming at www.theriverboston.com. Our hearts go out to the Collier family. Rita Cary, morning show host 92.5 the River.

Rita Cary
4/23/2013

I wish to share my sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Officer Collier. This is a loss that touches all in the MIT family, whether near or far, and we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

To all the officers of the MIT Police Department, I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the community. The work all of you do every day should never be taken for granted.

Shuvo Chatterjee
4/23/2013

So very sorry for your loss.

Tom and Jo-Ann Nixon
4/23/2013

I left building 32 only an hour earlier that night, and many of my students were still inside. I shudder to think what might have happened if Officer Collier hadn't been there, doing his duty. Sean, your brave sacrifice saved many lives, at MIT and beyond. I wish I had had the chance to meet you -- even in your short time among us at MIT you touched so many people. You demonstrated why the MIT Police are so important -- they truly are a part of our culture, befriending students, tolerating hacks, protecting us from ourselves, and saving us from danger. I wish there were more that we could do to thank you, Sean. To the Collier family, thank you for giving us a hero, and I'm so sorry that he was taken from you so young. To the brave and professional men and women of the MIT Police, thank you for being heros every day.

Rob Miller
4/23/2013

My deepest condolences to the Collier family. Although I did not know Sean, I have read the news accounts about his remarkable life and his tragic death. There is no doubt that he touched and inspired hundreds of members of the MIT community, especially many graduate students, with whom he shared many recreational interests. Sean will no doubt be remembered for how he led his life, the lives he touched, his service to MIT, and his heroic actions to protect and to serve.

Rick Rosson, MIT Sloan 1994
4/23/2013

How well he lived his too-short life! That is our consolation. Seeing the outpouring of love and affection for Sean Collier makes me feel even more grief that he is no longer among us, but it also demonstrates how important he was and will remain to all of us, within the MIT community and across the nation and the world. It also brings to our attention how extraordinary and how valued the MIT Police Department is -- countless comments express gratitude and respect from current and former MIT students and staff members. I feel very lucky that my child has the benefit of attending an amazing and unique educational institution with the protection of an obviously outstanding and committed police force.

With tears in my eyes, I celebrate your life, Sean Collier, and I thank you for your dedication and for embracing life so fully. I offer my condolences to the family of this exemplary young person; I am among the many, many people who will keep him in my heart for the rest of my life.

Teri Xirakis, California
4/23/2013

Our sincere condolences to the Collier family, the MIT community and the entire MIT Police Department. Our hearts are breaking also. Words cannot express our admiration for this hero. Thank you to the MIT Police Department for keeping our children safe.

Claudia Thomas
4/23/2013

Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes from the hills from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is near. We'll take the watch from here brother. Our prayers are with your family.

Chief M. Pierce
State University of New York
Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Department of Public Safety - Police

Chief M. Pierce
4/23/2013

As a former employee and student of MIT, I and my family will always be in debt to Collier family.

Maria Shkolnik '97
4/23/2013

My condolences to family and friends of this tragic event. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.

Darren Arnold
4/23/2013

So sorry for such a great loss. My prayers are with his family.

John Arana
4/23/2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Sean Collier, The M.I.T. Police Department, and the M.I.T. Community-R.I.P. Brother

Dave Hooker Village of Clinton P.D. Wisconsin
4/23/2013

From a fellow brother in law enforcement, you will never be forgotten. You are a true hero. Honor and Courage.

Patrolman Michael Yeomelakis
Nashua Police Department

Michael Yeomelakis
4/23/2013

Sean
Kind, Smart, Funny, Energetic, & Most Importantly HERO!!!
R.I.P.

Officer Sean Sylvester- Somerville Police Department
4/23/2013

My deepest condolences to Officer Collier's family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed.

Will Mullins
4/23/2013

Sean, I walked right by the place you were shot ten minutes before it happened, out on campus too late that night. Is there a way to stop the wishing that I would have seen into the future and somehow warned you? Thank you for your service and brightness you brought to the world.

Genevieve Wanucha
4/23/2013

Sean - Thank you for your heroic performance of your duty and for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve MIT's community. My son is a junior there now, and not that much younger than you were. We will be at your memorial service tomorrow. Your selfless actions on April 18th probably saved other MIT students and faculty members. Thank you again, and rest in peace.

Erich Thalheimer
4/23/2013

I now and then would run into Sean (I work strange hours as well as normal hours) and remember how nice he was to chat with about just everything from weather to the workout I was off too or he had done some fun trip with students.... He was a real member of the MIT family and I (and all of us) will miss him. Hugz and prayers and all the heartfelt thanks I have for the short time he had with us.

Alex Slocum
4/23/2013

Sean
As a brother officer you will always be in our family's thoughts. Although your career was cut short here you will still be guarding over us from heaven. You are a true hero and your family of blue will always remember you
Rest in peace my brother
Detective Tom Quinn
Gloucester Ma PD

4/23/2013

My deepest condolences to Sean's family, to the campus police department, and to all who knew and loved him.

Aaron Endelman, MIT class of 1978
4/23/2013

I express my condolences to Officer Colliers family and colleages in arms for your loss and your pain in parting from such a remarkably capable, warm and giving person. His passing reminds me of the gift of so many who work to keep us safe and to keep us pushing to the good and rejecting evil.
I have been part if the MIT community for almost 60 years, and often pass places of last weeks horrid events. Being able to write this and see the shrines at the Stata Center are meaningful to me.

Alfredo Kniazzeh
4/23/2013

Thank you for your sacrifice. May you rest in peace.

Bennett Gallivan
4/23/2013

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