Detective Sean Suiter - Memory Eternal

On Wednesday 29 November 2017 we gathered at Mt. Pleasant Church to say our final farewell to Detective Sean Suiter. May his memory be eternal. As a community chaplain through the Baltimore Police Department, I was asked to attend and in chaplain uniform and I did.

We were also asked to be there by 10:00.  I left home at 9:07 which was plenty of time to get there by 10:00, I thought.  I was right on target to be there on time until we got to Frankford.  There was a parade of police cars coming from Frankford onto Sinclair and the bus could not go any further.  The driver let me off there at 9:47.  I started walking and was moving as fast as the police cars were moving.  Finally somebody offered me a ride.  He recognized me from one of my ride-alongs.  Later in the evening another person told me that he blew his horn but saw me get into another car.

I arrived a few minutes after 10:00.  But that was fine.  I was shown the room where the other chaplains were assembled and I joined them there.  Later the Moslem chaplain came and sat next to me.

We had a very fruitful conversation and we both learned from each other.  I told him about the history of Christianity and how the Orthodox Church fits in the picture.  He told me about some of the other chaplaincy programs in the area.

We both agree that it is difficult for us to minister effectively to the masses because our theological background is different.  He asked me about the time that Abraham was drunk and naked and he was satisfied with my answer.  I also told him the differences between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church and how we are united in matters of faith. 

When it came time to go into the church for the funeral, we walked in together and continued our discussion until we got into the church.  We sat next to each other.  At one point when almost everybody stood up at the request of the speaker, we remained sitting.  Standing would had been giving consent to something that neither one of us believed.

WJZ said that the funeral was moving.  It did absolutely nothing for me as an Orthodox Christian.  But I was there to support the family and the Police Department. 

After the funeral the procession eventually started.  I was not a part of that.  But I was really impressed by the display of the flags, the bag pipes, and the various formation of police officers.  When the body was brought out to the hearse, we rendered a hand salute.  Since I was in uniform, I did also and an elderly man behind me did the same.
 

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Honor guard brings out the American flag.

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a view of the "altar" from where I was sitting

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Governor Larry Hogan leaves.

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Officers saluted their fallen comrad as they passed the body.

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This gentleman is saluting a police officer and a veteran.

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