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It's a boy for injured cop

The birth of Police Ofc. Sharon Sullivan's son is a bright spot in her long, difficult recovery from a 2003 car wreck.

It's a boy for injured cop

Philadelphia police officer Sharon Sullivan, her husband Mike Quinn and their pug Murphy at their northesast Philadelphia home, a week before their son was born.  ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
Philadelphia police officer Sharon Sullivan, her husband Mike Quinn and their pug Murphy at their northesast Philadelphia home, a week before their son was born. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS DN

Philadelphia Police Ofc. Sharon Sullivan is a new mom.

She and her husband, Mike Quinn, welcomed Baby Cameron Michael into the world at 2am last Friday at Lower Bucks Hospital. Cameron was a week overdue but healthy and robust: 9.2 pounds and 22 inches long. Sharon is doing well, too, despite labor that, says Mike, "got pretty rough there toward the end."

Cameron's birth is a bright spot in a tough patch for Sharon, whom I wrote about last Thursday.  In 2003, she survived catastrophic injuries in an on-the-job car wreck similar to the one that took the life of Police Sgt. Tim Simpson last month.

The Civil Service Commission recommended to the city's Pension Board that Sharon be granted a disability pension, but the city is appealing the commission's finding. The stumbling block is just the latest from a city that has fought Sharon on just about every step of her recovery. 

What a Christmas it would be if, in addition to the birth of her son, Sharon finally received the disability pension she earned in service to the city.

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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