- The Washington Times - Friday, May 12, 2006

Nobles: The Fairfax County Police Department, which lost its first officer in the line of duty in the department’s 66-year history.

No one quite knows why Michael Kennedy, 18, rolled into the Sully District police station parking lot in Chantilly on Monday armed with two rifles, five pistols and an intent to kill. Out on bail for a carjacking charge, Kennedy apparently had a history of mental illness and was suicidal.

Dressed in camouflage, Kennedy offered no explanation and immediately began firing on Fairfax officers in the parking lot. First hit was Michael Garbarino, a 23-year veteran of the force, who had just ended his shift and wasn’t wearing a protective vest. Struck five times, Mr. Garbarino managed to radio for help. Next hit was Detective Vicky Armel, who was leaving the station to investigate the very same carjacking Kennedy had committed moments before arriving at the station. By now, more officers had opened fire on Kennedy and the gunfight lasted for several minutes.

In all, more than 150 rounds were fired — 70 coming from Kennedy alone. The gunman was eventually taken down with multiple rounds, and calm returned to the Sully station. Both Mrs. Armel and Mr. Garbarino were rushed to a local hospital, where Mrs. Armel was pronounced dead. She leaves behind a husband and two children. Mr. Garbarino, meanwhile, remains in critical condition.

To honor her memory, Fairfax police have set up a trust fund for Mrs. Armel’s two children. Donations can be sent by cash or check to the Armel Family Trust Fund, Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way, Fairfax, 22030.

For their bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty, Fairfax police officers are the Nobles of the week.

Knaves: The Cambridge City Council, for a unanimous vote of knavery.

Cambridge, Mass., councilors can pat themselves on the back for a splendidly pointless act of solidarity with illegal aliens. On Monday, by a unanimous vote, the council reaffirmed a resolution first passed in the 1980s declaring Cambridge a “sanctuary” for the nation’s 11 to 12 million illegals. What this actually means is anyone’s guess, but here’s hoping that a fraction of illegal aliens take the council at their word.

Only they probably won’t, which the council, despite all its high-minded rhetoric, already knows. See, Cambridge is a spectacularly expensive town, where a one-bedroom apartment fetches $1,400 a month. Maybe if some of the councilors would be willing to put up the illegals at their own homes, their sanctimoniousness wouldn’t be the sham it is.

For proving their own moral superiority, the Cambridge City Council is the Knave of the week.


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