Fairy­tale of New York for Geral­dine

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

‘It was with­out doubt the best night that would not have been pos­si­ble with­out Of­fi­cer Di­can­dia’s gen­eros­ity and kind­ness’

THE chance meet­ing of a New York po­lice of­fi­cer and a Drogheda fam­ily hop­ing to see the hit Broad­way pro­duc­tion of ‘Hamil­ton’ sparked a me­dia frenzy as the press de­scended on the sea­sonal ‘fairy­tale of New York’ story.

Geral­dine McKenna and her daugh­ters were in the ‘Big Ap­ple’ on hol­i­days re­cently and were de­ter­mined to catch a per­for­mance of ‘Hamil­ton’ - but so were thou­sands of oth­ers.

They tried for tick­ets for four days and just when it seemed that they wouldn’t get them, low and be­hold, three tick­ets be­come avail­able at the last minute.

When they went to pay for them at the theatre, they found they were $20 short.

They were given a short time to get the last few dol­lars and as they hur­ried from the theatre, met Of­fi­cer Rick Di­can­dia of the Times Square Unit, NYPD.

They ex­plained their story and the next thing, the big hearted po­lice­man pro­duced a $20 note and gave it to them.

When Geral­dine ar­rived home, she sent a note to the Mayor’s of­fice.

“We were to­tally over­joyed and be­yond grate­ful when he opened his wal­let and just handed us $20. My daugh­ter was cry­ing when she was speak­ing to him.

‘It was with­out doubt the best night that would not have been pos­si­ble with­out Of­fi­cer Di­Can­dia’s gen­eros­ity and kind­ness,’ she said.

“He un­der­stood the mag­ni­tude of the emer­gency and pulled a 20 out of his pocket so she didn’t have to throw away her shot,” the NYPD said in a Face­book post.

Though Geral­dine was there to see the stage show, she used a ti­tle from a pop­u­lar movie to de­scribe her Broad­way saviour: An of­fi­cer and a gen­tle­man.

Of­fi­cer Rick Di­can­dia of the Times Square Unit, NYPD, who made sure a Drogheda fam­ily got to see Hamil­ton.

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