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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Police News  >  Officer 'Mikey O' Succumbs to Cancer


Officer 'Mikey O'
Succumbs to Cancer

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:50 a.m.

The initial headline of this story was "Officer 'Mikey O' Loses Battle with Cancer." 

It just didn't sit right though, and I couldn't' figure out why.

I thought about it on and off during my shift, and when I got home it occurred to me. 

Mikey didn't lose.  He won.

In 2003, Michael O'Loughlin was a patrolman with the roughly 20-member Cresskill Police Department in Bergen County.  In March of that year he was diagnosed with the most advanced stage of colon cancer.  This past Monday Mikey died at home with family at his side.  He was 39.

The reason I say Mikey didn't lose his battle with cancer lies in how he lived since learning of his illness on that day in 2003. 

Being diagnosed with terminal cancer is something most of us cannot even begin to imagine.  Most certainly, Officer O'Loughlin was devastated when first given the news.  Most certainly, he was frightened for himself, his wife MaryCatherine, and his two children Bryan and Terence.

Mikey got past it though. 

He rose above this disease and became an inspiration to many.  His family, friends, and colleagues from the Cresskill Police Department (a true class act of a department), gathered around him, and Mikey evolved.

Instead of becoming a recluse, Mikey went out and lived.  He organized and/or participated in fundraisers for both his family and various cancer programs.  He counseled others who had also been diagnosed with similar illnesses and did all of this while maintaining the role of husband and dad.

Each year we would get an email from him asking to promote the Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run.  That is how I came to know him.

Although we only shared an email relationship, you could just see how special he was in how he maintained such a positive outlook while faced with such uncertainty and peril.

If you would like to pay a small tribute to Mikey, take 5 minutes of your life and use the link below to read the journal kept by his wife MaryCatherine. 

Below is a portion of one of the entries:

July 31, 2006
Another god day of being with friends and loved ones.

We had a tough emotional day by going to the funeral pallor and having Mikey making choices regarding his own wake and funeral. The celebration of Mikey's life will certainly be a grand one!

While going through the entries you will first get choked up. 

This will be followed by tears sliding down your cheek. 

After reading the entries, switch over to the picture gallery page and go through some of the photos. 

When you are done, MaryCatherine's writings and images will have made you a better person.  At least for today, you will worry less about getting enough overtime in your next check, which plasma television to purchase, or making enough time to study for the upcoming promotional exam.

Instead, you will take a few moments to look around and be thankful for who and what you have in your life.

By doing this you will have paid tribute to this street cop who loved motorcycles and bagpipes and hockey.

No, this man didn't lose his battle. 

There are certain people in this world with the gift of bringing others together.  There are certain people with the gift to inspire. 

How can someone like this, someone like Mikey, have lost at anything?

Rest in peace our brother.

This piece would not be complete without paying tribute to Mikey's wife MaryCatherine.  How she found the strength to write some of those entries while supporting Mikey and raising the two boys is beyond me. 

Truly, an amazing woman.

We all pray for your family.


Click here to visit the journal.

Click here to visit the picture page.

Talk about Mikey.


How to Help

If you would like to help Mikey "O" and his family, your donation can be made payable to:
"The Help Mikey "O" Conquer Cancer Fund"
c/o PBA Local 180
PO BOX 570
Cresskill, New Jersey 07626


Funeral Arrangements for Officer Mikey O’Loughlin

The family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday, August 23, from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday, August 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Barrett Funeral Home, 148 Dean Drive ? Tenafly ? NJ ? 07670 ? phone: (201) 568-8043 ? fax: (201) 568-8138-8135 .  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 25, 11:15 a.m. at St. Therese Church in Cresskill, NJ, where Mikey has been a parishioner his entire life. Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Nanuet, NY. In lieu of flowers, the O’Loughlin family requests donations to “The Mikey “O“ Cancer Fund“, c/o PBA Local 180, PO BOX 570, Cresskill, NJ 07626.

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:50 a.m.


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