Father's Day Featured Articles


Like Father, Like Son

My dad was a cop, and so was I

By Brendan Finn

My father was a New York Police Department officer for 27 years, but when I was a senior in Fordham I never even thought I would follow in his footsteps. The job seemed too crazy. But five years later I found myself in the Police Academy, doing just that. And I was right, the job was crazy.

But it was also very rewarding. I met the greatest people in the world during those 20 years, men and women who would give you the shirt off their back, and they would do it for strangers as well. Cops have the biggest hearts around and they also like to have fun. That is what makes them so well-suited for a dangerous and thankless job.

When I was a little boy my father took me to the NYPD Holy Name Society Communion Breakfast Mass at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where both of us were baptized. There was a police parade into the cathedral and then over to the hotel for the breakfast. For an 8-year-old boy it was really exciting.

I can’t tell you how proud I was the first time I attended the Communion Mass in my own NYPD dress “blues,” with my aging and ailing father by my side. I could also feel his pride as we walked down the aisle of that great cathedral together; it was a stirring moment in my life. My father imbued me with a sense of religion and a love for Jesus. He was a daily communicant. I am so thankful for his influence, and as a result, the presence of Jesus in my life.

Brendan Finn was featured in the "Courageous Dads" for Fathers for Good.