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Pat McMahon

Updated Mar 5, 2014 - 7:51 am


When your kids go to bed at night, do they ever say, "and God bless policemen?"

I'll bet John Hobbs' kids did when they were growing up.

I'll bet they said, "God bless daddy, keep him safe."

That's what cops' kids do. And cops' wives and husbands do the same when their spouses go to work every day, and hopefully come back home.

Detective John Hobbs had spent 21 years protecting me, as a member of the Phoenix Police Department, and I never got to shake his hand or to thank him before he was shot to death Monday attempting to apprehend a fugitive.

He was successful stopping the criminal, but he died doing it. His partner is still hospitalized.

Don't you wonder sometimes why they do it? Why do people become cops? It's certainly not glamorous like on TV. It's boring and it's dangerous and it's underappreciated.

Everybody loves firefighters because they don't give people tickets. But cops, all too often, are a civic necessity to quietly keep the bad guys away.

Today we have one less bad guy. But we had to lose a good guy to do it. Somebody explain to the Hobbs kids how that works.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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