From NewsChannel 11's Pete Christy:
Gennaro Pellegrini was a good friend of mine. The Philadelphia police officer and Pennsylvania National Guardsman serving in Iraq the last 13 months was killed in action on Tuesday by a roadside bomb.
The 31-year-old was a four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police department where his father had served before him. Gennaro had dreams of becoming a professional boxer. In fact before he was deployed to Iraq, he trained for 2 weeks and turned pro at the Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Click here to see what he called “the greatest night of his life.” As I was ringside to report on what turned out to be a magical evening.
Gennaro was scheduled to return home in 30 days. He had just e-mailed me 14 days ago after I send him photos of my new daughter Bella. He told me she was beautiful and he couldn't wait to see her. He also hoped to go back to Philly to meet a nice girl and start a family. Gennaro e-mailed me monthly to tell me of all the close-calls and things he was witnessing in Iraq.
Upon returning he planned to get back in the ring and asked me to fly back to Philly to be in his corner. I was honored.
Gennaro Pellegrini Jr. was a good man, a good cop, a good soldier, a good boxer, a good American…..and a good friend.
He will be greatly missed!! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
God Bless you Gennaro!!!