Crime Stoppers News

‘The face of the Quincy Police Department’ dies after lengthy battle with cancer’
By Rodney Hart – Quincy Herald-Whig Staff Writer
January 8, 2010

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Former Quincy police officer Gil Feld, called the “face of the Quincy Police Department and Crime Stoppers” by Chief Rob Copley, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Feld, 49, spent many years involved with QPD community outreach programs, including Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers, which was created in February 1997. He served as the local police coordinator. He was scheduled to take over the presidency of the organization for 2010 during Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting.

“He was a great man and a great police officer,” Copley said. “In both his personal and professional lives, he would do anything for you … Though I am saddened by his passing, he is now at peace.”

Mr. Feld, who had several bouts with cancer, became sick with the H1N1 virus in November but seemed to be doing better over the Christmas holidays. Friends and family say he took a turn for the worse this week and died at 5 p.m. at Blessing Hospital.

Mr. Feld worked for QPD for 21 years, the first 12 as a patrol officer. He joined QPD’s Pro-Act Unit to work with community-oriented programs like Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers, DARE, Neighborhood Watch and the Quincy Citizens Police Academy. He returned to patrol status in 2002, but returned to Pro-Act in 2005.

He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of cancer that affects the plasma type of white blood cells, in 1991. He successfully fought the disease for many years, but eventually the years of treatment damaged blood cells.

“He was dealt a bad hand,” longtime friend and retired QPD officer John Douglas said. “He put up a valiant effort and really fought hard.”

Mr. Feld had a stem cell procedure using his own cells in 2005 and was back to work in a month. But when the blood counts started rising again, he was forced to have a much more invasive procedure using donated stem cells. He spent many months at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., but still talked about coming back to the force and once again wearing the QPD uniform.

When asked how Mr. Feld was able to deal with the long cancer fight, longtime friend Jim Ulm said, “His heart.”

Mr. Feld was honored in February 2007 with the Quincy Exchange Club’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award. He was still recovering at the Mayo Clinic and Copley presented the award to his wife, Susie.

Copley called Mr. Feld “one of the most recognizable faces that have ever represented the Quincy Police Department.”

In April 2007, friends and colleagues organized a huge day-long benefit for Mr. Feld at America’s Best Value Inn.

“He was genuinely a good police officer and partner, but more importantly he was a good person and a good man,” Douglas said. “He did a lot of things for a lot of people that others never knew anything about.”