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Aug 04, 2009Hayley 1 post
I will remember Danny as a young man who always had a smile on his face when I said “Hello”; who always laughed at my jokes; who kept his pain to himself and wasn’t afraid of the future.
My heart, thoughts, and condolences go out to his entire family.
I lovingly started referring to Danny as “The Little Brother I Never Wanted” after I started working at TCWR in April of 2003. Danny made work fun, whether it was a note telling me to look at the bug he had left me in an envelope on my desk (a paperclip and rubber band that made me jump); an occasionally paper ball war (that I usually lost); or coming in to find him setting a bugs bunny like trap for a mouse that had scurried across the duty station during a graveyard shift. With Danny around it was never a dull moment. Along with being ornery and fun he was also very sweet, leaving me money to buy myself flowers to say thank you or giving me a huge hug when my son got hurt and was airlifted to Harborview. I don’t believe I ever saw Danny have a bad day, even when things got rough he still had his characteristic smile and laugh. These last few days at TCWR have been up and down. One minute crying about the loss and then laughing at some wonderful memory we have of our Dannyboy. Thank you for leaving us so many wonderful memories Danny. We love and miss you!
Danny was a GREAT Intermittent Corrections Officer at TCWR for many years. He was a “pit bull investigator”. I used to shoot him an email on a Friday before a weekend…upon my return; I would find a thorough report & many infractions. He had the most beautiful girlfriend who was a law student…could never figure out how he got her & I would tease him unmercifully about it…accused him of telling all sorts of stories to win her over to the dark side!! I would play so many jokes on Danny (one’s that dare not be written) and he returned the pranks full force!! He talked to me at length & helped me understand about combat mixed martial arts and why my son (Kyle) wanted to fight in this disciplined fashion. Danny & Kyle wanted to spar and train together to learn from each other. Danny was self trained and had deadly force kicks. Kyle was into boxing, ground and pound. Danny warned Kyle of telegraphing and underestimating the power of a round house kick – well, that is what took Kyle out of his last fight. Danny and Kyle never got that chance to train together in the cage…. Danny Massey had strong integrity, infinite spirit, was a fierce warrior and will always be my friend. Carol Nickerson, Hearings Officer and former CCO3 at TCWR
I will always remember our Danny as the PRANKSTER!! He was always doing something to put a little excitement in my life! One of his best capers was placing a set alarm clock in the light fixture in the Duty Station at the work release. For some reason that day I looked up and spotted the clock, after removing it, I emailed him letting him know HE DID NOT GET ME. That was a mistake!! A few days later an alarm clock went off in to duty station in a locked drawer. 15 minutes later another alarm clock went off in a locked drawer. After unlocking all the drawers I found 5 more alarm clocks set to go off every 15 minutes. I left him another email, " GOT ME"! On the serious side, Danny was loved by all of us as he was funny, happy and loved life to its fullest. There was never a dull moment when Danny around and we will miss his exuberance for life. Lynda Thornton, C/O TCWR
You always knew when Danny was on shift. The distinctive gas hog car in the parking lot was the first clue. The offenders were astir because Danny’s standards were high and he was a great detective at sniffing out wrong-doing. The Duty Station was littered with Danny’s “health food” – candy, sunflower seeds, Mountain Dew. Most of all, there would be his funny little laugh and sly humor…the amusing e-mails, phone calls, or outrageous comments I heard him making to Hayley outside my door. What a great, smart, funny, and very courageous guy. Despite the outward “coolness”, there were moments of vulnerability – sadness over the loss of his Mom, being so nervous he was almost sick during the last round of job interviews.