Lansdale police receive donation from local Veterans of Foreign Wars post
The Lansdale Police Department has received a financial boost, thanks to a $ 5,000 donation from the Lansdale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 32.
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The donation, which was made Tuesday, was collected from membership dues, VFW fundraisers and member contributions, and is the second-largest donation the VFW post has made in recent weeks. A $2,000 check went to the Delaware Valley chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation last month and the VFW post is also planning a $1,000 donation to /DnVdDlH’V 2NWRbHrIHVW, Levinsky said.
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“We have four Pearl Har- bor veterans and a few more from World War II and Korea, quite a few [veterans] from Vietnam and now we’re recruiting Iraq and Afghanistan [veterans],” Levinsky said.
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“The donation is being made with officer safety in mind, so we’re looking at all sort of different ideas — things like raid vests, new equipment, everyone has ideas,” 0FDyrH VDLd.
Those expenditures would not need approval from borough council because the donation was made directly to the department, he said, but council’s public safety committee will hear updates as those decisions are made.
Committee ChairPDn 0LNH 6RbHl said Tuesday that he thought the donation was “fantastic; these guys need all the support they can get, and it’s great to see a group from the community reach out to help them.”
Stan Levinsky, left, commander of Lansdale VFW Post 32, presents a check Tuesday in the amount of $5,000 on behalf of the post to the Lansdale Police Department. Accepting for the department are, from left, Chief Robert McDyre, Mayor Andy Szekely, borough councilman and public safety Committee Chairman Mike Sobel, and Officers Ryan Devlin, Jeff Mallozzi and Matthew Erbele.