Fundraiser shows sup­port for of­fi­cer’s fam­ily

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

It didn’t take long to see the sup­port for the first Wives of Blue fundraiser.

Held Satur­day, Oct. 6, in the park­ing lot across Penn Av­enue from the Telford po­lice sta­tion, the event was a ben­e­fit for the fam­ily of Ply­mouth po­lice Of­fi­cer Bradley Fox, who was shot and killed on the job Sept. 13.

The fundraiser, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in­cluded the sale of para­cord bracelets with Fox’s badge num­ber, along with other para­cord bracelets and key chains.

Be­fore the start, 50 bracelets with Fox’s badge num­ber and 50 plain bracelets were made ready for sale.

“From 10 to 10:15, we sold out,” Jen­nifer Seville, wife of Telford po­lice Of­fi­cer Robert Seville, said. “We’ve been tak­ing or­ders since then.”

“They’re mak­ing key chains and bracelets on the spot,” Colleen Popiny, wife of Telford po­lice Of­fi­cer Brett Popiny, said.

Some of the peo­ple who came for the bracelets or key chains waited for two hours un­til one was made for them, she said.

Do­na­tions and gift cards were also be­ing ac­cepted, as well as raf­fles held and sales of items do­nated by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, area po­lice de­part­ments and busi­nesses. The event also in­cluded chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Seville and Popiny formed the new Wives of Blue a few days be­fore Fox was killed. Fol­low­ing his death, it was de­cided to make the first fundraiser a ben­e­fit for Fox’s fam­ily.

A Face­book page started less than a month ago had al­most 600 “likes”

as of the morn­ing of Oct. 6.

“We did not ex­pect this at all,” Popiny said. “It’s so over­whelm­ing and touch­ing to see the sup­port for Wives of Blue and the Fox fam­ily.”

The threaded para­cords can hold up to 550 pounds and can be used in sur­vival sit­u­a­tions if nec­es­sary, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided for the fundraiser.

“The bracelets rep­re­sent Brad,” Popiny said. “He was a hero. He was a strong man and it’s a sur­vival bracelet.”

Fox, a New Hanover res­i­dent, was killed on the day be­fore his 35th birthday. His wife, Lyn­say, is preg­nant with their sec­ond child.

“We told her, we’re like your fam­ily from ev­ery­where,” Popiny said.

Wives of Blue is giv­ing one of the bracelets to each of the Ply­mouth po­lice of­fiFHUV anG GLVSaWFKHUV, VKH said.

A spe­cial set was also made up for Lyn­say Fox.

“The key chain had two hearts on it with Brad’s name on it,” Popiny said, “and then the bracelet had his badge num­ber.”

With about an hour re­main­ing in the fundraiser, plus or­ders hav­ing been re­ceived from oth­ers not there on the day of the event, the to­tal raised from the event was not avail­able, but the day was a very emo­tional and very suc­cess­ful one, Seville and Popiny said.

In­for­ma­tion about other up­com­ing fundrais­ers for the Fox fam­ily is in­cluded on The Wives of Blue Face­book page.

Fu­ture events by Wives of Blue could in­clude a community food drive, Seville said.

“When­ever some­thing comes up, we’ll try and sup­port it,” she said. “That’s why we want wives from ev­ery­where so they can say, ‘This hap­pened, do some­thing about it.’”

Chris­tine Day­watt shows po­lice Of­fi­cer Jime Browne of Hill­town Town­ship the dif­fer­ent raf­fle bas­kets.

Soud­er­ton In­de­pen­dent pho­tos — SU­SAN KEEN

Adri­anna Moyer pets Max at the Wives of Blue fundraiser for Ply­mouth po­lice Of­fi­cer Brad Fox’s fam­ily Satur­day, Oct. 6.

Craig John­son fin­ishes a key chain for the Wives of Blue fundraiser.

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