Service for Officer Bradley Fox draws thousands
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Lt. Ray Evers, the public inforPDWLRn RIfiFHU IRU WKH 3KLODGHOSKLD police, said his department “has been through this so many, many times. The healing process is important.”
The Life Celebration began with a hymn, “Be not Afraid.” In the parking lot next to the church where a large television screen was positioned, several hundred SROLFH RIfiFHUs sWRRG DW SDUDGH rest during the ceremony, which lasted for nearly two hours.
A reading from the Book of tisdom was read by “Aunt Christine” before a second hymn was sung by the church choir. A reading from the Book of Revelation was read by Melissa Fox, Bradley Fox’s sister.
The sound of a baby crying in the church marked the beginning of a reading from the Gospel of the Lord by Deacon Michael mascarella.
“TR DOO WKH SROLFH RIfiFHUs, emergency responders, the people of mlymouth Meeting, the SROLFH RIfiFHUs IURP RWKHU MuULsdictions, family and friends,” said the celebrant, Father Edward J. Hallinan, “thank you for your overwhelming generosity and support. The family is eternally grateful for your acts of healing.”
Hallinan spent three hours with the Fox family Saturday gathering family memories for his homily, he said.
“Brad experienced a loving upbringing. He gave his mother gray hair,” Hallinan said. “Lynsay, hathy and everyone here has permission to cry today.”
He recalled Fox’s marriage to Lynsay (MattozziF Fox in 2008, WKH ELUWK RI WKHLU fiUsW FKLOG, .Ddence, and his decision to join the mlymouth police department.
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In the most touching part of the ceremony, Brittany Mattozzi, Lynsay’s sister, read a long and loving letter written by Lynsay to her deceased husband.
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“tithout any hesitation I was ready to be by your side,” she wrote. “Every step of the way. I wrote [him] every day. I was afraid to watch the news.”
Fox was not known to be romantic, she wrote. He put a ring box on her leg one day and said, “So, want to marry me?” She said, “lf course.” then he wanted to apply for a SROLFH RIfiFHU’s MRE Ln 3OyPRuWK, Lynsay took care of the paperwork.
“vou were so excited and nervous,” she wrote. “I knew when you got the job how lucky they were.”
The couple married in 2008 and hadence was born April 13, 2012, Lynsay wrote. Their second child is due in March 2013.
“vou will always be the rock of our household. vou have given me a home surrounded by loving neighbors. mlease know I am in good hands,” she concluded. “I love you more than I can tell you. vou are a true hero. I love you Brad.”
Reghan Myrsiades, of mlymouth, came with her two brothers, CJ and Dean Myrsiades, to the funeral service.
“lur father is the deputy chief of police in mlymouth, John Myrsiades,” Myrsiades said. “It is heartbreaking. It is so senseless. It should not have happened.”
Myrsiades pointed out that not only police from mlymouth had come for the funeral “but also police from across the state have come together.”
CJ Myrsiades, of mlymouth, said he was awed by the number of police who came to attend the funeral.
“As sad as everything is, it is amazing to see the number of people showing up for these [funeral] events,” CJ Myrsiades said. “The motorcycle procession and the number of people who came to pay their respect. WH wHUH WKH fiUsW SHRSOH WR EH OHW in for the viewing Tuesday and there was still a line of people just waiting for the viewing. That was just the public.”
mlymouth police Chief Joseph Lawrence said “honor and commitment” were just a few of the words he would use to describe Fox.
“te won’t get over this,” Lawrence said. “te will get through it. te will work through our grief together.”
Lawrence concluded with the simple heartfelt sentiment, “It is an honor to say I knew Brad Fox.”
A squad of Marines carries the casket of fallen Plymouth police Officer Bradley Fox from Epiphany of Our Lord church in Plymouth Sept. 19.
A long line of police escorts line the path of the hearse carrying fallen Plymouth police Officer Bradley Fox after his funeral Sept. 19.
Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox with his K-9 partner, Nick.