Wives of Blue to hold fundraiser
Like the bond of the thin blue line that connects their husbands, there is a bond that connects the wives of police officers.
That bond between some local police wives is evident as they reach out to help Lynsay Fox, of New Hanover, whose husband, Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox, was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
“We really wanted to do something to help her. We don’t want her to feel alone. We wanted her to know that other police officers’ wives are there for her,” said Colleen Popiny, wife of Telford Police Officer Brett M. Popiny.
Popiny and Jennifer Seville, wife of Telford Police Officer Robert Seville, through their recently formed organization, The Wives of Blue, are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Fox family. The organization was formed earlier this year to support police officers’ wives and their families.
“The wives are united as one just like the brothers in blue. We know we can’t take her pain away but hopefully, we can ease some of her burdens,” said Popiny, referring to the tragedy suffered
by Lynsay Fox. “We just want to help them and the Plymouth Township Police Department during this tragic time and beyond.”
The event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at 100 Penn Ave., Telford, which is the parking lot of the Telford Police Department. The rain date is Oct. 7.
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Each paracord can hold up to 550 pounds. By unraveling the product, one can use the cord as well as the inner strands to tie things together to make a raft or create a tourniquet, among other uses, Popiny said.
The fundraising event will also feature activities for children.
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