Wives of Blue to hold fundraiser

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr.

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.

Dur­ing the fundraiser, the Of­fiFHr BrDG Fox SDrDForG ErDFHOHW, which will in­clude Fox’s badge num­ber, can be pur­chased for $30 and other para­cord bracelets and key­chains will be avail­able for pur­chase at $15 and $25. Cash do­na­tions and gift cards will also be ac­cepted for Fox’s fam­ily.

The black- and blue-threaded para­cords are ideal for mil­iWDry, firH, SoOLFH DnG HPHrgHnFy med­i­cal re­spon­ders and those in­volved in out­door sports such as hunt­ing, hik­ing or climb- ing, Popiny said. The para­cord bracelets, man­u­fac­tured by New Life Sur­vivor, could be used in sur­vival sit­u­a­tions if needed, of­fiFLDOV VDLG.

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.

Fox, who was fa­tally shot in the line of duty Sept. 13 af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing a hit-and-run crash and while pur­su­ing the sus­pect, LV WKH firVW 3OyPouWK oI­fiFHr HYHr to die in the line of duty. Fox, who was killed a day be­fore his 35th birthday, is sur­vived by his preg­nant wife, Lyn­say, and their daugh­ter, Kadence. Fox was a .-9 oI­fiFHr Ior WKH GHSDrWPHnW.

“This whole thing re­ally hits home,” said Popiny, whose KuVEDnG KDV EHHn D SoOLFH oIfi- cer for 12 years, three of those years with Telford and sev­eral in Phoenixville. “Ev­ery day, our hus­bands leave and we don’t know if they’re com­ing home.”

In a bizarre twist, Popiny and Seville formed The Wives of Blue just days be­fore Fox’s death. The Oct. 6 fundraiser is WKH VuSSorW grouS’V firVW IunGrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

Popiny said the group was formed to give the wives of poOLFH oI­fiFHrV DnG WKHLr IDPLOLHV D place to turn to for sup­port.

“,W’V KDrG EHLng D SoOLFH oI­fi­cer’s wife. It’s lonely. It’s scary, and yet it’s re­ward­ing be­cause your hus­band is a hero,” said Popiny, who also works as a pho­tog­ra­pher for the Na­tional 7DFWLFDO 2IfiFHrV $VVoFLDWLon.

More in­for­ma­tion about The WLYHV oI BOuH DnG D flLHr rHgDrGing the fundraiser are avail­able on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Face­book page or by email­ing the group at thewivesof­blue@ya­hoo.com.

Of­fi­cer Brad Fox with his K-9 part­ner, Nick.

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