Ser­vice for Of­fi­cer Bradley Fox draws thou­sands

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICE REPORTS - By Carl Rotenberg

SHYHUDO WKRusDnG SROLFH RI­fiFHUs from as far away as Chicago and Maine gath­ered ted­nes­day morn­ing to bear wit­ness to brav­ery unGHU fiUH Ey DWWHnGLnJ WKH LLIH CHOHEUDWLRn RI 3OyPRuWK 3ROLFH 2IfiFHU Bradley Fox at Epiphany of lur Lord Church in mly­mouth.

TKH fiYH-yHDU YHWHUDn .-9 RI­fiFHU was shot and killed last Thurs­day evening by a Lower Me­rion man wKR FDusHG D KLW-DnG-Uun WUDI­fiF DFFLGHnW, flHG IURP WKH DFFLGHnW scene and later am­bushed Fox in an area near the Schyulkill River Trail.

0RUH WKDn 100 SROLFH RI­fiFHUs from mhiladel­phia and an equal num­ber of menn­syl­va­nia State mo­lice troop­ers at­tended the funeral Mass.

“,’YH sHHn RI­fiFHUs KHUH IURP Chicago and from Maine,” said Sam Gallen, the deputy chief of Mont­gomery County De­tec­tives. “I’m not at all sur­prised by that. It’s a tragedy.”

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.

“)RU 2IfiFHU )R[ WR EH DPbushed by a coward with a gun is not God’s will. A com­mand­ment says though shalt not kill,” he said. “God’s will is to be a ser­vant. Brad lived a life of peace, love and ser­vice. Brad is in God’s hands. He is at peace. Al­low this im­agery to pen­e­trate your soul.”

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.

then he joined the Marines DnG GHSORyHG WR ,UDT IRU WKH fiUsW time, Fox asked if she was com­mit­ted to him. They had not been dat­ing for a very long time, Lyn­say wrote.

“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.”

Photo for the Gazette by GENE WALSH

A squad of Marines car­ries the cas­ket of fallen Ply­mouth po­lice Of­fi­cer Bradley Fox from Epiphany of Our Lord church in Ply­mouth Sept. 19.

Photo for the Gazette by GENE WALSH

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.

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