Why We Care.....
140 Police Officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2016. The lives of those who loved those men and women were forever changed. The loss of an Officer is profound. The sense of family created by all of those who mourn that loss is impossible to explain.
The Philadelphia Police Department has lost 274 Officers since 1797. We know that all of our Fallen Officers left behind them families, friends and colleagues for whom the loss is still very deep.
This program wants to acknowledge the sacrifice of all of Philadelphia's Fallen Police Officers and their loved ones. Most importantly, we want them to know they will NEVER be forgotten!
This program was started by the family of Philadelphia P/O John Pawlowski (EOW 2/13/2009) during the 2014 holiday season. They were inspired by the national Wreaths Across America program, and driven by the overwhelming amount of anti-police sentiment at the time. They were moved to reach out to the families of other fallen officers. They simply wanted the other families to know that their loved ones did not die in vain and that they were not going to be forgotten. That first years effort from fleeting thought to completion occurred within the course of 6 days, and only included 18 officers who were interned at the same cemetery as John. Our communities response was overwhelming!! For this reason, we decided to expand the effort to include ALL 274 officers from the Philadelphia Police Dept. who died serving our city. This was an enormous effort and took much planning.
NO ONE involved in this program receives any monetary compensation and ALL assistance, from production to distribution, is completely voluntary.
We are expanding even further in 2017!! IN 2016 We included Fallen Officers from our surrounding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania. We have also reached as far as Phoenix Arizona, Pineville Kentucky, Pelham Alabama, Jasper County Missouri, Rapid City South Dakota, Hoonah Alaska, West Jordan Utah and numerous townships in New Jersey. This year, we are covering the entire state of Pennsylvania and will continue to spread this memorial until it is nationwide!!!
Please feel free to contact us if your department is interested in starting this program in your area, we will be happy to help you get started!!!